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Why Hummingbird Tattoos Are More Killer than Cute

Why Hummingbird Tattoos Are More Killer than Cute
Tattoo Ideas1 min Read

Contrary to popular opinion, hummingbird tattoos are actually the toughest looking bird tattoos people can get.

Most people think that eagles are the most badass birds in nature, but they’re wrong. This widespread misconception even pervades body art. People get birds of prey on their bodies to appear tougher all the time, but if they really want to look hardcore, they should get hummingbird tattoos.

A beautiful watercolor hummingbird by Jorell (IG—thejorell). #Jorell #hummingbird #watercolor
A hummingbird feeds on some of Phil Garcia's signature roses. (Via IG - philgarcia805) #hummingbird #watercolor

Hummingbirds are also straight up sugar junkies that will do anything to get their fix. These little tweakers use their spear-like beaks to lick up over half their body weight in uncut glucose every day, pillaging each flower in their zig-zaggy path as they spell out what it is to live for the moment. 

A killer hummingbird by Chad Whitson (IG—chadwhitsontattoo). #ChadWhitson #color #hummingbird #traditional
Flowers and a hummingbird by Savannah Colleen McKinney (IG— savannahcolleen). #blackwork #linework #dotwork #SavannahColleenMcKinney #flowers #hummingbird

Hummingbird tattoos’ impressiveness extends into the legends and myths surrounding them. In Aztec society, the god of war, the sun, human sacrifice, and the patron of Tenochtitlan — Huitzilopochtli — was thought to take the form of a hummingbird from time to time. It was believed that soldiers transformed into hummingbirds after falling in battle. 

A hummingbird feeding on a daffodil by Pepa Heller (IG—pepabohemiantattoo). #realism #color #PepaHeller #flower #daffodil #hummingbird
An abstracted depiction of a hummingbird by Karl Marks (IG—karlmarks1). #geometric #abstract #KarlMarks #bird #hummingbird
A tiny realistic hummingbird by Francine Launspach (IG—francine_launspach). #blackandgrey #FrancineLaunspach #hummingbird #microtattoo #realistic
An incredibly vibrant portrait of a hummingbird by Megan Massacre (IG—megan_massacre). #realistic #hummingbird #tattoo #MeganMassacre
Anabi captures the blur of hummingbird wings in this one (IG—anabi_tattoo). #Anabi #color #hummingbird #realism
A trippy sequence of hummingbird silhouettes by Justin Nordine (IG—justinnordinetattoos). #hummingbird #JustinNordine #silhouette #watercolor

To check out more tattoos, maybe even a few more bird tattoos, migrate to these tattooists’ Instagrams. Should you want to show how these winged daredevils are actually the most badass flyers in the world, get a hummingbird tattoo. We suggest on your bicep.

Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium