Whether real or imagined, bird tattoos have been a popular standard for hundreds of years. While originally only sported by sailors and fishermen, they have in recent years surged in popularity. Why are bird tattoos so popular? The reason is quite simple. Birds are powerful metaphors for our moods and phases of life. All over the world, birds have been chosen to represent the widest range of human emotions and every country and culture has stories and myths were birds play central roles. The gentle Dove provokes feelings of devotion, human and divine, while the flirtatious Partridge and the proud Cockerel have become symbols of amorous gentlemen. A popular symbol for marital bliss is the goose because geese choose mates for life. In nautical tattooing parrots and swallows are popular choices. But, probably the most revered aspect of the Bird is its ability to fly. Throughout the ages, flight is the symbol of the soul’s journey to the Hereafter. A bird in flight also stands for the light of the spirit, for beauty, transcendence, and hope. It’s also for this same reason that birds have become powerful symbols in religion. Regardless of the motive behind the acquisition of the bird tattoo, there is one thing that we all can agree on. They make some of the most stunning and beautiful pieces of work and look good on just about any part of the body.
Bird tattoos cover such a wide gambit of creatures it boggles the mind. They can be anything from an eagle to a swallow or an owl to a vulture. And of course we still have the great birds of mythology which includes the legendary Phoenix. This bird tattoo is of some sort of tropical bird with four long and very colorful tail feathers.
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