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What is the Meaning behind Bird Tattoos

By Mary Smith. Updated: August 29, 2017
What is the Meaning behind Bird Tattoos
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Birds have become a very popular, recurring design in tattoos, particularly amongst women. All of them symbolise freedom, but you can find tattoos of many different bird species and each one of them has a different meaning. Bird tattoos can be adapted to any part of the body. In the following OneHowTo article, we will show you some examples of this type of tattoo and we will explain the meaning behind bird tattoos in detail.

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Although there are an infinite variety of birds in the world, bird tattoos, in general, are commonly used to express a sense of freedom, peace and good fortune. There can't really be any feeling of freedom greater than to be as free as a bird. Within the art of tattooing, certain bird species and designs have been more popular than others. Let us see which ones below.

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Tattoos of birds in full flight are among the most popular. The example shown in the image is a design very popular with women who opt for tattoos of small black birds all in the same place and following a specific path, simulating migrating birds. The meaning behind this bird tattoo suggests the need to go to other places, a free spirit, or wanting a constant change and variety of life; living without restraints or too many obligations.

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Another of the most popular bird tattoos is the eagle. As we know, the eagle is one of the world's most powerful wild birds, and that is why a tattoo of an eagle is often chosen to symbolise the tattooed person's strength, tenacity, rebellion and aggression. In addition, the eagle has the ability to fly silently wherever it pleases; therefore, it is also a perfect design for those who wish to reflect their free spirit.

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Unlike the eagle, dove tattoos are far removed from any aggressive or rebellious characteristics. These birds are the main symbol of peace and harmony and, due to Christian beliefs, are often represented with an olive branch in their beaks, reminding us of the importance of achieving a fresh start and change. They also symbolise eternal love, fidelity and compassion, so a dove tattoo could be a good option for romantic and affectionate people.

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The owl, a creature of the night, has always been associated with the darkness and has had a special significance in many folk legends. It is for this reason that owl tattoos are a strong representation of mystery, magic and the dark side. Owls are very solitary birds, so it is an ideal tattoo design for those who cherish their independence and follow their own rhythm of life.

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Among men, the most popular bird tattoo is the mythological beast - the phoenix. This is a bird from Greek mythology which is consumed by fire but then rises again from its own ashes. It is for this reason that it has become a great symbol of strength, aggression and immortality. The significance of phoenix tattoos is also linked to personal growth and new beginnings.

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Patricia
When I was in health care in the hospital setting I saw many men over the years from the WWII era with blue birds or swallows on their chests. They were one demential with no "shading" that I remember. There would be two birds pointing downward and looked as though they were going to converge in the center of the chest. I was wondering if it had a special meaning since I saw quite a few. Thank you for your time and help.
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Hi Patricia,

Swallows are very common sailor tattoos, especially the two on the chest. This is, in part, due to swallows being signs that a ship is near to land. Since swallows don't stray too far from the shore, if they were seen, it was a sign of hope that the crew would find land soon.

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