Owl tattoos can be a popular choice of tattoo design. The popularity of the owl is easy to explain. With their large eyes, Owl’s have a very distinctive appearance. The forward facing eyes and noticeable ears of many owls also gives them an appearance closer to our own than that of other birds. Also, for many people, Owls epitomise wisdom and experience. Owl’s are very clever hunters and of a solitary nature. They are also winged creatures, possessing much grace – Owl’s posses the innate ability to fly almost completely silently. Owl’s hunt only at night so perhaps this nocturnal nature also appeals to some. They can also have quite spiritual significance and featured prominently in the legends of many cultures. These days many owls are endangered and could be thought of as something quite rare and precious.
From an artistic view, Owl tattoos can be visually striking, highly detailed and colourful tattoo designs. They give a talented tattoo artist a chance to really show his skill. Owl tattoo designs can also be any size, making it possible to place a Owl tattoo on any part, or area of the body. It is also possible to combine an Owl tattoo design with other styles. An Owl tattoo rendered in a tribal style could look very striking.
Owl Tattoo Meaning
An Owl tattoo design can have many different meanings depending on what the wearer wants to portray. In the past owls have been associated with both wisdom and as bad omens. Owls are now endangered and quite rare, which could also be a theme.
Types of Owl Tattoos include:
Traditional Owl Tattoos. The owl is most often associated as a symbol of wisdom. A traditional owl tattoo design could be worn to express a love of learning or willingness to learn new things.
Barn Owl Tattoo. Perhaps one of the most easily recognizable owls is the barn owl and this can be a great choice for a tattoo design.
Cute Owl Tattoo. Many women or girls choose a quite cute owl tattoo design.
Flying Owl Tattoo. Owls do fly and you can use this in a flying owl tattoo design. This type of tattoo can look very effective upon the chest or upper back.
Old School Owl Tattoos. Owls lend themselves well to the old school style. An old school owl tattoo design would have a black outline and quite bold colours.
Celebrities with Owl Tattoo body art include:
Rapper Drake has an owl tattoo on his back.
History of Owl Tattoos
People in the west usually associate owls with wisdom. This goes back to ancient Greece where the owl was the symbol of the city-state of Athens and the cities patron Goddess Athena. Athens was renowned throughout Greece as a great centre of culture and learning. It is easy to see why Athens choose the owl as their symbol. Owl’s are extremely clever hunters and a remarkable feat of evolution. Their abnormally large eyes are well adapted, so that they can see well in the dark. An owl can turn it’s head an amazing 270 degrees without moving it’s body. They also have extremely acute hearing. It’s pretty easy to see why the Athenians were so impressed.
The owl was not always so well regarded in the rest of Europe. The solitary nature of the owl, it’s often eerie hoot and nocturnal habits gave the bird an unworldly appearance which led to many other cultures seeing the owl as a bird of ill omen. The Romans thought of it as a funereal bird. The hoot of an owl was thought to be a death-howl foretelling death. One owl caused a great deal of trouble when it strayed into the capitol of Rome, triggering a long period of sacrifice and purification.
Interestingly, the French borrowed from both sets of earlier beliefs. In France they have both eared and earless species of owl. Eared owls are seen as symbols of wisdom, while the earless ones were thought to be bad luck. The image of the owl as a bird of bad omen was not only confined to Europe. In Arab mythology owl’s could be bad omens. There are still people in Africa today who believe that if you hear the hoot of an owl someone is going to die soon.
In the Americas, both the Aztecs and Maya considered the owl to be a symbol of death and destruction. The Aztec God of Death, was often depicted accompanied by owls. Many Native American tribes believed owls to be the messengers and harbingers of dark powers. The Cherokee believed that if an owl flew over you in broad day light, then someone close to you would die very soon. In modern times, many species of owl have become endangered, making them something quite rare and precious. You can find many depictions of owls online, which could help you find your own great tattoo ideas.
Where on the body can you wear an Owl Tattoo?
Owl tattoos can be extremely versatile. Owl tattoo designs lend themselves to pretty much any size, large or small. Therefore, it is possible to have an Owl tattoo design on pretty much any part of the body. A talented tattoo artist should have little trouble drawing a really striking design to fit any place on your body you choose. A detailed Owl design can also look very striking over quite a large surface. For instance, a highly detailed Owl tattoo design can look simply amazing covering quite a large area upon a persons back.
It is also possible to combine an Owl tattoo with other style and designs. If you are thinking about getting a Owl tattoo you will find a lot of very fine examples of Owl body art, Owl tattoo pictures and Owl tattoo images to help inspire your tattoo ideas – including examples of Owl tattoo flash – by looking on the internet.
Other great places to put Owl Tattoos would be:
Owl tattoos on neck
Owl tattoo on arm
Owl tattoos on hip
Owl back tattoos
Owl wrist tattoos
Owl tattoos on leg
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