When considering getting a new tattoo, a feather may not be one of the first things that come to mind – but maybe it should be! Feathers are rich in history, culture and symbolism. Before you choose the type of feather you might like to get added to your collection of body art, consider the different types and what they mean. Feathers can symbolize literally thousands of things and it all depends on who you ask. They can mean luck, love, loss, courage and so much more. Keep reading to find out more.
Popular Kinds of Feather Tattoos
When choosing a particular feather design, think of where feathers come from –birds of course! This is one of the main reasons that people get feather tattoos (aside from their utter beauty!). They have a favorite bird and wish to put a symbol of that bird on their body. So what bird feathers are the make the most popular for tattoos?
The Peacock: This is one of nature’s most vibrantly beautiful birds on God’s green earth! They are much admired for the awesomeness of their tail feathers and the size that their tails spread to. This is a bird that symbolisms royalty and depicts brilliant colors. The spiritual meaning behind the peacock is renewal and rebirth. It is representative of holiness with just a smidge of vanity. These are meanings as ascribed by the Christian faith. The Hindus see the peacock as a symbol of kindness, compassion and luck. No matter what part of the world you are from, if you are they boastful type people may comment that you are as proud of a peacock! If so, why not get some feathers tattooed on to fit your personality?
The Eagle: This is a proud bird and a symbol of the freedom we experience in America. In fact, it is our official bird here in the United States. The eagle is viewed as noble, brave, and courageous. Many Americans get the eagle, or their feathers, tattooed on themselves for reasons of national pride. My fourth tattoo, placed in the small of my back, is an eagle with outstretched wings, clutching the American flag in its talons. Eagle feathers are also quite symbolic of the Native American people who respected this regal and majestic bird.
The Owl: This bird is often connected with thoughts of death. However, in some parts of the world they, and their feathers, are considered to be good luck charms. Owls are considered to be intelligent birds and are big in the world of magic. If you are looked upon as wise, the owl feather may be a good choice for you!
Famous People with Feather Tattoos
Celebrity tattoos are always of great interest for those who follow famous faces. Here are a few stars with feather tattoos:
- Chris Brown has feathers on his back and wings on his chest.
- Demi Lovato has a feather tattoo she says represents freedom and courage. Her design is of a turquoise feather placed behind her left ear.
- Miley Cyrus has a lovely tattoo of a dream catcher that features several feathers reaching down further below the dream catcher.
Hey, if Hannah Montana can see the beauty and significance in feather tattoos, the rest of us can certainly do so as well!