Sparrow tattoos are trendy these days, probably for some of the reasons that you will read below. These little birds have always been exceptionally social and enjoy living near humans. They are very social among themselves, as well. Depending on their species, they travel as flocks of families or as one family. The Grand Sparrows form a large, single-family community and mate for life.
Types of Sparrow Tattoos
Traditional Sparrow Tattoos
Traditional sparrow tattoos have deep and symbolic meaning. Sparrows are often seen to illustrate the lifetime commitment one shares with another.
Grand Sparrows mate for life. Some may find wearing traditional sparrow tattoo reflect their fun-loving and full-of-life nature. Others may use sparrows to represent their spirited attitude or even their freedom.
Sailors would wear sparrow tattoos to honor this good-natured little bird as it often would visit them and their ship, well before they could see land.
Traditional sparrow tattoos look great on their own. They are frequently designed with hearts or love banners or even roses for that personal touch.
Sparrow tattoos seen in a theme look great, as well. A sparrow sitting on a branch with flowers or sun in the background is a nice look too.
Tribal sparrow tattoo designs are also prevalent to illustrate the love and loyalty that two people share. Some people wear tribal sparrow tattoos as a sign of great fortune or just good luck.
The tribal ink designs work very well with these sparrow tattoos. With the dark bold lines and their sharp edges, they almost appear to show movement. The use of the tribal fire pattern in this design looks incredible. Try using a front and semi side view with wings at the bottom of their stroke. This tattoo won’t disappoint. Tribal sparrow tattoos also look great in a Celtic knot pattern.
Black sparrows are usually inked for a different symbolic meaning than for a message of love or that fun-loving personality. Some say the black sparrow loves to watch us marvel over the meaning of their messages. With all its secrets, mystery, and high intelligence, the black sparrow usually can’t be seen by the mere simple-minded.
The black sparrow tattoos may be the perfect tattoo image to represent the unknown. These sparrow tattoos illustrated as a close-up on the head and chest of the bird and calling special attention to the detail of the eyes of the sparrow (all Seeing Eye) would be pretty darn cool. Try adding this message to your tattoo. If you don’t know the answer, you will never have the encounter.
Two sparrow tattoos are considered old-school or vintage sparrow tattoos. Before the invention of Captain Jack Sparrow tattoos, they were often tattoos in pairs for various reasons.
First, they symbolize love and probably in pairs to represent each individual; secondly, they were believed to assist in pulling the ride of Goddess Aphrodite because to the Greeks, sparrows symbolize love.
Flying sparrows and Swallow tattoos are often confused with one and the other. Their meaning seems to cross as well. Perhaps it is because these birds have similar behavior.
The flying sparrows are most widely known in modern time from the famous author, S. King’s work, wherein he described the flying sparrows as carrying humans from the land of the living to the land of the dead.
Realistic Sparrow Tattoos
Realistic Sparrows would be a nice piece of ink work for the nature lover. There are hundreds to choose from.
They are most like a finch in appearance. At the same time, some are dull gray, others different shades of brown with some color. Of course, as with any tattoo, you and your artist create an original piece of work. Even with the realistic design, take some liberties.
Coloring of Sparrow Tattoos
If you want everyone to know that your sparrow is not a swallow, make sure you and your artist know the difference. For instance, the tail feathers and beaks are extremely different, as well as the coloring. Most sparrows are not colorful like the swallow. They are also much smaller.
Much of your placement decision depends on which of the design you’ve decided to get. In addition, you probably won’t want this bird in epic proportions. If you do want it in large size, then take a portion, such as a sparrow’s head, so that you can focus on the eye.
This tattoo would wear well on the chest or shoulder. Paired sparrows are traditionally inked on the chest. Another idea for paired sparrows, representing mates for life, is for each of you to wear one of them on your chest or hand. You could each choose your design or match them up. These birds are small enough to go behind the ear, wear on an ankle, wrist, foot, inner arm, lower calf, abdomen, or flying across your lower back.