Before we get to the images of some amazing owl tattoos let’s talk a bit about the owl itself. Owls have long been thought to be wise and somewhat mysterious creatures. In ancient Greek mythology, the Goddess of wisdom Athena favored owls greatly and she is often depicted with them. Owls, as well as Athena, were said to be watchful and protective. The owl was such a prominent figure in Greek culture that coins from the city-state of Athens had images of owls on them to protect their trades and investments.
In other mythologies, the owl was associated with hunting, night time, and death. This is particularly true of English folklore, which often describes owls as a notorious “bird of doom.” Their nocturnal nature makes them very mysterious creatures, but there is no doubt that they are very skilled in their silent and precise hunting abilities.
Many people choose to get owl tattoos to represent this idea of wisdom or skillful hunting. If you are considering getting an owl tattoo, check out some of these great examples!
Barn Owl Tattoo
The barn owl in this tattoo sits upon a bed of roses.
Unique Owl Tattoo
This owl tattoo incorporates unique details, such as eyes an umbrellas, to create a truly individual piece of work.
Owl Neck Tattoo
This owl tattoo is placed on the back of the neck as a way to harness wisdom.
Blue Owl Tattoo
This small blue owl is a cute neck tattoo.
Alert Owl Tattoo
This owl tattoo is positioned on the forearm, among a moon and leaves.
Owl Arm Tattoo
This large owl with bright yellow eyes is a wise choice for a tattoo.
Natural Owl Tattoo
Leaves and vines form the image of an owl in this beautiful tattoo.
Intricate Owl Tattoo
Leaf and floral patterns work together to create this intricate and slightly abstract owl tattoo.
White Owl Tattoo
White ink gives this snowy owl a cool look.
Geometric Owl Tattoo
Geometric designs make this owl tattoo precise, symmetrical, and unique.
Starry Owl Tattoo
This blue and orange owl tattoo sits very alert on a background of stars.
Purple Owl Tattoo
This sleepy purple owl is perched atop a cherry blossom branch.
Skeleton Key Owl Tattoo
This dark owl holds a skeleton key, perhaps unlocking unknown mysteries.
Owl Key Tattoo
This owl is pictured with a key in the center of its chest, perhaps symbolizing the key to knowledge or wisdom.
Colorful Owl Tattoo
The rich colors of this owl tattoo make for a beautiful work of body art.