Impossible to speak of a single meaning for the tattoo of birds. After all, it’s also impossible to think of just one thing when you come across these fascinating animals in nature.
While their flight is a great symbol of freedom, their song reminds us of beauty, their colors make us think of diversity, and their migration can be a metaphor for the search for change. And you, what do you usually think when you see a bird? Check out 80 tattoo inspirations and find the one that suits you best.
1. A nice thing is that birds make for very delicate tattoos
2. But not necessarily
3. After all, there is not only one kind of bird
4. Just as there is not only one way to represent them
5. Tattooing flying birds, for example, is deservedly a classic
6. Referring to freedom
7. And that it looks beautiful on various parts of the body
8. Like on the back
9. On the forearm
10. On the feet
11. Or even on the leg
12. Another way to represent birds is next to something beautiful and/or tasty
13. Like next to fruit
14. Or of some flower
15. After all, birds are often part of landscapes
16. So it’s only fair to represent them in tattooing too
17. Whether through realistic drawing
18. Or more figuratively
19. Do you know another cool thing about birds?
20. Many species don’t like to live alone
21. What is a great excuse to tattoo more than one bird
22. Both in the same region of the body
23. How much in separate regions…
24. That come together in a strategic way
25. With the bird resting on a branch, the tattoo also looks delicate
26. And can be adapted to different shapes and sizes
27. Like big and colorful on thighs
28. Or very small and minimalist on the arm
29. Look how this one, on the back, is both eye-catching and delicate!
30. Birds can also be depicted carrying something in their beaks
31. A romantic element like a garland
32. Or even something more symbolic, like a bunch of keys
33. How about the key to your own cage?
34. As always, in tattooing, the style is up to you
35. Without outline, this bird tattoo is very delicate
36. Like this more realistic tattoo on the rib
37. The geometric style can appear in an origami bird
38. Or even as a complement to other tattoo styles
39. For example, by creating a kind of frame for other drawings
40. Whether they are well delimited or not
41. Also for delicate tattoos, the watercolor style works very well
42. Although it is more realistic and resembles a painting
43. Speaking of realism, the technique can be mixed with pointillism
44. Old school tattoos are fun and can carry powerful messages
45. Equally classic, the blackwork style stands out for its versatility
46. With bird tattoos that can be delicate
47. Most notable
48. Or standing midway between the delicate and the intriguing
49. Blackwork can even be given a touch of color
50. How about an oriental-influenced tattoo?
51. Or a colorful, graphically styled one?
52. The gray wash style works well with realistic drawings
53. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to combine techniques and designs
54. Just as you shouldn’t be afraid to bet on “different” birds
55. And not only with regard to the species of the bird
56. After all, who says it needs to be real?
57. The bird can, for example, resemble a Tibetan painting
58. For those who like series, this one may refer to the three-eyed raven from Game of Thrones
59. And the pencil bird appears in Alice in Wonderland
60. Already this bird emits its own light
61. Even more playful, this bird is also quite unique
62. Like this one, which mixes several techniques
63. Of course, it is also possible to print a lot of style on a real bird
64. As in hummingbird tattoos
65. From a nice parakeet
66. From an orange corrupion
67. And, why not, a very tropical toucan?
68. The choice of place for the bird tattoo should also be well thought out
69. The back, for example, functions as a large canvas
70. While the bird tattoo on the hands can be bold and delicate
71. On the collarbone, the tattoo also looks very charming
72. With two birds on the same thigh, the result is striking
73. But it is also possible to combine two designs, one on each thigh
74. Whenever possible, it’s nice to have the bird interact with the tattoo location
75. As in this one, where the bird makes a low flight from the shin to the feet
76. The cool thing about this bird tattoo on the shoulder is that it also goes around the neck
77. While in this one, one of the birds seems to want to fly off the back
78. As is also the case with this tattoo of a wounded but moving on bird
79. Elegant, this bird tattoo on the rib skirts the breast
80. Finally, a blackwork tattoo inspiration that takes advantage of the shin
So, ready to let the urge to get a bird tattoo take flight?