People get tattoos for many reasons. Some do it for art, some do it as a form of self-expression. Getting a tattoo is a major decision, thus choosing the right tattoo design is important to many. One of the more popular design for both men and women is a feather. Many are attracted to this design because it is not just beautiful, but it has a lot of different meanings. Because of this, the tattoo becomes more than just a tattoo as it holds symbolic meaning to the bearer.
The different deep and symbolic meanings of feather started hundreds of years ago. It varies from cultures to cultures, from tribes to tribes, from religions to religions. Below are some well-known cultural significances of feather to some tribes and religions.
Feather is very symbolic to the Native Americans that it is not only in tattoos where you can see them wear it, but also in headdresses, weapons, and dreamcatchers. For the Native Americans, the meaning of the feather also depends on the type of bird it came from (which will mention later on).
It is not only in America where feathers are associated with spirituality, In Egypt, it is also a common object used when worshipping the gods. It is believed that feathers were related to the sky gods. For Egyptians, feather tattoos represent the goddess of truth and justice, the Egyptian Goddess Matt. It is said that the feather represents the weight of the heart of the deceased during the process of mummification. This will help determine the fortune of the deceased and is related to the next phase of afterlife.
As for Christians, it is said that the feathers is associated with different virtues. Three feathers together represents the three great virtues: faith, hope and charity. Aside from the cultural and spiritual meanings of feather in general, the colors and origins of feathers have meanings as well.
Here are some common tattoo designs associated with a feather.
- A dream catcher is a common tattoo design associated with a feather. Like what we’ve said, it originated from the early Native American times. It greatly represents the rich cultural heritage of the Natives.
- The dreamcatcher is also believed to keep negative energies, bad dreams, and nightmares away.
- The feathers attached to the dreamcatcher stands for air and breath. It is through the movement of the feathers where bad energy exits and positive and peaceful dreams arrive.
- The feathers used in the design also represent something. Two of the more common choices are the feathers of the owl which represent wisdom and eagle which symbolizes courage.
- A dreamcatcher that contains one gemstone is said to represent the creator of life. If it contains four, it represents the ordinal directions.
- A dreamcatcher tattoo is a great choice for both men and women. Most young adults go for this design as it can also represent their “artsy” side.
- Peacock design is a popular choice among female. It’s beautiful, vibrant colorful design attracts women. But aside from its stunning design, it also carries different meanings to it. For some, the peacock feather design represents creativity and rebirth.
- The expression “Proud as a Peacock” or being a proud person is also one of the meanings of this design.
- The pattern of the tail feathers of the peacock is referred to as 100 eyes. It could mean two different things. First, it can mean that you are the type of person who is open minded. It means that you are open to what the world will give you and is ready to face everything challenges headed your way. On the other hand, it can also symbolize the “evil eye” which is common in Greek, Egyptian and Roman mythology. But it doesn’t necessarily mean to be bad, it is said to protect its bearer.
- In Ancient Chinese belief, a peacock is associated with superstition and pregnancy. It is said that a peacock can help a woman who has a problem in conceiving. The beautiful peacock tattoo design in pregnant women is also believed to help in easy labor and can bring fortune to the newborn.
- For Indians, peacock feather tattoos serve as a protection to negative energy and spirits.If you love fashion, this is also a good tattoo design for you. Peacock design symbolizes tailors and is also a popular design for people who are in the fashion industry. With this tattoo design, your creative side will surely stand out.
- It also represents inner beauty and optimism, perfect design for the life-loving girl!
BIRDS and FREEDOM
- Another popular meaning given to a feather design tattoo is freedom.
- Most of the time, a feather tattoo design comes with birds.
- If this is the case, it most likely to mean “wanting to be free” or “free as a bird”.
- This design is also common for both men and women.
- The deep meaning behind this design is perfect for those who want a tattoo that will symbolize their freedom or being free.
FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY
- One of the more religious meaning of feather tattoo is the 3 theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity.
- People who hold these virtues (Fides, Spes et Caritas) close to their heart choose the three feather design.
- Both men and women have this inked to their body to work as a “reminder” for them.
- If you are looking for a tattoo design to serve the same purpose, this will absolutely be perfect for you.
FEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH CULTURE AND SPIRITUALITY
- It is in Native American culture where feather is very much associated with their spirituality and is commonly used in ritualistic ceremonies.
- The origins of feathers hold different meanings as well.
- The most common is the feather that comes from an eagle. It holds prestige and is said to represent great leadership skills, courage and strength.
- Another is the feather that comes from a dove which symbolises hope, faith, love, kindness, and gentleness.
- A feather from a falcon on the other hand, is said to represent speed and movement.
- A feather from hawk is also commonly used and is said to symbolise strength and guardianship
QUILL FEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH CREATIVITY
- Feather tattoos are also associated with creavity.
- A Quill is used for writing
- Writers prefer feather tattoo design which is Quill
FEATHERS AND COLORS
- Black is the traditional and common colour of tattoos and it said to represent wisdom. Others choose to inject colours in their tattoos.
- White represents spirituality, peace and hope.
- Red represents passion, energy, emotions and courage.
- Blue represents knowledge and peace.
- Yellow represents sun, energy, joy, positivity.
- Green represents nature, the environment, healing, unity and growth.
- Orange represents love, optimism, creativity, independence.
- Pink represents romance, harmony, compassion, and gentleness.
- Grey represents neutrality and flexibility.
- Purple represents spiritual connection Brown represents earth, endurance and respect.
So you finally chose the design that you want for your tattoo and you want one of the designs you’ve seen above. You finally decided on getting a tattoo – for real now. But before making that big move, there are few things you should know BEFORE GETTING A TATTOO. Read on to find out:
- Tattoo can cause an allergic reaction. Just like food, makeup, and other items – tattoo is the same and can cause an allergic reaction. The inks have different components and formulas that are the same in other items that can cause allergies. The reaction to one is not the same as yours. So do yourself a favor, visit a dermatologist and have yourself checked beforehand so that you’re aware of what type of ink you should use and you should avoid.
- If you are planning to get your tattoo done by one of the known artists, make sure that you are very much willing to wait. These famous tattoo artists usually have a waiting list that goes up to a year or longer! If you can’t wait, then try to find another artist who is just as capable and talented. That way, you’ll get your tattoo as soon as you want it and you’ll be able to save a little amount too!
- Be sure that you have enough tattoo funds. Of course, we’re all about saving a little money. But you have to keep in mind that a good tattoo comes with a price. The price of a tattoo depends on the design, the size, area where you want it covered, and more importantly, the artist. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to give up everything at once. Do your research and ask around. You have to be financially prepared for this as a good quality tattoo starts from $50 (for a tiny design) to a few month’s worth of rent (for the bigger, more elaborate design).
- Know your tattoo artist. They are much different from other workers. If they are good and reputable, it is sure that they earn well. Thus, if they choose to not work with you, they can actually do that.
- Never bargain. The prices of tattoo and the fee of tattoo artists are non-negotiable. Unless if you are really, really good friends with the artist.
- Drop by and check the shop where you plan to get your tattoo. Make time to drop by personally and check the place if it looks clean and hygienic. Even if you have read tons of good reviews about the tattoo shop you’ve been eyeing, it is better to see it for yourself. By checking the place personally, you’ll feel the “vibes” of the shop and the people working there. Schedule a consultation with the artist so you can ask all the questions you have in mind including the pricing. Check if the tattoo artist has a license too. This will ensure that the artist knows all necessary safety measures that will avoid blood-borne pathogens (Hepatitis, etc). Better be safe than sorry, right? This will help you decide whether it is the “right” place to get your first tattoo or time to look for another one.
- Be open and communicate to the artist. Don’t be afraid to say what you want, what you like and what you want to avoid. One of the primary ingredients to get your dream tattoo is a good communication. Let the artist know what you want, exchange ideas, and collaborate. Getting a tattoo is like getting a haircut, if you don’t speak up, you might end up getting something you didn’t want in the first place.
- If you are planning to add words in your design, proofread. If you have to read it again and again, do it. Your tattoo will include words so pay attention to detail. Always spell-check and let the artist know if there is a missing or wrong letter. You don’t want to end up getting a word that you don’t like or don’t have any sense at all.
- Consider the area where you plan on getting the tattoo. Keep in mind that if you are planning to get the tattoo inked on your ribs, feet, or butt, it will hurt more than the other areas. It is more painful in those areas. Consider bringing a pain-reliever that you can take after your appointment to help reduce the pain.
- Tattoos on your hands and feet will most likely fade faster than on the other areas. Since we use our hands and feet during the day, the skin in these areas regenerates more quickly than the others. So you might want to reconsider these areas if you are planning to get more out of your hard-earned money.
- Lastly, you can get a tattoo in any part of your body. Yes, that’s right.
Getting a tattoo is an exciting and a memorable experience. Whether you are getting a tattoo design solely for its beautiful design or the deep meaning behind it, knowing a little about the background of the design wouldn’t hurt. Also, make sure to be knowledgeable about the process of getting a tattoo first. Getting a tattoo is a big decision. You wouldn’t want to get into something that you are totally clueless about. Watch out for our other articles for more beautiful design options and learn the things that you need to know DURING and AFTER getting a tattoo.