In the list of the most outstanding tattoos in the contemporary world Owl Tattoos hold a special place. Owl, majorly being a symbol of protection and wisdom, mystery and intelligence is a special tattoo for tattoo lovers.
Owl symbolism has roots in diversity of cultures like Greek, Egyptian, Hindu or Celtic. Bearers of owls tattoos usually relate to different symbolic meaning of an owl. Owl was a favorite bird of Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom. Greek symbolism of owl being a sigh of wisdom has persisted till today. In other cultures, like Egyptian or Celtic, owl was considered to be a protector of the dead. Owl would be a guardian of underworld and dark nights. Owls, are sometimes seen as the symbols of transition as the bird was believed to bear the soul of those who had passed away and pass it to another world. For Native Americans owl was also a bird who was keeping sacred knowledge, as owls are very sensitive towards weather changes and their behavior can tell a lot about coming weather conditions. In addition to this, owls can see at night, that is why Native Americans considered owls to know all the secret information.
Owl tattoo Ideas, Owl Tattoo designs
In addition to deep and mysterious meaning, owls tattoos are also popular as they offer limitless possibilities for design. There are over 200 species of Owls around the world and this diversity offers infinite choices to tattoo lovers. If you are looking for an owl tattoo idea here are some of the examples. Look through the ideas offered below and then chose your favorite owl tattoo design.
An owl tattoo can in fact be very simple. It can be first performed in drawing, with a black pencil, owl shape can be created by combination of several lines. Such simple owl tattoos, performed in black ink can have any size. They can be small and placed on a wrist or an ankle. They can also be larger to cover larger parts of belly and shoulders. However, as majority of owl tattoos are actually colorful and have complicated pattern, simple owl tattoos are lately considered to be more unique and personal.
But, if you are the one who enjoys colors and esthetics of colorful tattoos you can also find hundreds of cute owl tattoos for you. For example you can make your owl tattoo look like a cartoon character or actually tattoo a real cartoon character. That can give your tattoo a fun look and also let you play with such ideas as wisdom and divinity. Sometimes, people put glasses on an owl, to emphasize its mining in a humorous way.
It is also popular to tattoo an owl siting on a tree. The full picture give your tattoo artist or a designer more possibility to experiment with shapes and colors and create a unique and eye catching tattoo for you. This sort of tattoos are usually done in bigger size, and most common places for them on the body are shoulder, back and thigh.
If your tattoo artist is experienced with making shades and combining diversity of colors, then owl with its wing spread is just for you. Artists can make magnificent designs with owl’s wings. Darker colors where red, dark green and black dominate give the tattoo stunning and a magic look. Owl tattoos performed in brighter colors are also spectacular as body and the wings of the owl create endless possibilities for the imagination of an artist.
It is almost impossible to exhaust owl tattoo designs in one article. Owl tattoos or just owl paintings have been inspirational to hundreds of people during last century and many creative, surprising, unique designs have been created. Just have a look to the picture gallery below and find an owl tattoo most suitable for you.