A beautiful peace dove tattoo is full of significance for the wearer. It can be symbolic of peace, hope, love, fidelity, innocence or purity, or it may have other specific religious or supernatural connotations. In contemporary times the dove of peace has become a universal symbol for peace-lovers and anti-war protestors all over the world. As a tattoo subject it has always been an extremely popular choice and if you are considering a peace dove tattoo for yourself, you might want to delve a little more deeply into the significance behind your choice.
Everyone knows the biblical story of how Noah saved the human race and all the animals from extinction during the great flood. The story tells that after a year on the ark, Noah released a dove to find land and this returned with an olive branch (itself a sign of peace and friendship) in its beak, from which Noah realised that the flood waters had receded.
The dove became a symbol of peace to Christians because Noah took it as a sign of God’s forgiveness, as God had caused the flood originally because he wanted to […]
Hummingbird tattoo designs are a relatively modern trend in tattoo designs. Because these birds are among the smallest birds in existence, they make interesting subjects for tattoos and are greatly sought-after, particularly by women. But what accounts for their sudden popularity as tattoo designs? Perhaps it’s because of their pretty, neat little features as a stand-alone design, or perhaps because they make an excellent additional detail to a larger, more intricate design. At any rate, because of the increasing popularity of hummingbird tattoo designs, we need to delve a little deeper into the stories and legends about this colourful, tiny creature.
In the natural world, hummingbirds are not the type of bird you see in your garden every day. They are only found in the western hemisphere, feeding off nectar, like bees. The Central American Aztecs believed they had supernatural powers because when an exceptionally brave warrior, conceived from a ball of feathers, died in battle, his mortal body vanished and a hummingbird whirred up from the ground and led his people to victory.
If you want to introduce a splash of colour into your lives, what better way to do so than by colourful bird tattoos? These have always been amongst the most popular of tattoo designs. After all, what more colourful creatures has nature given us than birds; and what creatures more rich in symbolic meaning? From the mythological Greek or Japanese phoenix to the modern American eagle, the history of tattooing can almost be traced through bird designs. And it is not very difficult to understand why.
Throughout history, the entire world over, birds have represented the full spectrum of human emotions and every culture has its myths and legends concerning them. Bird imagery has long been part of the language of some cultures – from mother hens to old crows, chicks, doves, birds (and love birds), and these usually refer to women. Shakespeare drew heavily on the similarity between taming a wild bird and changing a shrewish woman into an ideal wife in one of his plays. But bird tattoos have always been popular with both genders.
If you are just beginning to think about tattoos for yourself, you will almost certainly have looked at phoenix tattoo art, and possibly even been influenced by these fabulous designs into considering a tattoo in the first place. In England there is a popular saying amongst animal lovers, that a pet is for life, not just for Christmas, and this could also apply to tattoos because removal is neither easy nor cheap.
You therefore need to make sure that the design you choose is one you know you will be happy to live with for many years to come. In my opinion, however, if you choose a phoenix tattoo and a reputable tattoo artist, you will be happy with your design forever.