A mythical bird which rose from the ashes, a phoenix is a symbol of rebirth and immortality. The enigma of this bird has mesmerized people for centuries. This mythical status entices many to visit a tattoo artist and engrave their body with a tribal phoenix tattoo. Thousands have used tattoos to express themselves using their bodies as a canvas to showcase their beliefs. Tribal tattoos have been gaining in popularity recently with many opting to get a traditional design on themselves. One of the popular designs is the tribal phoenix bird tattoos. This is a good choice for a tattoo as the design allows the use of a wide range of colors. There are many great stories associated with the mythical phoenix bird, and the most talked about is the one in which the bird rises from its ashes to live forever.
A bird with a colorful plumage and great will, the phoenix has made a mark in many ancient cultures like the Greek, Chinese and Persian. It is known as the fire bird because it was believed that the bird flew to the Sun and got fire on Earth. In ancient Greek art, you can see images of the bird with fire all around. Some even believed that the phoenix was the spirit of the Sun, and they worshiped it. Egyptians believed in the concept of afterlife and immortality, and were fascinated with the concept of a fire bird that represented the Sun God. The Egyptian variant of the phoenix bird was known as ‘Bennu’, which literally meant ‘rise’, and was symbolic of the rising and setting Sun. Let us take a look at some of the tribal phoenix bird tattoo designs.
Scorching Phoenix: Fire is very closely associated with this bird and many believed that the phoenix got fire to the earth from the sun. A design depicting the phoenix with fire on its claws and colorful wings symbolic of life is a very interesting tattoo. You could add a personal touch to this design by showcasing the phoenix with its fiery claws perched on a ledge or in flight across mountains. Use of bright colors like red, orange, and yellow, for the feathers and the flames can give your phoenix bird tattoo a unique look and feel.
Rising from Flames: A very graphic image of the phoenix rising from the flames is a great tattoo design to have on your body, it especially looks great as an upper arm tattoo and, on the shoulder region. The phoenix rising from the flames is symbolic of life’s struggles and epitomizes the ‘never give up attitude’ that everyone desires. Long red and yellow flames at the base of the tattoo with a beautiful phoenix with blue and green plumage rising towards the sky is an awesome tattoo design. These designs adorn the bodies of many people and if you wish to add a personal touch to this classic design you could show the phoenix rising in the backdrop of mountains or gray clouds.
Wide Wing Span: One of the most widely used design is the phoenix with its wings spread wide and, in flight. You could let the tattoo artist have a free rein with the wings and can inculcate intricate shapes for wings. These designs can be used with great flexibility as you can have many color combination’s for the wings. Some even like to use black shading to give the wings more density and depth. A variation that can give this design a personal connection is to have a long flowing tail for your bird. The Greek mythology gives an insight into the meaning of tribal phoenix tattoos and according to them, it is a fire bird and hence, they used gold and scarlet colors to depict the bird.
Tribal phoenix tattoos are finding their way onto the bodies of many people, and mostly because the bird is symbolic of hope and strength. The phoenix tattoo is so popular that stars of the famous girl band ‘Spice Girls’ Melanie C and Melanie Brown have phoenix tattoos on their back and shoulders.