There are few designs that can compete in terms of popularity with the feather. The anchor, star, heart, and cross are perhaps the only designs that can give the feather a run for it’s money. For as long as man has walked the earth, feathers have been symbolic in nature. What the feather symbolized varied greatly depending on the current time period and culture. In most civilizations, feathers were a symbol of beauty and elegance—widely used to decorate everything from clothing, to weapons.
Feathers come in all shapes, sizes, and color. Their natural beauty makes them an alluring choice when it comes to body art and decoration. The intricate construction that all feathers posses, allow artists to dive deep into detail and create some truly breathtaking works of art. But don’t take our word for it. Here are just a few of some of the most amazing feather tattoos around.
This floral feather.
This watercolor work.
Here we have a pretty basic feather with strategically placed blotches of watercolor that compliment the bold lines of the feather. (Photo: Violetta Headbanger)
This forearm piece.
The first culture that comes to mind when we see feathers is usually the Native American Indians of North America. Native Americans wore feathers in their hair, attached them to their clothing, weapons, horses, and ceremonial objects with a gusto not seen in other cultures. They believe that the feather symbolizes just about everything. From strength and honor, to trust, wisdom, freedom, and power, so it’s easy to see why feathers play such an important role in their lifestyle. (Photo: Aleksandra Kozubska)
This feathered arrow.
This magnificent mixture.
The bottom half of this absolutely fantastic work has a creative naturalistic theme to it. Various flowers, leaves, and branches replace the vane on the lower portion of the feather. (Photo: Eric Ryan)
This peacock feather.
This beautiful feather with text.
This gigantic back piece.
Flowing patterns and stylistic lines make this sketch-style black and grey ink piece a feast for the eyes. From the trap, all the way down to the waist, this is definitely one of the largest examples we’ve seen in a while. (Photo: Ivy Saruzi)
This artistic composition.
Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of these abstract watercolor works and Uncl Paul may have just been the man who started the trend. (Photo: UPK)
These splashes of color.
Harmonious splashes of color are expertly paired to frame this flowing feather. The use of white ink really gives the work an elegant sheen. (Photo: Billy)