Although it’s probably the least seen bird in the wild — think about it, when was the last time you saw an owl — owls have become one of the most popular tattoo designs as of late. Just do a Google search and you can literally look at owl tattoos until the cows come home. My theory on their extreme popularity is that owls, and their large eyes, make attractive drawings — basically the most common motivating factor in the decision making process.
Out of the thousands of owl tattoos Google images returns, a surprisingly large percentage of them are of great quality. Which is not the norm when you Google a specific tattoo design. For instance if you Google dolphin tattoos, you get back a lot of lackluster designs. I think the overall high standard of quality associated with owl tattoos is due to the owl tattoo’s popularity in the art world. Hipsters, art lovers, and generally people with good taste are common hosts of this particular design.
After spending a few hours going through all the designs, I cherry picked the best of the best for you to enjoy.
1. GEOMETRIC OWL
This unique design incorporates an almost step-like geometric design into the breast.
2. OWL WITH HIS HOUSE IN THE FOREGROUND
Amazing colors and design. I’m really curious as to why this little bird house is in the foreground. Must be an inside joke.
3. OWL FRAME WITH LIGHT HOUSE INSIDE
If I got an owl tattoo, this would probably be it. I can’t stop looking at this design. Definitely saved as one of my all time favorites.
4. ADORABLE ANKLE TATTOO
This little owl = cute overload. A great little owl design for those looking for something small.
5. OWL PERCHED ON BRANCH
6. OWL ON BACK WITH FLOWERS
Absolutely gorgeous full back piece of an almost oil painting like owl surrounded with beautiful flowers.
8. BREATHTAKING DESIGN AND COLOR WITH JEWEL BETWEEN THE OWLS EYES
9. These eyes.