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Feather Tattoo Meaning and 105 Inspiring Tattoos to Choose From

by Sherri Owens

The feather tattoo meaning depends on what kind of feather it is - from eagle feathers to angel feathers, the options are endless!

As an artist, I have always been fascinated with the symbology behind various signs. As feather tattoos have become increasingly popular, I decided to delve into the meaning behind each option to be sure that I did each design justice.

Come along and learn what the various feathers mean.

Meaningful Feather Tattoos

Here are the feather tattoo designs that you should consider if you're looking for ink with meaning:

Small Feather Tattoos

Just because you want to get a feather tattoo doesn't mean you should go all out. You may want something delicate or subtle.

If this is the case, a tiny feather tattoo is just the right option. When you think of a small design, you might imagine a simple feather tattoo.

Well, if you prefer something more minimalistic, your small feather tattoo can be more simple. On the other hand, it is possible for a small piece of ink to be incredibly complex too.

It all depends on the feather tattoo design that you prefer as well as the meaning you would like to depict with it.

Icy Blue and Purple Feather Wrist Tattoo

Image by @somethingtattoo via Instagram

Black Feather Tattoo Piece

Image by @north_ink__ via Instagram

Simple Feather Wrist Tattoo with Text

Image by @meganscribbleink via Instagram

Blue Feather ArmTattoo

Image by @mooji_tt via Instagram

Purple Inked Single Feather Tattoo

Image by @victoria.tattoohk via Instagram

Single Grey Feather Tattoo For Hands

Image by @audreysantiago.art via Instagram

Water Colored Feather Tattoo On Chest

Image by @wildonestattoo via Instagram

Eagle Feather Tattoos

As you might have guessed already, eagle feathers are held in the highest esteem in many cultures, but it has particular importance in Native American culture.

Eagles are the strongest and the bravest of all the winged creatures. Due to this, Native Americans see eagle feathers as a symbol of the bravest, strongest, and even the most spiritual. Therefore, there is a lot of respect placed on this feather.

Native Americans perceive wearing an eagle feather as a sign of bravery. It is often given to people and must be earned.

If this feather is waved over one or more people, Native American wisdom views this as bestowing a blessing.

It is also a Native American folklore symbol of the link between a person, the Creator, and the eagle from which the feather came from.

Native Americans also believe that this feather may be sent to people unexpectedly but it is always sent for a reason.

Of course, you may want to get an eagle's feather tattoo because it is the national bird of the United States.

In any case, getting an eagle feather tattoo is quite symbolic, particularly if it's in relation to Native American culture.

So, make sure that you get an arm feather tattoo or one on the upper part of your body as a sign of respect.

However, if you choose the feather tattoo for its association with bravery rather than spirituality, you can ask your tattoo artist to place it anywhere you like.

If you're looking for a small and simple eagle feathers tattoo design, here is a cute one to choose. It is small enough to fit behind your ear.

Twin Feather Piece Behind the Ears

Image by @inktherapydiva via Instagram

If you want the focus to be on how imperial and stoic this kind of tattoo can be, these are the feather tattoo designs to consider:

Eagle Feather Tattoo on Leg

Image by @kiramurillo via Instagram

Black Eagle Feather Tattoo Piece

Image by @ironiketattoos via Instagram

Eagle feather tattoo on ribs

Image by @giactattoo via Instagram

If you want it to appear as though you're wearing the feathers, here are the feather tattoos to check out:

Eagle Feathers and a Band Tattoo

Image by @the_chaotic_ginger via Instagram

Eagle Feather Thigh Tattoo

Image by @wickedwaystattoos via Instagram

Twin Eagle Feather Tied To Belt Tattoo

Image by @ladyelectrictattooljubljana via Instagram

In case you're looking for colored feathers, here is a great concept to borrow from:

Brown Eagle Feather Tattoo

Image by @thejamielaw via Instagram

This is certainly a different take on this design:

Eagle Face with Feather Tattoo

Image by @darkagetattoostudio via Instagram

Although the bald eagle may be the most popular of this species, don't forget that there are plenty of other eagles to choose from.

So, if you want something unique or unusual, you may want to research what feathers from other sub species may look like.

Peacock Feather Tattoos

A peacock feather tattoo may hold symbolic meaning due to its aesthetic. The feathers have a motif that looks like an eye at the top.

This is considered by some to be the evil eye or an emblem that wards away evil, curses, and ill intent.

At the same time, some people believe that peacock feathers shouldn't be kept in the home as they bring bad luck.

There are also those that see a peacock feather tattoo as a symbol for perseverance. Despite their delicate and beautiful plumage, peacocks are hardy creatures and can thrive almost anywhere.

So, if you see yourself as someone who is pretty on the outside but tough on the inside, or if you have had to go through many obstacles to get where you are today, then a peacock feather tattoo can be a great design to commemorate this.

The peacock has been mentioned in the Bible and has links to ancient Christianity. It is said to represent eternity or eternal life.

Peacocks are also associated with royalty as only kings and nobility could rear these birds.

Therefore, a peacock feather may be a sign of a regal bearing or pedigree.

Contrary to popular belief, this feather tattoo doesn't necessarily have to be colorful. If you want a black feather tattoo, here are the feather tattoos that you can draw inspiration from:

Black Peacock Feather Tattoo

Image by @inkspire_tattoostudio_palakkad via Instagram

Black Peacock Feather Hand Tattoo Piece

Image by @dianafelixrico via Instagram

Crowded Peacock Feather Tattoo

Image by @amaninkz via Instagram

Peacock Feather Tattoo on Hands

Image by @praveen_eega via Instagram

If you do want a colorful feather tattoo, these are the top design options for you:

Colored Peacock Feather Chest Piece

Image by @anmolgupta_777 via Instagram

Green Peacock Feather Tattoo On Arm

Image by @monu_tattooist via Instagram

Blue Peacock Feather Tattoo

Image by @jiang_tattooer via Instagram

How about the best of both worlds? Black with a little bit of color mixed in? This is what it can look like:

Colorful Peacock Feather Tattoo

Image by @rdtattoonashik via Instagram

Peacock Feather Tattoo On Arm

Image by @timbecktattoos via Instagram

Want to throw all the color rules out the window? These are the tattoos that will appeal to you:

Shoulder Cap Peacock Fantasy Feather Tattoo

Image by @poohkioner via Instagram

Green Water Colored Peacock Tattoo On Arm

Image by @studio_whitefoxtattoo via Instagram

Funky folky peacock feather Tattoo

Image by @jeremyboddy via Instagram

Blue Water Colored Peacock Feather Tattoo

Image by @olivetats via Instagram

Raven Feather Tattoos

You would be hard-pressed to find a bird that's held in higher esteem than the raven.

Ravens aren't just a part of Native American cultures but of other cultures too. They are seen as incredibly intelligent, to the point of being cunning and deceptive.

As they are related to shape shifters, ravens are associated with transformation. This is why raven feathers are one of the more commonly used feather tattoos.

They are also seen as messengers. Some cultures think they carry messages from the other side while others see them as messengers of omens and signs.

If you think raven feathers for your feather tattoo has to be simple, think again. While some choose to feature it as a plain black feather tattoo, there are other design options.

Some choose to include shades of blue and purple to mimic the reflection of light. This also makes feather tattoos stand out more.

So, if you want a colorful feather tattoo, a raven feather tattoo could be it.

Black Raven Feather Tattoo Piece

Image by @damanera_tattoo via Instagram

Raven Feather and Lavender Flower Tattoo

Image by @emidoesart via Instagram

Rose, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Raven Feather Tattoo

Image by @diamoellertattoo via Instagram

Black Inked Raven Feather Tattoo

Image by @breesamoth via Instagram

Raven Feather Ribcage Tattoo

Image by @andre_jooste_tattoo via Instagram

Deep Black Raven Feather Tattoo on Arm

Image by @eye_of_ethereal via Instagram

Galaxy Raven Feather Tattoo

Image by @joelhaguetattoos via Instagram

Raven and Blood Red Feather Tattoo

Image by @sparrowtattoony via Instagram

Black Feather Forearm Tattoo Piece

Image by @shewolftattoo via Instagram

Owl Feather Tattoos

Owls are wonderful birds and hold a great amount of significance in different cultures. They are symbols of wisdom and are believed to be incredibly intelligent.

They tend to have a supernatural association as well. Some believe them to be magical while others see them as the bird spirit that guides people into the afterlife.

At the same time, there is no doubt that the owl is a fierce and brave hunter. They are predators who don't hesitate to assert their dominance.

Due to this, owl feathers can be seen as a balance between brains, brawn, and spirituality. Needless to say, these feather tattoo designs symbolize these elements.

Owl Eye and Feather Tattoo

Image by @carlosismael71 via Instagram

Grey Feather with Owl Eyes Tattoo

Image by @wrexhamink via Instagram

Owl Feather Tattoo Piece

Image by @americananchortattooco via Instagram

Bunch of Owl Feather with Letters Tattoo

Image by @amandaskinart via Instagram

Single Owl Feather Tattoo

Image by @emmagriffithstattoo via Instagram

Brown Owl Feather Tattoo Piece

Image by @jasonvroberts via Instagram

Owl Feather and Olive Branch Tattoo

Image by @nessaaa_ via Instagram

Yellow Eyed Owl and a Feather Custom Tattoo

Image by @bambootattoomaster via Instagram

Owl Eyes Feather Tattoo

Image by @lucidartstattoo via Instagram

Owl Feather Arm Tattoo

Image by @jasonvroberts via Instagram

Turkey Feather Tattoos

If you're considering getting a feather tattoo on your body, a turkey feather tattoo may not be your first choice. Well, that is until you understand the true importance of turkeys.

Turkeys are a symbol of interconnectedness. They are a symbol of the association with land, nature, and each other.

As a result, they are reminders that as the land nourishes us (physically and emotionally) we are responsible for nurturing the land and the people around us.

It is due to this cyclic meaning that a turkey feather tattoo can be a great idea.

If you wear feather tattoo like this, it can also be a reminder of how you should take care of yourself and others so that your community can keep thriving.

Turkey feather and wheat plant tattoo

Image by @gollylaggin via Instagram

Black Turkey Feather Forearm Tattoo Piece

Image by @501wstattoo via Instagram

Black Turkey Feather Tattoo with Quote

Image by @thedarlingapril via Instagram

Baby turkey feather tattoo

Image by @aethertattooclub via Instagram

Brown Turkey Feather Tattoo On Leg

Image by @theinkeeperstattooparlor via Instagram

Cartoon Theme Turkey Feather Tattoo

Image by @artbyharper via Instagram

Angel Feather Tattoos

This may be an unexpected addition to this list, but I have to include angel feathers. More than any other type, this feather symbolizes faith.

Angels were present during many important events in the Bible. This makes them important Christian symbols.

What is interesting about this kind of feather tattoo is just how many different meanings it can have.

For some, this feather tattoo can symbolize protection. These heavenly beings are seen as guardians and protectors.

For others, they are messengers of God. Therefore, this feather tattoo is well-suited to someone who feels like they have been called to do God's work.

These beings have also been known to be wrathful and can be considered avenging as well. So, if you are someone who believes in justice and righting the wrongs of the world, this feather tattoo can be a good fit for you.

Triple Angel Feathers Tattoo

Image by @hillmaninktattoos via Instagram

Angel Feather and Arrow Tattoo

Image by @angel_gaby_gil via Instagram

Black Two Angel Feather Tattoo

Image by @morskulltattoo via Instagram

Dream Catcher with Feathers Tattoos

You may be quite familiar with dream catchers. You may have even owned a few, but not many people know the full story behind them or why the feathers on them are so important.

Certain Native American tribes believe that the night air is filled with both good dreams as well as bad.

The dream catcher helps to capture the bad dreams and only filter through the good dreams. This is what the feathers do.

When day breaks, the bad dreams drift away.

If you want to get a dream catcher tattoo, it is important to remember that these are elements of Native American heritage. Due to this, they shouldn't be taken lightly.

Do your research to make sure that you're copying the right design and not a commercialized one. It is the only way to be certain that your feather tattoo will have the right meaning attached to it.

Dream Catcher with Feathers and Butterfly Tattoo

Image by @tattooist_neul via Instagram

Floral Dream Catcher Tattoo with Feathers and Butterflies

Image by @kelsi_tattoo via Instagram

Delicate Dream Catcher Tattoo with Colored Feathers

Image by @alyxheap_tattoos via Instagram

Black Dream Catcher Hand Tattoo

Image by @guaysart via Instagram

Dream Catcher with Beaded Feathers Tattoo

Image by @sinsintattoo via Instagram

Black and Grey Dream Catcher Tattoo with Feathers

Image by @claytontattooing via Instagram

Bold Inked Dream Catcher Tattoo

Image by @inkdoctor_mark via Instagram

Dream Catcher Leg Piece Tattoo

Image by @artofwarroy via Instagram

Feather Tattoo with Birds

The feather tattoo with birds is certainly a popular one, although you may not know much about it.

In this feather tattoo, the meaning is all down to the individual. For some, it's about freedom - the combination of feather and birds is about leaving your shackles behind and achieving freedom.

Of course, it is just as possible for this kind of feather tattoo to be about family if it consists of a flock of birds. After all, you have heard the saying "birds of a feather".

Feather Tattoo with Flying Birds

Image by @tattoo_pineapple via Instagram

Black Feather Tattoo with Bats

Image by @natattoostudio via Instagram

Feather Tattoo with Bird on Side Wrist

Image by @face_book_tattoo via Instagram

Watercolor Rainbow Feather Tattoo with Soft Silhouette Birds Flying

Image by @amanda.mypreciousink via Instagram

Black Feather and Crows Flying Arm Tattoo

Image by @niro_niro via Instagram

Flying Birds with Feather Hand Tattoo

Image by @merakitattooz via Instagram

Black Flying Birds Shoulder Piece

Image by @anmolgupta_777 via Instagram

Feather and Birds Tattoo Piece

Image by @blackcatinktattoo via Instagram

Feather Tattoo with Bird Below Ears

Image by @_sketoo_ink via Instagram

Flying Birds and Feather Tattoo

Image by @jaswindermaya via Instagram

Infinity Feather Tattoos

This is an incredibly popular piece of body art. So, do these feather tattoos carry any symbolism?

Well, there isn't a special meaning behind an infinity feather tattoo, but you can certainly infer it your own.

An infinity tattoo speaks for itself but this could also refer to the circle of life, patterns, or a specific friendship or relationship.

When you add in a feather tattoo as well, the meaning can change a little.

It could be a sign that, despite some things being inevitable or continuous, you should still live life with some lightness.

For others, the feather tattoo may be a symbol of faith, hope, or a belief in something better.

Infinity with feather tattoo piece

Image by @kapoor_pratham_ via Instagram

Black Infinity Bird Feather Tattoo

Image by @twilightbnl84 via Instagram

Infinity with Rose and feather tattoo

Image by @oxygentattoostudio.indore via Instagram

Name initials with feather tattoo

Image by @vervetattoostudio via Instagram

Black and Red Infinity Feather Tattoo with Birds

Image by @whywhy_tattoo via Instagram

Infinity Feather Tattoo with Initials on Arm

Image by @priyaminkart_tattoo via Instagram

Infinite Feather Tattoo with Letters

Image by @savvas_tattoo via Instagram

In the above examples, a lot of the tattoos have incorporated birds into the infinity sign. So, if you like both designs and want to find some way to combine them, you can do so this way.

Feather Pen Tattoos

A feather pen tattoo is really a quill tattoo. Quills were used for hundreds of years as writing implements and they are still popular to some extent today.

You might want to get this kind of feather tattoo because you are writer, poet, or songwriter. It can be a good option for anyone in the literary industry.

These feather tattoos are also a great option if you are a true believer of the phrase "the pen is mightier than the sword".

You may believe that communication is all you need to change the world.

This kind of feather-based tattoo designs are also great for someone who enjoys a vintage or antique style.

Grey Quill Chest Feather Tattoo

Image by @deepikas_ink via Instagram

Black Feather Pen Tattoo

Image by @luisjquezada via Instagram

Multicolored Feather Pen Tattoo

Image by @arterotattooparlour via Instagram

Quill with Ink Bottle Tattoo Piece

Image by @stokestattoos via Instagram

Blue Water Colored Quill Tattoo

Image by @corinnetattoos via Instagram

Simple Line Work Feather Pen Tattoo

Image by @emilypageart via Instagram

Ink Bottle and Quill Shoulder Tattoo

Image by @mulekicktattoo via Instagram

Quill Lettering Tattoo Piece

Image by @chloetylertattoos via Instagram

Ornamented Quill with Paper Tattoo

Image by @madditatti via Instagram

Quill Pen Tattoo on Hand

Image by @octeeltattoo via Instagram

Colorful Quill with Armband Tattoo

Image by @tesiacoil_tattoos via Instagram

Arrow and Feather Tattoos

This feather tattoo design makes more sense than people realize.

The feathers in an arrow help your aim. In this sense, they can be a guiding force either in your life or regarding a goal that you would like to achieve.

What's interesting about the feathers on an arrow is that they are not meant to be there for long. Once the person masters the art of aiming, they will no longer add the feathers.

In this case, the arrows symbolize a temporary crutch you can grow out of once you have transformed into the person you were meant to be.

With this feather tattoo, the feather is actually an eagle one. As this signifies virtue, it could also be a symbol of how your goal in life is virtuous as well.

Feather Tied with Anchor Tattoo

Image by @kimwhiteartist via Instagram

Purple Arrow with Feather Tattoo

Image by @bigguystattoo via Instagram

Black Feather Arm Tattoo with Arrow

Image by @doubledutchtattooing via Instagram

Two Arrow Feathers Tattoo

Image by @okantimurdogan via Instagram

Arrow Feather Tattoo with Jewells

Image by @6_tattoo_studio via Instagram

Feathers on an Arrow Tattoo

Image by @vogli.tattoo via Instagram

Black Feather Arrow Tattoo Below Tummy

Image by @ayman.tattoo via Instagram

Hanging Arrow and Feather Tattoo with Jewells

Image by @prismatiquenailsbylatika via Instagram

Bold Sketch Feather Arrow Tattoo

Image by @jaeckel.art via Instagram

Colored Feather Arrow Tattoo

Image by @lizardqueentattoo via Instagram

Water Colored Feather Arrow Tattoo

Image by @blackart_designstudio via Instagram

Feather Arrow Tattoo with Roman Numbers

Image by @visionary_ink_tattoos via Instagram

What Do Feather Tattoos Mean for Men?

The feather tattoo meaning is the same for men and women. However, you should know that this element has different meanings.

Keep in mind that the symbolic meaning may change depending on the type of bird feather - eagle feather, peacock feather, etc.

For some people, a feather represents freedom, the ability to fly and reach new heights in life. It could also be a symbol of hope - to improve or better your life in some way.

A feather can represent strength as well. Some people also associate it with bravery.

Feathers can also have a spiritual meaning. The feather is often a symbol of communication with the spirit world. Some people think that it aids in transcending or ascending from the earthly realm.

Others believe that feathers represent dreams - they are beautiful to think about but aren't always easy to grasp.

Is a Feather Tattoo Feminine?

Feather tattoos are often worn by women tattoo lovers, but this doesn't mean that it's a feminine symbol.

It all depends on the feather tattoo design. It can be drawn so that it looks feminine, masculine, or gender neutral.

What Tattoos Go With a Feather?

There is no limit to the designs you can pair with your feather tattoo. Feather tattoos are quite versatile and can work with everything from birds and trees to dream catchers and hearts - there aren't any limitations.

It all depends on what feather tattoos symbolize for you and how you would like the other designs to work with it.

The designs don't always need to be similar - they can be completely different, in fact. It is all down to the symbolism of the images.

What Does a Feather Tattoo with Birds Flying Out Mean?

This type of feather tattoo doesn't need to mean anything. It is a design aesthetic but for others, this feather tattoo could hold symbolic meanings.

One of these is transformation - you have developed into a bird capable of full blown flight and casting off the shackles that held you down before.

So, this type of feather tattoo may hold a strong meaning for some people.

In other instances, this feather tattoo may be seen as a memorial tattoo - a reminder of a person or people they have lost.

There you have it - all the feather tattoo ideas you could possibly want. From simple to bold and daring, there are many different designs and meanings to choose from.

All you have to do now is decide which one is suited to your personality or current circumstances. Good luck in making the right choice.

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