Blue Jay Tattoo Meanings & Designs
Few people know that the blue jay is a very clever and sociable animal. They have the ability to communicate well with other birds and humans alike. In fact, the blue jay has the ability to mock other birds, humans, and almost any sound they hear. They are amazing communicators and have a large repertoire of impersonations. Anyone who chooses this bird as their totem probably values loquaciousness and has the gift of gab.
They have even been known to mimic predators to scare other birds away from their nests. The blue jay is extremely protective when it comes to their families, so much so that they could easily symbolize protection and family. They show great determination in protecting their nests at all costs.
They can also be a symbol of truth and purity—two meanings associated with the blue color of their feathers. The Native Americans believed the blue jay was a symbol of clarity of thought. The blue jay tattoo may represent someone who is pure of heart, soul, and mind.
And the beautiful shades of blue, black, and white make for a stunning tattoo!
What Does a Blue Jay Tattoo Mean?
- Social skills
It could represent many positive meanings, but remember, in the end, it symbolizes whatever you want it to.
"Jay’s gifts include understanding how to use power wisely, [...] fearlessness, resourcefulness, adaptability, [...] esteemed for stealing food off campers and also nesting materials form other birds [...] they are bold and fearless and hold the power of presence. When in the act of stealing, both the blue and stellar jay make a huge racket – in fact this always works in their favour because the louder they are, the more helter-skelter the situation seems. This energy distortion becomes the jay's victory song. Jays show us how to use personal power correctly and effectively, reminding us to pay attention and to not allow ourselves to be put in a situation where power is misused against us. If this is your power animal, bear this in mind."
—Ina Woolcott, Shamanic Journey
Design Variations of Blue Jay Tattoos
It could be singing, accompanied by an inked note or phrase. It might be flying with wings outstretched, or sitting on a branch.
Some portray the bluejay with flowers or on a tree limb. Flowering trees, like cherry, are a great choice since the pink cherry blossoms go great with the bird's blue shades.
Some people choose to depict a single feather instead of the whole bird. The bluejay feather is gorgeous. You could also incorporate the feather into a dreamcatcher tattoo. The possibilities are endless.
"Now there is more to a bluejay than any other animal. He has got more different kinds of feeling. Whatever a bluejay feels he can put into language, and not mere commonplace language, but straight out and out book talk, and there is such a command of language. You never saw a bluejay get stuck for a word. He is a vocabularized geyser. Now you must call a jay a bird, and so he is in a measure, because he wears feathers and don't belong to any church, but otherwise he is just as human nature made him. A bluejay hasn't any more principle than an ex-congressman, and he will steal, deceive and betray four times out of five; and as for the sacredness of an obligation, you cannot scare him in the detail of principle. He talks the best grammar of all the animals. You may say a cat talks good grammar. Well, a cat does; but you let a cat get excited, you let a cat get at pulling fur with another cat on a shed nights and you will hear grammar. A bluejay is human; he has got all a man's faculties and a man's weakness. He likes especially scandal; he knows when he is an ass as well as you do."
—Mark Twain, Morals Lecture
- Before you choose any tattoo, make sure that you take the time to do your research. Be sure that you completely understand what the design represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that your tattoo represents something different from what you first thought.
- Don't rush to get inked! Those that do usually regret it later on down the road.
- Get it right the first time around. If you have one single second thought, wait it out until you are completely ready.