Blue Jay Tattoo Meanings & Designs

Updated on March 12, 2020
thelyricwriter profile image

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Click thumbnail to view full-size

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!

Click thumbnail to view full-size

What Does a Blue Jay Tattoo Mean?

  • Protection
  • Family
  • Truth
  • Purity
  • Faithfulness
  • Resourcefulness
  • Cleverness
  • Clarity
  • Intelligence
  • Social skills
  • Communication
  • Determination

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

Click thumbnail to view full-size

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 blue jay 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 blue jay feather is gorgeous. You could also incorporate the feather into a dreamcatcher tattoo. The possibilities are endless.

Click thumbnail to view full-size

"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

Click thumbnail to view full-size


  • 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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      9 months ago

      This article hit me like a hammer when I read "...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."

      As an abused child, I sought a feeling of empowerment at the expense of an innocent. 5 decades later, I wrote a short poem about it and scheduled the appointment for the tattoo the same day. The tattoo of the blue jay that I killed so long ago remains the most meaningful piece of ink on my skin.


      I remember

      the blue jay clinging

      clinging to the tree

      as BB after BB struck

      its trembling body

      until it fell

      and begged to die


      The jay will never allow me to make the mistake of answering abuse with abuse ever again.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia













      Thank you all for your time, comments, votes, and everything else in between. So many pointed out the blue color of the bluejay, makes for a stunning work of art. Great comments from you all, many thanks.

    • btrbell profile image

      Randi Benlulu 

      7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      very lovely and informative!

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Fantastic. Blue jays are such lovely birds.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are very beautiful pieces of art.

    • manthy profile image


      7 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Cool hub & tattoos

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I love the blue feather down the arm. I think these birds are pests, but as tattoos you can appreciate their beauty.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, the color of the blue is so intense on these tattoos. I am reminded of the blue jays growing up in Georgia, all around the Dogwood trees, so beautiful, but they are fierce to project their young, as I have seen them in action, as you have stated here. Very enjoyable write. Voted Way Up, except funny. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • Hyphenbird profile image

      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I love, love, love blue jays. They are so arrogant in their beauty and grace yet so tender to their young. I really enjoyed this tattoo Hub. I learned about jays and the reasons people get blue jays tattoos. Thanks, Hyph.

    • Esrom Art profile image

      Esrom Aritonang 

      7 years ago from Indonesia

      You are the master of tattoo writer at Hubpages. Wow, you wrote all things about tattoo. You found your niche. I like to see the picture, it is like tattoo album collection. Keep writing wonderful hub. thanks.

    • alocsin profile image

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This design is striking because of the color. My favorite is the feather because it just hints at the animal. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

    • btrbell profile image

      Randi Benlulu 

      7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much for the thorough and explanatory hub. As someone considering a first and probably only tattoo, I can't tel you how much I appreciate your attention to detail! Great hub! Voted up and interesting!

    • Rosemay50 profile image

      Rosemary Sadler 

      7 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      These are beautiful Ricky, and I so enjoyed reading about the bluejay, facts that I didn't know.

      Useful beautiful, awesome and interesting, I loved this article on Bluejay tattoos.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are an encyclopedia of tattoo knowledge. I hope you are getting lots of views because this is one niche you control nicely.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      thelyricwriter these are so awesome and I do want to thank you for the amount of research you do in putting these tat hubs together bless you bro :)


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)