Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.
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 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.
"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.
BanWynn on August 26, 2019:
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.
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.
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on September 22, 2012:
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.
Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on September 17, 2012:
very lovely and informative!
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 16, 2012:
Fantastic. Blue jays are such lovely birds.
Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 14, 2012:
These are very beautiful pieces of art.
Mark from Alabama,USA on September 13, 2012:
Cool hub & tattoos
Dianna Mendez on September 13, 2012:
I love the blue feather down the arm. I think these birds are pests, but as tattoos you can appreciate their beauty.
Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 13, 2012:
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
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on September 13, 2012:
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 Aritonang from Indonesia on September 13, 2012:
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.
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on September 12, 2012:
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.
Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on September 12, 2012:
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!
Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on September 12, 2012:
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.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 12, 2012:
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 from Shelton on September 12, 2012:
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 :)