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Blue Jay Tattoo Meanings & Designs

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

Blue Jay Tattoos: Everything to Think About

Some people know that the blue jay is a very clever and friendly animal. They communicate well with other birds and humans alike. The blue jay can mimic other birds, humans, and almost any other sound they hear. They are amazingly chatty and have a large repertoire of impersonations. Anyone who chooses this bird as their totem probably values communication and has the gift of gab. They mimic large predators to scare other birds away from their nests.

The blue jay is extremely protective of their families, so much so that they could easily symbolize protection and family. They show great determination and creativity in protecting their nests at all costs.

  • They can also symbolize truth and purity—two meanings associated with the 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?

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

It could represent many positive meanings, but remember, in the end, it symbolizes whatever you want it to.

Blue Jay: An Opportunist

Blue jays are famous for stealing. They'll steal food, nesting material, and any shiny thing that catches their interest.

In the act of stealing, both blue and stellar jays make a huge screeching clamor that works in their favor by adding an element of chaos.

The louder they are, the more they control the situation.

Design Variations of Blue Jay Tattoos

  • The blue jay could be singing, accompanied by an inked note or phrase.
  • It might be flying with wings outstretched or sitting on a branch.
  • It might be inked inside its nest.
  • 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.

Mark Twain on Blue Jays

"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.
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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.


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.

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 :)

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