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Flamingo Tattoo Designs and Meanings

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

This article will take a closer look at flamingo tattoos, providing information on their symbolism as well as examples for those looking for inspiration.

This article will take a closer look at flamingo tattoos, providing information on their symbolism as well as examples for those looking for inspiration.

The flamingo tattoo is one of the more unique designs you'll find. In this article, we will discuss the various meanings and designs possible.

Flamingo Tattoo Design Ideas

When it comes to beautiful birds, the flamingo ranks near the top. It is well-known for its beautiful, eye-catching pink feathers.

Realistic or Cartoonish?

Some portray the flamingo in a realistic way, and some as a cartoon—or perhaps in a hyper-realistic way drenched in symbolism. Some even portray flamingo-human hybrids in the style of Bojack Horseman.

They may be designed with sunglasses, in clothing, or on a beach towel beside the ocean.

Since the bird's pinkness is so prominent, most people choose a colored flamingo tattoo, but it can also be done in black and white ink. The shading can make for a great realistic look when done well.

Artists have put their own creative twist on the design, with blue and purple feathers as well. If you're considering the flamingo tattoo and you want something unique, you may want to consider such a route.

Settings and Actions

You might consider incorporating the ocean, everglades, palm trees, tropical flowers, or the sun in your design.

The bird could be portrayed standing in water, drinking, swimming, or with its wings out. They can also be designed standing on one leg. These options will allow you to come up with a unique and creative design that fits your personality.

What Does a Flamingo Tattoo Represent?

Just like all animal tattoos, the flamingo tattoo represents the traits and attributes of the flamingo. It is a tropical bird and is often considered to be the symbol of Florida.

Sociable, Loving, and Protective Animals

Flamingos are very social animals that communicate with one another. They are also very loving and caring parents and are known for a deep passion for their loved ones.

Both males and females take care of the nest and their young, so your tattoo could represent "family" or "protection."

Blossoming Potential

These wading birds can also be potent symbols for potential due to the grand transformations they undergo as they age. Specifically, flamingos start out as smaller birds that aren't necessarily pink. As they mature, their necks grow into their iconic long and slender form and their feathers generally become more pink as they eat more algae and brine shrimp.

So tattoos that feature flamingos can point to an individual's potential to transform into something new, or perhaps reference a transformation that has already occurred and was pivotal to a person's current (or future) identities—while also pointing out the importance of nurturing that potential as well.

Although many choose the flamingo for aesthetic reasons, others choose it for its symbolic value. Below, you can find some of the ideas it represents:

Possible Meanings for Flamingo Tattoos






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Flamingos can represent everything from bigger themes like grace, beauty, and protection to more references like summer, the tropics, and the U.S. state of Florida.

Flamingos can represent everything from bigger themes like grace, beauty, and protection to more references like summer, the tropics, and the U.S. state of Florida.

Before You Tattoo

There are some very important things to remember before you get your tattoo.

Whether it is the flamingo or another tattoo symbol, you need to make sure you take the time to do your research. Make sure you understand what your design represents and means.

Don't rush to get inked. You don't want to get something that you will later regret. Take your time, do your research, and make sure you are 100% confident in your choice.

© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale


Thelma Louise on September 06, 2018:

Yesterday I had a Dr's. appt.I was totally prepared to deliver devastating news to family and friends. When the prognosis was flamazing yep you know what I did. I got a beautiful flamingo tatoo. When you said contemplate the meaning behind your motive....when you said family, protection and new experiences, well you must have had me in mind. All of those emotions went through my mind as I was being inked and thanking God for his mercy! My bff calls me a flockstar and I'm beginning to believe she could be right

Misty on December 07, 2017:

I have a flamingo tattoo on my arm, they're amazing creatures.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on April 29, 2012:

Max, thanks for dropping by. LOL. I think they are beautiful. I wouldn't want a long one or big tat, but a small one on a girl would look nice.

BeyondMax from Sydney, Australia on April 24, 2012:

So interesting and captivating! Flamingos are beautiful but their "face" expressions...not so nice, they look kinds mean to me =) Wouldn't want that smug mug on my body =)

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on April 24, 2012:









Thank you all for your time, comments, votes, and kind words. I really appreciate everyone of you as you all are dear friends. It means a lot that you take the time to view my article. Many thanks. I will get to you all very soon. Take care.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on April 21, 2012:

Hi Ricky

These are pretty amazing and very colourful. I love the one with the glasses on, so cute.

Voting up

kjforce from Florida on April 19, 2012:

Awesome pics of tatoos...I have always loved the beauty and grace that they portray..I recently was given two pink eggs, they have hatched and now I am raising 2 of the most beuatiful plastic Flamingos in my WEED garden. Their names are "Sunny and Share".thanks for the informative hub...please excuse the humor, couldn't resist...

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 19, 2012:

Quite striking because of their hot pink color. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 18, 2012:

I think Flamingos are beautiful. The tattoos are colorful. Thank's again...

Eiddwen from Wales on April 18, 2012:

Another for me to save with my own bookmarked hubs now; thanks to you I have a great collection;my daughter wants to see some later and I'll make sure she comments on here for you.

Take care and enjoy your day.


Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 18, 2012:

voted up and awesome for these flamingos :)

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 18, 2012:

I LOVE flamingos. My kitchen dishes have flamingos on them. But I never thought about them as a tattoo. Huh, here I sit amazed again! The black and white one from nickchaboya is lovely.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 18, 2012:

Voted up and beautiful. Love the birds and the tattoos. Pink is one great color.