Hummingbird Tattoos: Meanings, Designs, History, and Photos
The hummingbird tattoo is considered to be a mainstream tattoo for women, although some men have them, too. They can be designed in a variety of different ways and portrayed with a host of different symbols and elements, in various colors and sizes. Because of this, they can be tattooed nearly anywhere on the body.
In this article, we will discuss their meanings and various designs. You will have the opportunity to view many photos. We hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo.
A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening From flower to flower he flies.— John Banister Tabb
Designs and Meanings
Bird tattoos are becoming more and more popular, and the hummingbird is one of the most popular of all.
Hummingbirds live in the Americas—as far north as Alaska and as far south as Chile—and have been portrayed in Native American legends, literature, folklore, and mythology, where they are often used as a symbol of love. They are also strongly associated with the Aztecs, whose royalty and religious leaders wore feathers and dead hummingbirds around their neck in small bags. The Aztecs believed dead warriors were reincarnated as hummingbirds. Trinidad and Tobago are known as "the land of hummingbirds."
The hummingbird is a unique and graceful bird. It can fly in all directions, even backward and upside down, up to 25 miles per hour, and then stop on a dime. It eats up to fifty times a day just to stay alive, due to its constant burning of energy. The hummingbird is often inked with flowers, for it could not survive without flowers and flowers could not survive without the hummingbird.
As a tattoo, the hummingbird design is a head-turner. Beautiful tattoo designs like this are sure to draw attention, just as the hummingbird does in real life.
Because the hummingbird is so small, it has to work hard to survive. A tattoo of a hummingbird can represent this difficulty and could be meaningful to a person who has been through a lot in life. Many people can relate to this and the hummingbird has become a symbol of the strength it takes to rise above trouble and hardship. Yes, it does represent going through hard times, but it stands for surpassing them. It can represent someone that lives life to the fullest and loves life and every breath. We are often told to enjoy every moment, but do we live that way? The hummingbird tattoo can remind you of that.
The hummingbird in flight is a water-spark, an incandescent drip of American fire.— Pablo Neruda
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Although the hummingbird tattoo often represents overcoming difficult times, it also has many other meanings, including love, joy, hope, life, and charm, and to many different cultures and people, the hummingbird is a symbol of peace.
One of the main characteristics of the hummingbird is how they are constantly on the go, going so fast they hum. This tattoo can represent energy and vigor, hard work, and unfailing effort. You may be a person that strives to do a good job and get things done. Any one of these meanings can be well represented by the hummingbird tattoo.
A beautiful hummingbird may appear for a few seconds, making us feel lucky; but if we leave food out for them, and they feel safe and unthreatened, they can become regular visitors. With this association, hummingbirds could be designed with doves or other symbols of peace. The hummingbird also represents care, attraction, and happiness, and people in relationships often get twin tattoos of hummingbirds—matching tattoos or two hummingbirds to represent their relationship. Some get a name on the tattoo, their partner's or a loved one's.
This tattoo can also represent freedom. Although the hummingbird is often associated with attraction and affection, it is a lone traveler. Hummingbirds are independent birds that spend most of their time alone. The hummingbird tattoo can symbolize that independent freedom.
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.— Langston Hughes
Designs and Styles
The hummingbird can be a creative design to work with, with many color options and usually accompanied by flowers, clouds, rainbows, butterflies, dragonflies, and plants.
As far as the body location of such tattoos, it really depends on the size. The hummingbird itself can be altered in a few different ways: short or long tail feathers, wings outstretched or tucked in long or short beak. Then, of course, it can be inked in a variety of different colors. Some colors may be very vibrant, while others may be more realistic with natural colors.
A small hummingbird tattoo can fit in all kinds of different places on the body: neck, stomach, ankle, upper chest, or behind an ear. For larger designs, the back, shoulders, lower back, sides, and upper back work well.
Before you choose a hummingbird design, look at many photos and think about everything you can do to personalize your tattoo. Be creative and have fun.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.— William Blake
Before You Tattoo
Whether or not the hummingbird tattoo is for you or not, make sure you research all possible designs, styles, and meanings. You want to make sure that you know what it represents. Do not rush to get a tattoo. Take your time and make sure you choose a design that you are confident with. People that rush to get a tattoo usually end up with something that they don't like later on. If you take your time and look at all the different styles and designs, you will be much happier with your selection. Be sure to check out other styles and designs in the links below. Thanks for visiting.
"When you find you can go neither backward or forward, when you discover that you are no longer able to stand, sit or lie down, when your children have died of malnutrition and your aged parents have been sent to the poorhouse or the gas chamber, when you realize that you can neither write nor not write, when you are convinced that all the exits are blocked, either you take to believing in miracles or you stand still like the hummingbird."
© 2012 Richard Ricky Hale