Tattoo Designs & Symbols

Tattoo Symbol Index - A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Tattoo designs - B >> Bluebirds

Eastern Blue BirdBluebird Tattoo Meanings - The bluebird -- like the swallow with which it's often associated -- is a favourite nautical symbol of good luck. As a nautical tattoo design, the bluebird has sometimes been mistaken within popular culture for the swallow, or swift, and the two very different species of birds have quite similar colouring, with bright accents of blue and orange, verging to both red and yellow. In mythology, the bluebird is the universally acknowledged sign of happiness, prosperity, good health, and the arrival of spring. The beautiful blue of its plumage is associated with the sky and eternal happiness. Unlike the swallow, it does not have a 'dark' side.

In magical symbology the bluebird represents confidence. And in the Valentine myth, the Bluebird is a 'man of laughter' and symbolizes happy love. Because of its benign qualities, it has become a favourite subject in European fairy tales -- and song. 'The Bluebird of Happiness' became a popular song in the 1940's.

In Korea, legend has it that the Bluebird flutters around humans and reports back to the gods. 'A little bird told me' could well apply to the bluebird.

According to one Native American tribe, the first-born son of the Sun was called Bluebird. Another myth hails the bluebird as the spirit associated with the rising sun. A dead bluebird is associated with loss of innocence and disillusionment.

Bluebird Inspiration Gallery - Click here to get inspired!Traditionally, the bluebird (or depending upon your belief, the swallow) is tattooed on one side of a sailor's chest when he can claim 10,000 miles at sea. When he has clocked 20,000 nautical miles, the sailor may apply the bird's mate to on the other side of his chest. A pair of bluebirds together is a sign of the well-travelled sailor.

Get inspired by some really amazing images and photos in our Bluebird Inspiration Gallery

Choose your own bluebird tattoo design from
Buy the bluebird tattoo design that is perfect for you.

Bluebird tattoo design ideas from

Choose your own Bluebird Tattoo Design from the world's top tattoo artists at and buy the perfect bluebird design for you.

Bluebird tattoo design ideas

See also: Nautical Tattoo Designs, Swallow Tattoos, Bird Tattoo Index, Love Tattoo Index

Tattoo designs - B >> Bluebirds

Tattoo Symbol Index - A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Celeb Tattoos | Facts & Stats | Designs & Symbols | History | Culture | Links | Tattoo Galleries | Contact

Copyright © 1999- All rights reserved.