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The Vanishing Tattoo

Throughout the Far East, the crane is considered an auspicious bird and is known variously as the bird of happiness, the heavenly crane, and bird of peace. In Japan, after the Second World War, origami (folded paper) cranes became a symbol of peace and hope. As a tattoo motif, the crane can be a symbol of grace, wisdom, peace, and love of life. Although occasionally confused with Storks and Herons, Cranes are a unique family of birds all their own.

Said to be the oldest bird on the earth, the crane has captured the human imagination with its beauty, longevity, and intelligence. Legends and myths have grown up around this elegant bird in all five continents where it dwells. Of the large variety of this species, the Japanese crane is probably the most universally recognizable with its gorgeous red crown set upon a cloak of white feathers. It stands almost 5 feet high with a wing span of more than six feet, inspiring tales of protecting the vulnerable with its embrace and carrying people to higher spiritual grounds. It could transport the souls of the newly departed to paradise on its powerful wings. There is a legend of a disciple of Confucius saving a crane from death, only to have the bird later return with its mate, each carrying a pearl in its beak.

Below you will find a gallery of inspirational images that will help you in your quest of creating the perfect crane tattoo.

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