Hummingbird Tattoo Designs
Hummingbirds are among the most attractive to the average bird watcher, who make special provisions of growing flowers or artificial nectar in feeders to attract them nearby in order to watch them. Consequently it is an inspiration for lovers of the bird in regard to choosing them as a central theme for a tattoo design.
There are several traits of the hummingbird which make them ideal candidates for the subject matter of a tattoo. Those include the long beak, rapidly flapping wings, its body position, and the flowers that accompany their eating habits.
All of these offer up a plethora of possibilities for design options, including the attempt to make the wings appear to be flapping, a variety of colors, and flowers that usually include long blooms to accommodate the way hummingbirds feed.
Add to all of that the usual styles and interpretations of the tattoo artists, and there are an endless number of ways to portray the bird in a very compelling way. We'll look at a gallery of hummingbird tattoo designs now with some comments on them.
- Compelling and Unusual Feather Tattoos
Feather tattoos are fascinating in that they're embraced in numerous ways as far as where they're placed on the body, possibly being among the largest variety of placements of the majority of tattoo themes I've seen. A couple of things with...
- Butterfly Tattoos Becoming the Rage
When you take all the people getting tattooed in the United States, it may surprise some that men and women are only a couple of percentage points apart for who gets inked the most. Of all men of all ages in America, 15 percent have tattoos, while...
Hummingbird Eating Nectar Tattoo
The first image of a hummingbird tattoo is one that we all can relate to, as it's probably the most common one we see when viewing hummingbirds, aside from the hanging sugar water we give them.
What was interesting to me about this tattoo is the focus of the subject matter. It isn't the flowers or the eating of the nectar, but the attempt to make it look like the bird had come zooming in and quickly starting drinking of the flower.
If you were wondering what that blue was in the design, that's the attempt to create a look at what the air would be seen as if we could see the effects of the hummingbird wings on it with the naked eye.
It's not too impressive to me, but it does show how artists try to reproduce the most fascinating part of the hummingbirds actions.
- Cupid Tattoos
Cupid and love go together, and in the case of tattoos, there are a myriad of designs to choose from to celebrate your love for that special person. Just be careful concerning names, as many people have regretted inking a name on their skin where the
- Weeping Willow Tattoo Designs
The weeping willow is among the more unique and beautiful trees. They are placed near ponds and other areas to help stem erosion, as well as barriers to stop heavy winds. Add to that the amazing look of the tree, and you have a gorgeous and...
Hummingbird Tattoo with Vining Flowers
For someone that likes a lot of color, this is a pretty good tattoo design, This is a case where the artist captured the position of the hummingbird's body when it feeds very well.
The simple but effective colors on the hummingbird and flowers look really good. They are vibrant, solid, and uncomplicated. Yet there are just enough little additions; on the flowers and the hummingbird to keep it from being boring.
- Duck Tattoo Designs
Ducks are a fantastic bird, with a wide array of types, colors and sizes, which has attracted many artists through the years, who have put the beautiful creatures on canvasses of many types. That's also true with tattoo artists, who in response to...
- Compelling Eagle Tattoos
There's nothing much more majestic than the image of an eagle, and when combined with a tattoo, it's endless the versions you can make that are very compelling. Also important with eagles is they included so much detail in real life that it lends...
Hummingbird with Red Flowers on Shoulder
Rarely is a tattoo very appealing to me when you have to wrap your eyes around the area it is inked to see the entire design. This tattoo is one of the few exceptions to that rule for me, as the way the hummingbird is portrayed as feeding from the flowers which are wrapped around the shoulder works for me.
It gives the sense of quick feeding which hummingbirds usually partake in; darting in and out of the flowers and flying back and forth between areas in those jerky motions. In other words, the position of the bird and the flowers make it look like the bird is in fact acting in that way.
That may not be the reason for it being that way, but it definitely may be done on purpose to convey the idea. Either way, I like the way it looks.
- Magnificent Owl Tattoos
Owls are a mysterious and interesting creature, and the fact they are, for the most part, nocturnal (and carnivores), adds to the attraction of this bird of prey. For those who like owls and desire them for a tattoo theme, there are numerous,...
- Rockin' Raven Tattoos
Anyone interested in having an edgy look with their tattoo will meet those expectations when deciding on a raven as their theme of choice. There is no doubt Ravens are considered a symbol of a dark force in the world, and whether alone or in a...
Tribal Hummingbird Tattoo on Foot
I love tribal tattoos when they're done right, and this one is, even as it reproduces an Aztec look, whom the hummingbird has a lot of history with, as it was a fetish of the nation; a very important part of their ancient history.
While I'm not certain of the Aztec art or design connection, the tribal look is very relevant to hummingbirds, and this style looks fantastic.
- Parrot Tattoos
Parrot tattoo designs are among the more colorful tattoos, and rightly so. While I prefer the darker tattos, as they seem to really look at stand up much better, and you can appreciate the quality much more, in the case of tattoos of parrots, it's...
- Wild and Crazy Chicken Tattoos
It was a lot of fun doing some searches for chicken tattoos, as it's a light and winsome category (for the most part) and projects the enjoyment and love of chickens people have. With few exceptions, most of the chickens were done as cartoon...
True Love Heart w/ Hummingbird Temporary Tattoo
Tribal Hummingbird Rib Tattoo
Even though the previous tribal hummingbird tattoo had a lot more detail, this one has a much cleaner look, and is superior to me, although both are well done.
It's of course difficult to compare the two because their totally different in size, and the locations on the body make the tattoo artist adapt the design accordingly. But if I had to choose, the tattoo design below is my favorite of the two.
- Daisy Flower Tattoo Designs
Flower tattoos have become very popular in general over the last several years as a growing number of women choose to have some type of ink done on their bodies. Among them the daisy is the flower of choice among many women making that decision. ...
- Gothic Bat Tattoos
Bats are always a fascinating subject matter because of their connection with horror and darkness in the Western world. That attracts those who live the live of a Goth, or those who enjoy the art associated with it, including of course bats. ...
Tattoo of Hummingbird Flapping Wings
Here is a unique tattoo because of the inclusion of some tribal elements, along with the attempt to make the wings of the hummingbird appear to be rapidly flapping. For what it is, I think the artist was successful with it.
That's because it wasn't an attempt to make the bird appear realistic, but to display one of its characteristics in a way that can be easily recognized and understood. Seeing it from the front position is also a nice touch, as normally the hummingbird is designed in a way that views it from the side.
- Daffodil Flower Tattoo Designs
Daffodils are a flower that blooms early in spring, being among the first flowers to appear as winter is winding down. Being a sign of new beginnings, it has captured the attention and imagination of many women as a tattoo choice. Meanings...
- Unique Rose Tattoos
The rose has a variety of meanings, and in the tattoo world, is used as a main theme or as a complementary item for the rest of a design. Interestingly, a rose can be an expression of love, as in giving flowers to a loved one, or a sign of death,...
Hummingbird with Blue Flowers on Back
The color of this tattoo is what makes it attractive to me. The humming has a nice rainbow of colors flowing from the head, to the neck, and down throughout the body. Also vibrant is the blue color of the flower.
It's a really nice tattoo, but the bottom half of the bird is noticeably weaker than the top half, although the little feet were placed nicely, something many tattoo artists don't get right, who tend to make them look like they're sticking out the side. Here you can see the back leg appearing to be on the other side of the body; something you should look for if getting a hummingbird tattoo.
- Leaf Tattoo Designs
Leaf tattoo designs were far more interesting than I thought they would be, especially as the majority of them were inspired from the fall season, which resulted in most of them including vibrant orange, red and/or yellow colors. The most...
- Lightning Tattoo Designs
The thunder and lightning accompanying a storm have generated worry for some, and for others provide a sense of awe and amazement at this powerful experience. It's no surprise then that those seeking new tattoo design ideas look to lightning in...
Blue Hummingbird Tattoo Drinking from Red Flower
This final tattoo in the hummingbird gallery is fantastic. The colors are magnificent, detail amazing.
What is of particular note is the position of the hummingbird, which is exactly like it should look; the depth of the morning glory it's eating from is outstanding, and the two go together without clashing in any way.
This was of course a serious attempt at creating a great piece of art, and has to be judged from that point of view. In that regard the artist and lucky recipient of the tattoo succeeded in the endeavor.
I'm sure there are very few people who dislike a hummingbird, as the fast speed they move at and somewhat shy nature make them a joy to watch. Many of these tattoo designs caught those aspects of the hummingbird nicely, and the result are great tattoos
You can see why hummingbirds are the choice so many people make when deciding on a tattoo, as they are compelling, have great color, and can be placed in a scene which is always enjoyable to view. What more could you ask for with a tattoo design?
More by this Author
Beautiful and unique tulip tattoo designs, themes and inspiration.
While I usually enjoy targeting a certain theme when writing on tattoos, I got motivated to present a variety of tattoos related to oceans, ships and sea life in general. Sometimes looking at a variety of tattoo...
The Powerpuff Girls are an awesome choice for a Halloween costume or cosplay, as they're perfect for a group of three friends and lend themselves well to making the costumes on your own.