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Hummingbird Tattoo Ideas - Little Tattoos for Arm & Shoulder

Updated on April 10, 2012

If you are looking for a unique and fun tattoo idea, maybe a hummingbird tattoo is the perfect choice for you. They look great as a small shoulder, ankle or arm piece and your tattooist can work them into a large floral or tree design. You may wonder, why choose a hummingbird tattoo, or hummingbird and flower tattoo and not another type of bird? Well there are many reasons that make this type of tattoo one that you can feel proud to wear.

Hummingbirds are often thought of as “New World Birds.” This is because they were native to the Americas and not seen in Europe and Asia before explorers crossed over the Atlantic Ocean. The Native Americans held the hummingbirds in high regard and believed the by studying this bird, humans could find joyful living in their own life. Put simply, they felt the bird symbolized joy and the “Nectar of Life.” Some Native Americans followed a Ghost Spirit religion that included dance as a major part of worship, and the Hummingbird provided inspiration for these dances.

Ancient Pagans also honored the hummingbird. They admired the tireless energy these little birds offered, while comparing their anxiety to that of humans.

These birds are spectacular creatures, and because of their coloring they make great tattoo designs. Perhaps you would like a design featuring a bird at a flower, or a tattoo of a bird in flight. Whichever you choose, you will love the complements you receive and attention they inspire.

Browse this gallery of hummingbird tattoo pictures and find one that sparks your interest. You and your tattooist can take these hummingbird tattoo images and create the perfect design for you.


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