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Owl Tattoo: Meanings

Updated on July 1, 2013

We recognize Owls as a sign of Wisdom and Life Experience, but owl tattoos can have many meanings aside from that, depending on the person portraying it.

We recognize Owls as a sign of Wisdom and Life Experience, but owl tattoos can have many meanings aside from that, depending on the person portraying it. Owls are now endangered species, becoming quite rare, symbolizing individuality or uniqueness. A tattoo could show the wearer's desire of freedom, being able to fly wherever their heart leads them. They are also popular in several cultural legends such the Native American and Alaskan Native Stories. Depending on the legends they can be seen as wise or even demonic. Believed to represent death, a warning sign for bad omens. While obviously most people don't want something on their body that warns of death, there's more then just the well known meaning, Wisdom.

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There are 5 Different Types of Owl Tattoos:


Traditional: The one's often associated with Wisdom, could be worn to express a willingness to learn new things and a love of education.

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Cute Owl: Often chosen by Women, showing a cuter more adorable side of an owl.

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Barn Owl: Most common and most seen owl, used often for tattoos.

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Old School Owl: Black outlines with Bold coloring.

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Flying Owl: Representing freedom and a desire to fly away. Popular for the Chest/Upper Back area.

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Whether you go with a Traditional life-like tattoo or a colorful Old School style one, an owl is a perfect tattoo to express yourself!

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