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Parrot Tattoos And Designs-Parrot Tattoo Meanings And Ideas

Updated on May 22, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One tattoo that may spark your interest is the parrot tattoo. Parrot tattoos are not popular tattoos, but there is still a demand for the tattoo symbol. Parrot tattoos are worn by both men and women. The parrot tattoo can also hold symbolic value to the wearer. Just like all animal tattoos, the parrot tattoo represents traits and characteristics of the parrot. Parrot tattoos are also in the category of old school tattoo designs and used in the pirate theme also. Parrot tattoo designs usually portray the parrot alone. The beauty of the parrot makes for a great colorful tattoo design.

In this article, we will review parrot tattoos and parrot tattoo designs. We will discuss parrot tattoo meanings and you will have the opportunity to view several parrot tattoo designs pictured below. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration for your next tattoo design.



When it comes to the beautiful parrot, there may not be another species of birds that resemble their charm, beauty, and uniqueness. Nothing in the world can capture their true beauty like a parrot tattoo. The parrot has been an iconic symbol of pirates for centuries, more so then the famous skull cross-bone flag. Parrots have always been portrayed with pirates, sitting on the shoulder of the pirate captain. In this article, we will learn what makes the parrot special, learn parrot tattoo meanings, and you will be able to view all the different parrot tattoo designs that are available.

When it comes to the parrot, there are over 300 different types of species. Parrots are found in rain forest all across the globe. Parrots are one of the most intelligent birds known to man. They are well known for their ability to speak human languages. Some of the most famous parrots can have a vocabulary of 100 human words or more. In their own natural environment, parrots are some of the most social birds found in the world. In fact, some believe that parrots have a high complex system when it comes to communication.

Parrot tattoos are not considered to be a top tier tattoo design, but they actually do make great tattoos. Some may even compare it with the Phoenix, when it comes to those beautiful rainbow feathers. Parrots have some of the most colorful feathers found in the world. Parrot tattoos can capture this beauty and it truly makes for a very beautiful tattoo. If your looking for a tattoo with color and beauty, you can't go wrong with the parrot tattoo.

There are a variety of different ways that parrots are portrayed as a tattoo design. Some parrot tattoos portray the parrot in a realistic way. These tattoos are very detailed and beautifully colored in. They really capture the natural beauty of the parrot. Other parrot tattoos portray the parrot as a cartoon. Some of you may have heard of the "drunk parrot". This is one popular variation of cartoon parrot tattoos. These designs portray the parrot as a drunk. The parrot may be dressed with a pirate hat or eye patch. You will usually find a bottle of liquor somewhere in the design and the parrot can be portrayed in various comical ways.

Although the parrot is often portrayed alone in parrot tattoo designs, there are a few different tattoo symbols that may be added to parrot tattoo designs. Parrot tattoos can include tropical flowers, stars, hearts, palm trees, the sun, water, and possibly pirate symbols. Parrots may be portrayed in tropical landscape designs, which can include a variety of animals and plants native to the tropics. Some parrot tattoos portray the parrot dressed like a pirate. There are plenty of different variations when it comes to parrot tattoos. As you read earlier, there are many different species of the parrot. Some of the most popular parrots used for tattoos include the Macaw, Cockatoo, Canary, and Parakeet. 



Although the parrot tattoo is chosen for beauty in most cases, the parrot also holds deep symbolic value. There are a variety of different meanings associated to the parrot. Below, you can find the meanings behind parrot tattoos.

  • Partnership
  • Intelligent
  • Beauty
  • Virginity
  • Love
  • Care
  • Aspirations
  • Guardian
  • Family
  • Vocal
  • Mockery
  • Miracle
  • Fragility
  • Achievement
  • Hope

The parrot has been symbolic to a variety of different cultures throughout time. The parrot has been a symbol of pirates to a symbol of virgin motherhood. The phrase "love birds" was based on the bird as well. The parrot was a symbol of the south according to the Native Americans. In Hindu beliefs, the parrot was a symbol of courtship. Whether you choose the parrot tattoo for symbolic purposes or for beauty, the parrot tattoo is sure to catch the attention of others.

Parrot tattoos can come in a variety of different sizes. The cartoon parrot tattoo designs are usually small to medium range tattoos. These smaller tattoos can be inked on the arms, legs, ankles, hips. lower back, or shoulders. The realistic parrot tattoo design is usually larger in size and often inked on the arms, legs, or back. You need to already consider the size and location of your tattoo before you get inked.

There are a few more important things you need to remember before you get inked. Once you find a tattoo symbol that you want, you need to make sure you take the time to research it. You want to fully understand what the tattoo represents and means before getting inked. Make sure you take your time. You don't want to rush into the tattoo process. Most people that get a tattoo on impulse end up regretting that tattoo later on down the road. Getting a permanent tattoo is a big deal. Make sure you do it right. If you feel that the parrot tattoo is not for you, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, designs, ideas, and meanings. Thanks for your visit. 



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      Dev 3 years ago

      I love looking at ptohos of tattoos, most of my friends have them...but no one in my family has any and I think that affects how I feel about having one of my it's something other people do and not me. I did consider getting a flower done on my foot for my 21st (next month) but I dunno...I'd probably get bored of it after a while and then what?! xNatalie |

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia





      Thank you all for taking the time to drop by and check out these parrot tattoos. Your visits are always appreciated. Have a good one.

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      PurvisBobbi44 6 years ago from Florida


      I love parrots, and I grew up with one---she loved to call my name all day long--Bobbi. She died when she was 80 years old.

      Anyway, don't forget to write your songs.

      Your Hub Friend,


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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      The artwork and colour in these parrot tatoos are just beautiful!

      Hope all is well with you Ricky,

      Thank you and voted up.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. These are so lovely and colorful.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The parrot tattoos are beautiful. especially the one on thr woman's back..Thank you...