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Updated on September 30, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

PHOENIX TATTOOS


One top tier tattoo design that you may want to consider is the Phoenix tattoo. The Phoenix tattoo is popular in America and also other areas across the world. Phoenix tattoos can be worn by both men and women. Phoenix tattoo designs may portray the Phoenix alone or other symbols and elements may be added to the tattoo design. The Phoenix tattoo can be designed in various styles, colors, and sizes. The Phoenix tattoo represents traits, characteristics, and attributes of the Phoenix.

In this article, we will discuss Phoenix tattoos and Phoenix tattoo designs. We will review Phoenix tattoo meanings and you will have the opportunity to view several Phoenix tattoo designs pictured below. In the end, we hope that you are able to be inspired and leave with ideas for your own tattoo.





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THE PHOENIX HISTORY AND DESIGNS


One of the most symbolic birds through history has been the Phoenix. When it comes to the Phoenix and the Phoenix tattoo, the most distinguished meaning is "ressurection". The Phoenix comes from the East, in Arabian lands. The Phoenix is capable of living for five hundred years. The Phoenix is the only one of its kind. When the Phoenix's life draws to an end, it build a nest full of spices. When the time is right, it enters the nest to die. When the flesh of the Phoenix decays, a worm is being produces. Once produced, the worm is nourished and brings forth feathers. Once it gains the strength, it takes up the nest and bones of its parent. It then passes from Arabian lands to Heliopolis, a city in Egypt. It then flys in front of men and places the nest and bones on the alter of the sun. Once this is completed, the Phoenix returns to its former self.






The story above comes from the "First Epistle of Clement". This is where we capture the "ressurection" meaning. The Phoenix represents rebirth. The Phoenix is the only creature that is known to rise from its own ashes. In this story, it takes the Phoenix three days to rise once it has passed. This is very similar to the ressurection of Jesus Christ. When the Phoenix enters its nest to die, it turns into fire. This is why the Phoenix is associated with fire. The Egyptians believed the Phoenix symbolized the Sun god "Ra". Due to its relationship with the ressurection of Jesus, the Phoenix can also represent Christianity.





The tattoo on the right is a great example of how colorful and beautiful the Phoenix bird tattoo can be. The Phoenix tattoo can be very distinct, which makes for a creative and beautiful tattoo. In most traditional styles, the Phoenix tattoo is usually red, orange, and yellow. But with Eastern influnce, more colorful designs and colors were introduced to the Phoenix. In modern times, blue, purple, green, orange, black, and pink are all used. The variety of different colors make for a beautiful tattoo. Either way, the Phoenix tattoo makes for a great tattoo design.






People choose the Phoenix bird tattoo for a variety of different reasons, but the top two are for symbolic purposes and for the beauty of the tattoo. Two patterns are followed in these scenarios, but not always. Those who choose this design for symbolic purposes usually choose the traditional colors. Those who choose it for a beautiful tattoo usually choose the more vibrant colors. Either way you go, the Phoenix tattoo design gives you plenty of options.







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PHOENIX TATTOO MEANINGS AND STYLES


As you learned earlier in this article, the Phoenix is associated with resurrection and rebirth. It can symbolize the same thing as a tattoo. The Phoenix tattoo also represents hope, life, and transformation of the body and soul. For example, the Phoenix tattoo can represent letting go of the past and overcoming your troubles of the past. To Christians, it can represent your faith in Christ.








The Phoenix has great significance to several different cultures. It is portrayed as an important character in Arabian, Greek, and Roman mythology. The Chinese believed the Phoenix represented grace and virtue of the female character. It is also believed to represent femininity. It is a great bird that represents the female's attributes. In ancient China, only the worthy Empress was allowed to wear the Phoenix symbol. The Phoenix represents half of the yin and yang. The dragon represents the other half. According to the Chinese, the Phoenix is the 2nd most important creature to their civilization. The dragon is portrayed as number one.








The tribal Phoenix tattoo is one of the most popular designs of the tattoo. This design depicts the Phoenix rising from the fire. In this case, the Phoenix represents rebirth, resurrection, and a new beginning. In this design, the fire represents turbulence and death. The rising Phoenix bird symbolizes the ability to rise above a troubled life and represents victory over death. For example, we all go through rough patches in our life. We all go through troubled times andwhen we do, we usually seek a new beginning. The Phoenix tattoo can represent this in tattoo form. It can be there to remind you of your strength to overcome trouble in your life.








The body parts of the Phoenix are also thought to have symbolic meaning. The wings on the Phoenix represent prosperity. The head on the Phoenix represents reliability. The body of the Phoenix symbolizes kindness. You will have to decide if you want to choose a more modern day meaning and design or use symbolic meanings that have survived through history.











"Phoenix" represents "red" in the Greek language. "Red" represents "fire", which corresponds with the Phoenix. The Japanese refer to the Phoenix as the "Immortal Bird". Jews portrayed the Phoenix as the only creature to avoid the forbidden fruit. The Phoenix has been well represented throughout history by many different cultures. Due to all the symbolic history, the Phoenix has remained a popular symbol for centuries.

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THINGS TO REMEMBER

It is very important to do your research when you are considering a tattoo. There are many different designs, styles, and meanings to choose from. Get to know each tattoo and what it represents. Don't rush into the tattoo process also. So many people jump right into the tattoo process and get inked. Later on down the road, they end up hating their tattoo. If you take the time and do your research, chances are you will be satisfied with it and not regret it later on.


If you feel like the Phoenix tattoo design is not for you, be sure to check out the tattoo articles in the links below. More articles on tattoo styles, designs, and meanings. Thanks for visiting.


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      Rodriguez S. 

      3 years ago

      I loved this article so much. I've thought of getting a Dragon Tattoo but not to long ago I thought to add the Phoenix to it. I'm about to move and I want to let go of the past but yet I've grown wiser with the things I've learned and that is why I'm looking for a nice design that will incorporate both of them. I still need to pick a spot. My original idea was to put it on my leg but now I'm rethinking, I don't know where to put it. I can't place it on my back because I plan to get a pair of beaten up angel wings that symbolize the pain and errors I've caused.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Sanura, thanks for taking the time to comment and I would be happy to help you in any way that I can. Since you are looking for symbolic value within the Phoenix, I would stick to the original tradition. The Phoenix is made from fire so I would have it done with flames. The great thing about flames is the fact that you can still add color and detail. Go with a variety of shades in red, orange, and yellow. Perhaps the wings going from shoulder to hip, possibly peaking around your sides. The head could be on the opposite shoulder. I like the multi-colors of the Phoenix, but they step away from originality. However, it is your choice. I think the multiple shades of red, orange, and yellow add a nice detail.

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      Sunara Chervyakov 

      6 years ago

      love the pictures here.. and you are so right.. I have been considering getting a tattoo and the Phoenix has been my number one choice.. because of its symbolic meanings and variations thanks for your explainations here.. very helpful but now I have to do more researching into the color i want and symbolic meanings.. I want this on my back and if you have any suggestion .. would be good to see more back tattoos

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Sueswan, lol:) It really all depends on the location with most tattoos. This one however, is usually a large tattoo and it would be a little painful. I would rather catch the beauty of the tattoo with all the colors, so I would choose a large design, but that is just me. They are small examples, such as a tribal Phoenix. But I can understand that. Take care. I hope you have a great Sunday Sueswan and thanks. Off to work.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Gypsy, thanks for another visit. Perfect example of the Phoenix and its symbolic meaning. You are right, especially in times that we face right now. It would be a great tattoo to embrace that thought.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      AE, thanks for another visit my friend. Thank you for your kind words. It holds a bunch of symbolic meaning to so many past civilizations. The beauty of the tattoo is amazing. You can so a lot with this tattoo.

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      Sueswan 

      6 years ago

      This girl doesn't like pain and I hear getting a tattoo is painful. I am a suck. lol

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Cheryl, thanks for coming by and for your comment. You make a great point. The Phoenix is one of those tattoo designs that add an array of beauty. The colors are extraordinary and make for a great tattoo.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Sueswan, thanks for another visit my friend. Hope all is well. That is a great choice, a beautiful tattoo. It would look great on you! lol

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Alcsin, thanks for dropping by and for your comment, time, and vote my friend. It makes for a beautiful tattoo for either men or women. Hope you have a great day.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. I think that time and time again in this tough and challenging world we must all rise up like the Phoenix from ashes and renew ourselves just to keep on going.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The history of the Phoenix is amazing. The tattoos are beautiful. I believe this is your most interesting hub. I love the story of the Phoenix returning to the nest to die..Thank you..Bravo..

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      Cheryl J. 

      6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Oh My. Love the art and the meanings of the different tatoos. It is hard to make a decision on the the best tattoo in your photos. I was attracted to several. Wonderful and interesting hub.

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      Sueswan 

      6 years ago

      Hi Lyricwriter

      My favourite Phoenix tattoo is the fourth picture. I love the blues and purples.

      Voted up and awesome

      Hope you are doing well. :-)

      Sue

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      The phoenix is among the most beautiful tattoos you've ever highlighted. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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