The Myth of the Phoenix and its Popularity in Tattooing

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There are some subjects that have become classic images in tattooing. One of those iconic images is the phoenix. Today we’ll take a look at its origins, its appearance and why a phoenix tattoo might just be the perfect tattoo for you.

The origins of the myth behind the phoenix spans across many different cultures. The Egyptians associated the phoenix with the worship of the sun.  It was said to be a large bird with brilliant gold and red feathers that would fashion its nest from fragrant materials, which it would set aflame. The bird would be consumed in the blaze, only to rise again renewed. It would then fly with the ashes to the city of Heliopolis (City of the Sun) where it would deposit the ashes on the altar of the sun-god, Ra.

There are also counterparts of the myth of the phoenix in Chinese culture, in which it is named Feng Huang. It is said to represent integrity, power and prosperity. The Chinese phoenix is reported to have the beak of a rooster, the face of a sparrow, the neck of a serpent, the breast of a goose, the back of a tortoise, the legs of a stag and the tail of a fish. Its feathers were colored in black, white, red, green, and yellow.

Other cultures that have phoenix mythology are Japanese, Persian, Greek, Native American and Russian. Researching each style of phoenix is important to know which one would best suit your personality. No matter which version you choose, the phoenix  was widely associated with immortality, strength and perseverance which is why it remains a popular image for tattooing today.

Here are some examples of the phoenix from across cultures:

Often, when people are experiencing major milestones in their lives, they look to tattooing to serve as a marker of the moment, forever preserving the feeling. Whether someone is experiencing physical hardships, emotional challenges or just wanting to mark a new phase of personal growth, the representation of the phoenix reminds them that even in the darkest times, we can all come out renewed, brighter and bolder than ever.

At Mantra Tattoo, we have a team of amazing tattoo artists that can help you get the design to suit your personality and individuality. Check their tattoo portfolio to get inspired. You can also come down to the shop to speak with one of our artists and get your new tattoo started today! The shop is open every day and we welcome walk-ins.

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