Celebrated over the years by the best tattooists, these birds force us – literally – to turn our dreams into marvellous opportunities. Read on to see how.

Hawks, the most well-known species of which is the Peregrine Falcon, are birds which are widespread over most parts of the world.

Nicklas Westin, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain
Nicklas Westin, Family Art Tattoo, Barcelona, Spain

This is why we are still fascinated by them today and they never seem to go out of style as subjects for tattoos: over the centuries they have even featured in the myths and legends of many different civilizations.

Svabo, Rembrandt Tattoo, Luka, Bosnia & Hercegovina
Svabo, Rembrandt Tattoo, Luka, Bosnia & Hercegovina

The name Peregrine Falcon (Falco Pelegrinus) comes from Latin and means “foreigner”. After all, we are speaking here about a migratory bird that can be found all over the world and tends to travel long distances. Because of its intelligence, fierce nature and incredible ability to catch its prey, the Peregrine Falcon is also used in falconry.

Robin Kemper, Der Eremit, Bochum, Germany
Robin Kemper, Der Eremit, Bochum, Germany

The Hawk is also one of the fastest creatures on earth, a ruthless predator and patient observer. For the Ancient Egyptians, the Hawk was Horus, the god of the hunt, later worshipped as the god of the sky and the sun. Horus was represented with the head of a hawk and had such keen sight that he could see hundreds of metres away, as well as having a sort of metaphorical “third eye” which gave him powers of clairvoyance.

Matt Adamson, Kings Avenue Tattoo, New York, USA
Matt Adamson, Kings Avenue Tattoo, New York, USA

These traits gave Horus/Hawk absolute control over the four elements (water, fire, earth and air) just like the Greeks considered him to be the main messenger of the god Apollo. In subsequent European civilizations he was often recognised as Wodan, the Germanic god of the hunt.

Lucas Ferreira, Bat Country Tattoo Club, Porto, Portugal
Lucas Ferreira, Bat Country Tattoo Club, Porto, Portugal

From a symbolic point of view, the Hawk stands for the power of vision and determination as well as a resilience and ability to cope with various situations of a personal/spiritual/professional nature. The Hawk simply passes through all these existential changes a person comes up against without showing any signs of suffering.

Kike Esteras, Black Ship BCN, Barcelona, Spain
Kike Esteras, Black Ship BCN, Barcelona, Spain

Hawk-people are individuals who demand much from their partner (be they male or female) and often clash with others with whom they have relationships. The reason for this? They are impulsive and utterly lacking in tact or manners. Their innate enthusiasm makes them change direction frequently and they lack the patience needed to bring their projects to fruition.

John H., No Name Tattoo, Nice, France
John H., No Name Tattoo, Nice, France

The positive vision of the Hawk therefore suggests we draw up a clear strategy before pursuing our personal goals. This creature advises us to have a precise intention so that our life on Earth is in no way wasted. That is why, when we see a hawk in the sky, it behoves us to concentrate on our dreams in such a way as to make them come true.

Gaia Leone, Hardtimes Tattoo, Turin, Italy

Finally, the Hawk is a creature of the sun and that means that the life of someone who gets a hawk tattoo also turns around a series of profound passions. This bird asks us – or maybe forces us – to dedicate ourselves body and soul to our deepest desires and to obtain the greatest results we can. For our good and also to offer our gift or talent to the world.

Fredao Oliveira, Inkonink Tattoo Studio, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Fredao Oliveira, Inkonink Tattoo Studio, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

So the moral of the story is this: just as the hawk is pitiless when it swoops upon its prey, we must be the same when it comes to our dreams. We have to use method and tactics in order to transform our desires into something real and tangible.