A fetish of pirates, but also an intelligent creature that can imitate the human voice and an incorrigible suitor: there’s always some excuse for a parrot tattoo

There can be different symbolic reasons for getting a parrot tattoo. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Some see this creature which is so widespread in the Amazon and islands of the Tropics as a symbol of talent with its keen intelligence which makes it almost human

Peter, Tinten-Manufaktur, Aachen, Germany
Peter, Tinten-Manufaktur, Aachen, Germany

For others it stands for erotic abundance (it is one of the birds that is best at “courting”), as well as sociability, creativity, or freedom in the general sense of the word.

This is a subject which is normally tattooed around the shoulder (although there are some examples on legs, ankles, thighs, etc.) and the style of reference remains Old School Traditional because of the vivid exotic colours.

Michael Cloutier, The Arts Corporation, Montreal, Canada
Michael Cloutier, The Arts Corporation, Montreal, Canada

But there are also plenty of Realistic tattoos out there when it comes to parrots in skin art although in this case, it’s better to place it on the back where there’s more space.

At the same time, a parrot tattoo might be associated with the concept of travel and leaving the nest, metaphorically speaking. One of the best-loved characteristics of the parro is its ability to emulate the human voice. In Hindu culture, this has always led to its being associated with situations where the main theme is love or courtship.

Maya Sapiga, Art Faktors Tattoo Studio, Munster, Germany
Maya Sapiga, Art Faktors Tattoo Studio, Munster, Germany

A combination tattoo of a pirate and parrot stands for a love of freedom, followed by the motto about living fast (“die young”) or it might just mean a singular interest in the tales of piracy in days of yore.

Finally, anyone who blindly believes in love can get a parrot tattoo as a reminder of their constant quest for the right person and the fact that, once they have found them, they will always stand by their partner.

Because the parrot is this too: an eloquent symbol of the strongest emotion of all.

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