Peacock feathers have been popular all around the world, since ancient times as objects of beauty and beautification. As a matter of fact, a number of people are fascinated by this bird. More often than not, a peacock is thought to be feminine. However, it's actually the male of the peafowl family that boasts of a plumage of such incomparable brilliance! The females are, in fact, less fancy and attractive to look at. The peacock is well known for its luxurious green, gold, and blue tail, which upon fanning out, exposes the eye-like markings on the feathers.
We are sure, you have heard of the expression, 'as proud as a peacock'. The attributes associated with the peacock feather tattoos are pride, vanity, and strutting arrogance, like they are attributed to a peacock. The peacock is also known as 'the bird with 100 eyes' because of the spots on its tail. These eyelike spots are known as ocelli. The so-called 'ocelli' have become a favorite mythic metaphor, which means the all seeing witness to hidden transgressions. In the mythology of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, the peacock feather was seen as a symbol of the 'evil eye'.
In the Chinese culture, the peacock was seen as a symbol of high military rank, and it was most often associated with men of great honor and committed to serve the country. In Buddhism, it is believed that the eyes on the feather represent the ever watching consciousness. There is also a significant amount of symbolism attached to the peacock in the Indian mythology.
To some, the peacock feather tattoo is an eternal symbol of beauty and life, and hence, it is one of the most sought after tattoo designs. The other meanings attached are royalty, vitality, sensuality, expansiveness, generosity, immortality, longevity, love, sexuality, watchfulness, compassion, and desire. The peacock is said to be a solar animal, hence this tattoo also conveys attitudes, like radiance, glory, stimulation, life, health, and invigoration.
A peacock feather tattoo design makes for a beautiful freshly picked up feather from the dancing peacock, if done appropriately with the right combination of colors. Actually the shaded hue of green and blue make it look magnificent.
If you want to make the tattoo using tribal tattoo designs, you can make it black in color, where you have the eye on the feather drawn properly. A number of small feathers can be drawn inverted upside down on the leg or on the arms. It can also be made on the back as well as the shoulder blades.
One popular design is a feather with a wolf. Such a tattoo often adorns the chest of the bearer. A number of women choose to get the feather tattooed on their entire back. The other area to get the tattoo is behind the ear, a little above the neck. The feather will have to be drawn upside down again.
Peacock feather tattoos also make for colorful foot tattoos. Only the feathers on the feet or along with a theme can be chosen to make the tattoo. The tattoo can be drawn from the end of the foot to the little toe, and then extend it up to the side of the foot by the heal.
When you get a peacock feather tattoo, you will have to make sure that the colors do indeed represent the true colors, else the charm of the tattoo will be lost. If you do not want a colorful tattoo, you can have it made in black as well. It is always better to talk to your artist, before you get it made so that you have an appropriate idea about what the tattoo will look like.