The phoenix is created using red and black ink that overlap one another to form the body, wings and head. This layered look gives the mythical bird depth and weight. The artist did a wonderful job of fading the black tips into the red on each line. Great placement on the back.
The phoenix legend says that it lived for hundreds of years and when it was weary, it would build a nest, then set fire to itself in the nest. Three days later, it would arise out of those ashes and be reborn.
Many cultures have their own variation of this myth and attach many meaning to the phoenix, however, the symbolism of rebirth is the one that the phoenix is known for.