The magic in this tattoo is in the details and the layout. Notice the face of the owl, how the eyes and ears are so finely detailed that they appear soft without any feathery strokes. The face is not a traditional representation, yet there is personality there.
What is also very interesting is the layout of the remaining pattern. There is a certain tribal feel to the open scroll work below the owl head, yet the curves of the pattern that reach to the elbow are of a different genre.
The mix of styles come together to create a very eclectic piece of art. The details are clean and flow well along the length of shoulder and arm.