Mythology says that the Phoenix is a creature that rises from its own ashes after burning down to these remains. The name itself originated from the Greek word for “red”, the universal color of fire. Being the bird of fire, Phoenix can be aptly used to symbolize a person’s inner fire and zest for life. The Phoenix bird symbolizes resurrection and rebirth. Some choose tattoos of the phoenix to represent a tough time in their lives or a tough patch in their life and the fact that they overcame it.
Phoenix tattoos are normally painted in bright and lucid colors that represent life. The uniqueness comes in the different interpretation by different people. You can easily personalize a phoenix bird tattoo to highlight emotions close to your own heart. A talented tattoo artist should be able to customize and personalize your phoenix as you desire.
Jewish legend says that the phoenix was the bird that refrained from eating the forbidden fruit of paradise, then set itself on fire but rose from the ashes three days later. The Phoenix bird was also considered to be the representation of the rising and setting of the sun. However, later on it was widely accepted as the symbol of resurrection of life.
The popularity of the Phoenix Bird tattoo is believed to have its origins in the Far East. Men prefer to locate a phoenix bird picture on their arms, while the ladies typically prefer the lower back or stomach area. There are people who consider the Phoenix to be the symbol of the devil and that pagans expressed their love for Satan through the phoenix. In the Harry Potter series, the phoenix has been depicted as the bird that has healing powers. This is more in line with the positive symbolic meaning of the Phoenix. In the chronicles of Narnia a phoenix saves one of the characters from danger.