Due to the religious and mystical connection they bear, bird tattoo designs have thus become extremely popular. References to birds have been found from all ages: from sticks figures in Egyptian tombs and
In popular myth, heroes would often be seen accompanied by their birds while pursuing mythical creatures of yore. It is often retold in myth that birds would be found to fly forward and return informing the hero of any looming obstacles. Perhaps this is the origin of the phrase that is so common: a little bird told me?
However keep in mind that in other countries birds and hence bird tattoo designs could mean entirely different things due to the different culture. For example in Chinese culture, the word for bird, niao, can also mean penis. Thus a sexual dimension is added to bird tattoo designs. Even in western culture, the reference to the penis as a cock dates as far back as Ancient Rome. In German, having a bird is another way of calling a person insane. Obviously we would all know about bird-brain being an insult! Though these references might not affect people with bird tattoo designs, it is important to remember them before deciding on a tattoo.