Raven & Crow Tattoos
For many ancient peoples, the raven is a powerful animal totem, a protector,spirit guide, or god.Â He’s a shape-shifting messenger and a symbol of transformation.Â Black plumage invokes an air of mistique, secrecy, and elegance. The Raven is also a powerful sun symbol. From the earliest times, raven myths tell of its intelligence and concern for humans.Â As we wrote about in Mythological Ravens, and Crows in Celtic Mythology, there are plenty of reasons other than sheer love to get a Crow or Raven tattoo.
The most important thing to consider prior to running down to the tattoo shop is what the bird will look like, and who the best artist is for your budget and ability to travel. Tattoos are absolutely forever, so you want to be sure yours is amazing!Â Below are a few pointers:
- Research your bird choice thoroughly. There is nothing worse than seeing Ravens that are really Choughs (Choughs have orange feet, Ravens don’t)
- If using a photograph as reference for your artist, it is best to email the photographer for their blessing.
- If using artwork as reference, you absolutely must get permission from the original artist. This goes double if your tattooer is going to change it at all.
- Strive for originality. While wonderful galleries exist online such as this one, it is better to think up your own design than get one ‘out of the book’.
- Decide on a location that will allow your Crow or Raven to breathe. The back, sides, chest, and shoulder are the best.
To help further inspire you, we have put together a huge Crow and Raven Tattoo Gallery here. (I’ve even snuck a shot of Clara’s raven in there on page 4!)
Do you have a tattoo you would like to share with our readers? Send it to our wonderful mailbird cawcaw at avesnoir.com!
Here are our ten favorites from the gallery. Choosing was tough!