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Tattoo Center. Tribal Owl Tattoo Designs. Most owls hunt at night, although some species of the bird prefer to hunt at dusk and dawn. Because of the dull color of their feathers, owls can camouflage themselves incredibly well and wait quietly for prey, blending into the shapes and shadows of trees and houses. Because of this long wait for prey, owls have become associated with patience; one of the core values of wisdom. Tattoos of owls are often a sign that the tattoo owner is willing to wait for what they want.
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Owl tattoos sometimes show the owl perched on a branch or rooftop. The silhouette of a sitting owl is almost always an oval with two peaks on the head for ears. The shapes created by the folded wings and the feathers around the bird’s eyes have inspired many tattoo designers to get creative with the design. In owl tattoos, the eye feathers are often portrayed in a creative, abstract fashion, drawing attention to the large, bold eyes of the bird.
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Tattoos of owls are often chosen as a symbol of mysticism and magic. There are stories from around the world that portray the owl as a messenger between the land of the living and the kingdom of the dead. In many storybooks about magic, including the Harry Potter series, owls are described as being companions for witches and magicians.
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Owls are associated with darkness and the night. In many owl tattoos, the bird is accompanied by a moon or stars, each of which add their own meaning to the owl tattoo. The owl is sometimes referred to as the King of the Night because they rule the night skies, bringing silent death from above without warning. Owls can see in the night, a characteristic that tribal people once believed was a magical ability. In tattoos, an owl looking into the darkness is a symbol of courage; the ability to look into the darker aspects of life and not be afraid.