The owl holds a special place in mythology and storytelling, and serves as a powerful spirit guide in the natural nocturnal world.
Mysterious and stoic, and breathtaking to look at, the owl has secured its place in our modern world, with an equally modern tattoo.
New traditional owl tattoos combine the best of more classic tattoos with the new perspectives of our times, resulting in some of the most famous tattoo art of recent years. In much folklore and dream analysis, the owl symbolizes a person’s second sight, the ability to see into the darkness to discover the truth. Owls have a strong connection to the spirit world and were once believed to be messengers from the afterlife.
Those attached to the owl move with quiet intelligence and extraordinary powers of perception; Their ability to instantly judge others can often make those unaccustomed to such scrutiny feel nervous. The owl can stand still and silent, but is equally quick to grab its prey, a sure warning to those who consider it a simple, docile bird.
The neo-traditional owl tattoo belongs to the man who often lives in the place between light and dark, alive and invisible. He acts with purpose and does not declare himself or his intentions but waits for the company of those with similar tendencies.
Empathetic yet elusive, the man and his spirit totem are one and the same, their tattoo symbolism evidence of a connection much deeper than ink.