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There are more than 10,000 different species of bird tattoos designs, a fact that is sure to give you pause when it comes to choosing a single one to place on your body.
However, most of us have birds that we favor over others. Some people prefer tiny, dainty birds; finches definitely come to mind in this case.
Others favor large, exotic birds - ostriches and emus are two obvious examples. If color and personality are your two main concerns, parrots and toucans are both apt body art choices. Of course, most of us associated toucans with Toucan Sam from Fruit Loops - but that would actually make a pretty sweet tattoo!
Tattoo depictions of vultures usually show them poised over a dying animal - or even a person - which is why they have earned such spooky reputations. In fact, some would argue that vultures are like the grim reapers of the animal world.
They are usually very colorful, too, which makes them an appealing choice when it comes to body artwork. There are many insects that are actually larger than hummingbirds, which is why these birds are often used in small, intricate tattoos. Hummingbirds are popularly depicted drinking nectar from large flowers, and it's easy to see the appeal in such a beautiful scene.
The big, yellow bird is a staple among the under-five set; if you are under the age of about forty or so, you're probably well acquainted with Big Bird yourself. Although the thought of getting a large tattoo of Big Bird probably isn't all that appealing to you, it should be noted that hilarious takes on the popular children's character can make for very interesting artwork.
If you pay attention, you'll see bumper stickers, t-shirts and other things emblazoned with images of this feisty bird. If you are known for having a spunky attitude and are rather diminutive, Tweety Bird may be an idol of yours; in that case, you might want to consider getting a Tweety Bird tattoo!
In addition to the birds that are cute, cuddly and even house pets, there are birds that are a little more freaky. Vultures are definitely at the top of the list, since they hover around waiting for their prey to die before swooping on in.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you'll find hummingbirds. Hummingbirds are truly fascinating creatures, hovering in the air as if they are defying all the laws of gravity.
Birds in Popular Culture.
If you were to ask the parent of just about any child to name a popular bird, "Big Bird" is one name that's bound to come up again and again.
Another uber-popular bird from the world of pop culture is Tweety Bird. This brightly colored canary is one of the most instantly-recognizable Warner Brothers cartoon characters around. Thanks to his peppy attitude and his bold design, Tweety Bird is a natural choice for body art.
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