This amazing owl arm tattoo was done by Nina Rademeyer, who is the head artist at Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Just like most animal tattoos, the owl tattoo has a rich symbolic value. The owl is a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, and transition.
The owl has been associated with many different ancient civilizations over time, all over the globe. The owl plays a part in Hindu, Egyptian, and Celtic lore and mythologies. These cultures believed that the owl was the protector and guardian of the dead and believed it was able to communicate with the departed. The Romans believed that an owl hooting atop a public building predicted the death of an important public figure. Because of this, the owl is commonly called the “angel of death” and believed to guide or carry recently-departed souls to the underworld. For ancient Greeks, the owl was sacred to Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.
The owl was also symbolic to Native Americans who believed it was the guardian of sacred knowledge. They would also look to the owl to forecast the weather. Several cultures believed that the owl would accompany the soul in the afterlife and some believe if you see an owl in your dreams, it means that you or someone in your life will experience death.
Nina enjoys doing animal tattoos and her love for it definitely shows through in all her work. This client has a number of animal tattoos and this beautiful owl was her latest addition to the family.
Nina Rademeyer completed this owl forearm tattoo in a single sitting using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Green Soap, Hustle Butter and Elite Cartridges.
To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information regarding Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio please visit www.zenink.co.za or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg to discuss your ideas and plans for your next awesome tattoo. We look forward to seeing you!