This gorgeous realism/illustration owl shoulder tattoo was done by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist at Zen Ink Professional Tattoo Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The owl is a beautiful and meaningful tattoo choice. Owl tattoos aren’t necessarily mainstream but are popular, worn by both men and women. Often colorful and detailed, they commonly portray the owl alone, but may include other symbols and elements.

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 Completed this owl shoulder tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Elite cartridges, Stencil Stuff, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Fusion Tattoo Ink, Eternal Tattoo Ink and Green Soap.

If you would like to see more of Nina Rademeyers work, or for any additional information regarding the studio please visit or feel free to stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation to discuss your next tattoo.

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