The phoenix is a fabled bird in Greek mythology. Only one such bird existed at a time, and it was always male. It had brilliant gold and reddish-purple feathers, and was as large as or larger than an eagle. According to some Greek writers, the phoenix lived for exactly 500 years. Other writers believed that its life cycle is as long as 12,954 years.
At the end of each life cycle, the phoenix was known to have burned itself on a funeral pyre. Then, another phoenix rose from the ashes with renewed youth and beauty. The young phoenix, after rising from the ashes, carried the remains of its father to the altar of the sun god in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (City of the Sun). The long life of the bird, and its dramatic rebirth from its own ashes, made it a symbol of immortality and spiritual rebirth.
The Greeks probably took their idea of the phoenix from the Egyptians, who worshipped the bennu, a sacred bird similar to the stork. The bennu, like the phoenix, was connected to the sun worship rites in Heliopolis. Both birds represent the sun, which dies in its flames each evening and emerges every morning. Apart from these attributes, some contemporary fictional stories describe this beautiful bird as an extremely strong one, which can carry immense loads, is very highly faithful and whose tears have magical properties that enable instant healing of the worst of injuries. It is this legendary bird that tattoo artists really love engraving, and tattoo-lovers love having inked onto their bodies. The phoenix, from times immemorial, has symbolized many concepts such as beauty, strength, and a constant support to the good side of things. In case you want to bring this fictional creature into reality through visual means, you ought to focus your attention on phoenix tattoo designs.
Phoenix tattoo designs are a kind of designs that are quite versatile and flexible when it comes to size, color and placement on the body. While they look best when depicted on a large area, along with the gorgeous hues of their plumage designed intricately and quite realistically on the skin of the individual, they can also be depicted as a tribal design in the monochromic black. The colorful design, though, is the one that attracts the eye and appeals to it quite earnestly, with the eye responding to it in quite the same way.
Phoenix tattoo designs can also be combined with various other tattoo designs, such as the sun, or flames, or anything that aids you to depict the idea fixed in your mind to materialize into a visual form. Whether combined with another design, or solitary, phoenix tattoo designs will give you an inner drive towards courage and achievement, apart from the sense of immense satisfaction that you will attain on seeing them etched on your body.
So if you are looking for a preferably large and strikingly stunning design, I would advise you to get a phoenix design, which is both, unique and vividly vibrant, with rich shades enveloping your skin through its bright anatomy.