Japanese phoenix on cherry blossom design
Because the phoenix is a mythical creature with ties to Chinese and Japanese cultures, many phoenix tattoo designs incorporate other popular Asian images, such as cherry blossoms. This phoenix tattoo idea features a black and white bird of fire that appears to have flown up to land on a cherry blossom branch. In most cases, the meaning of a cherry blossom tattoo represents the transience of life, while phoenix tattoos typically symbolize new beginnings, virtue, grace or rebirth. The tattoo design in this photograph is very rudimentary, but the patterns used in the phoenix image are actually pretty ornate, and with the right tattoo artist, this phoenix tattoo idea could end up looking pretty cool.