Blue phoenix tattoo with purple butterflies
Although many phoenix tattoos are fierce-looking, there are plenty of ways to make a phoenix tat more feminine or girly. This girl, for example, has a large phoenix tattoo inked on her back in blue, with several different-sized butterflies scattered around the bird. The butterflies are inked in purple and the design as a whole takes up a large portion of her back, extending from near her right shoulder blade all the way to her lower back. The phoenix in the back tattoo has its wings raised so it looks like the bird is in flight, which is a common design for phoenix tattoos. This is because legend has it that the phoenix sets itself on fire and rises from the ashes to be reborn, hence the popular phoenix tattoo meaning of rebirth or new beginnings.