Colorful full back phoenix tattoo
The phoenix tattoo in this photograph is inked in the center of the back, but the tattoo design doesn’t take up the entire back like some full back tattoos that incorporate a phoenix image. The phoenix in this particular back tattoo is inked in girly colors, including purple, pink and yellow, and the bird is depicted as rising up, which plays into the meaning of most phoenix tattoos. According to ancient mythology, the phoenix was a mythical bird of fire that was cyclically reborn as it rose from the ashes after setting itself on fire. Because of this meaning, many people opt for phoenix tattoos to symbolize rebirth, new beginnings, purity or virtue.