Next tattoo: magpies

So I already have the nest:


Next is the birds. I originally wanted barn swallows but thought that they were a little too colorful for the black/shading of the nest. Then I thought about having scissor-tailed flycatchers but their tails are too long.. plus, the nest/eggs don’t match up for either of those birds. Then I saw some mockingbird eggs and thought, “Hey, that looks just like my tattoo!” So up until now, I was planning on getting mockingbirds. Then I thought to just look into magpies, since they’re a little prettier and really bad ass, and their nest/eggs look basically like my tattoo as well.

This one I’m getting for sure, on the back/side of my calf, going toward the nest..


The rest I’m planning on merging so I can get certain elements of each, going away from the nest on the side of my calf:




Very excite! Need to save money though 😦

Different cultures regard magpies differently, I like how my Chinese half thinks:

“Magpie symbolic meanings take on a brighter note in the East, where the Chinese regard the magpie as a good luck symbol, joy, marital bliss, sexual happiness, and long lasting fortune.

When the Chinese hear the cry of a magpie it is said to be an announcement of the arrival of friends and family.

The ancient Roman’s viewed the magpie as a creature of high intellect and reasoning powers. She is also an attribute of Bacchus, the God of wine.

In Native American animal lore, the magpie was also viewed as having intellect. However, more often than not she was faulted for trickery and her intelligence was typically used in deceptive schemes. She cannot be judged too harshly thought because her tricks are always played out with a light-hearted, good-natured intention.

As you can see, the magpie symbolic meanings are as diverse and colorful as the magpie herself. Her messages are many, and she gives them to us with a free and happy heart.”

Also cool about the magpie: only non-mammal that can recognize itself in a mirror. Here’s a short article about the study:

“Self-recognition, it has been argued, is a hallmark of advanced cognitive abilities in animals. It was previously thought that only the usual suspects of higher cognition—some great apes, dolphins, and elephants—were able to recognize their own bodies in a mirror.

Psychologist Helmut Prior and colleagues have shown evidence of self-recognition in magpies—a species with a brain structure very different from mammals.

The researchers subjected the magpies to a mark test, wherein a mark is placed on the subject’s body in such a way that it can only be seen in a mirror. When the magpies engaged in activity that was directed towards the mark (e.g. scratching at it), the researchers were able to conclude that these birds recognized the image in the mirror as themselves, and not another animal.

These findings not only indicate that non-mammalian species can engage in self-recognition behaviour, but they also show that self-recognition can occur in species without a neocortex. This area is thought to be crucial to self-recognition in mammals, and its absence in this case suggests that higher cognitive skills can develop independently along separate evolutionary lines.

Mammals and birds have developed vastly different brain structures, and future studies will be able to further examine how these structures converge to produce similar cognitive abilities.”

So magpies are fuckin cool. I’d love to get it before the new year….


~ by jbird. on November 11, 2008.

One Response to “Next tattoo: magpies”

  1. O my, this looks amazing…
    hard to choose isn´t it?

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