Hummingbird Tattoo Meaning

Hummingbird Tattoo Meaning, Symbolism And Design Inspiration From Celebs

Shrimanti Das

Updated At  18 Apr 24

Tattoos signify art, and every art has various meanings. It is up to us how we see a hummingbird tattoo. Hummingbird tattoos typically indicate fearlessness and are a symbol of beauty. Hummingbird tattoos are one of the most popular bird tattoos, across the world.




What Does a Hummingbird Tattoo mean?

Hummingbirds are the smallest birds and the only ones that can float and fly in any direction, including backwards. They may be little, but they are fierce little creatures. They are known to defend their territory and will battle alongside eagles. These birds are fearless.



With these characteristics, the meaning of getting a hummingbird tattoo is fearlessness and the capability to fight with difficulties no matter what. Many people have different perspectives on this tattoo's meaning but people mostly get hummingbirds tattoos because they are cute warriors. Scroll down to learn more about hummingbird tattoos.


History behind the popularity of Hummingbird Tattoos

For centuries hummingbird tattoos have been considered symbols of strength and resilience. In ancient Aztecs to native American cultures, they are celebrated because of their beauty and courage.  According to mythology, those brave enough to attempt the voyage faced death at every turn. The ancient Aztecs thought that hummingbirds were fighters who travelled between the earthly and spiritual worlds. 

Over time, in Native America and Europe, people started learning about the tales of hummingbirds and they became a symbol of victory and resilience in battlefields against all odds and adversity.

Birds are considered sacred in certain cultures as divine messengers or symbols of optimism and liberty. Hummingbirds, in particular, have come to symbolize rejuvenation, joy, change, protection from bad spirits, and even immortality in certain situations! These meanings can be blended into an exclusive tattoo design for people looking for something different in their body art.


Hummingbird Tattoo’s Spiritual and Cultural Meaning

  • Aztecs used to wear garlands of dead hummingbirds around their necks to attract people of the opposite sex.
  • Native Americans considered these birds to be symbols of love and beauty. 



Expert's opinion on why Humming Bird Tattoos are popular

Tattoo experts from Chronic Ink Tattoo, a famous tattoo studio in Toronto says

“Some people may choose to include a hummingbird in their tattoo design, either flying over flowers or drinking nectar from a flower. The hummingbird and flowers rely on each other to survive, therefore this partnership could represent resilience, conquering adversity, and being joyous” 



American singer and songwriter Kelsia Ballerini has a cute small hummingbird tattoo on her side chest. The hummingbird is drawn only using black ink to keep it simple and longer lasting.

Famous actor Aaron Taylor Johnson has a hummingbird tattoo accompanied with a name tattoo of his wife, on his chest.


Hummingbird Tattoo Placement Examples


Women generally place hummingbird tattoos on their wrists, back of the ears, upper arms, fingers, legs, back or at the chest sides.



Men love to place black hummingbird tattoos on the chest, wrists, forearms and even at the back of the ear.



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