“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul” penned Emily Dickinson, and she was not alone in her sentiment.
The feather is one of the simplest but most poignant symbols in the world, with meaningful origins that date back thousands of years.
Feathers symbolize freedom and inspiration, and in Native American cultures was worn to show one’s connection with the Great Spirit. The Iroquois made offerings of feathers during seasonal ceremonies to give thanks for their bounty.
The sophisticated beauty of the geometric style, founded on the principle of mathematical balance and aesthetic harmony, makes it ideal for translating the feather into stunning tattoo art. With its series of symmetrically interwoven and evenly layered squares, triangles, and abstract figures, a geometric feather is at once deconstructed and reinterpreted in a new light.
Just as the feather represents liberation from earth-bound restraints, a geometric feather worn on the bicep, shoulder, or leg of a man acts as a powerful totem for manifesting similar aspirations. This is a man who has made peace with what is below to achieve new heights above, and is the walking embodiment of grace under pressure.