There are few animals as rich in symbolism as the crow. A spirit animal long associated with the mysteries of life and death, the crow has been revered as a totem and spirit guide since the dawn of humankind, believed to provide insight and understanding into other realms, both spirit and of the flesh.
A frequent sign of good luck, the crow is also associated with the trickster archetype, to be aware of just how deceiving appearances can be.
Often mistaken for a simple creature, in reality the crow is a highly clever and intuitive animal that survives by its wits and resourcefulness.
Crows have held a poignant place in mythology, folklore, and modern pop culture, from Morrigan, the Welsh goddess of war and death, to comic book hero Eric Draven of “The Crow.” Symbols of ultimate destiny and the mystery of creation, fiercely intelligent and fearless in the face of death, it’s no small wonder that crows are more than mere tattoo inspiration, but protective totems for the flesh.
Various styles of crow tattoos abound, from Edward Gorey-style fantasy designs to more foreboding old school interpretations. Worn on the arm, chest, or back, the crow denotes an air of the otherworldly in its wearer, the ability to shape-shift and adapt, a master of alchemy.