Birds are considered to be very symbolic in multiple cultures around the world. Americans associate their liberty with the mighty eagle and the Japanese with the phoenix. Birds have been given symbols that represent the whole schema of human emotion. The dove represents peace between mankind while the raven and crow depict mischievous yet clever creatures. Most importantly, birds have always fascinated man not only because of their grace and beautiful feathers but because they can fly. Birds can represent the freedom of a person’s soul or even the act of freeing something and letting time take its course. There are so many designs that can be used with different birds that it is almost impossible to list. Certain birds represent nautical wisdom while others represent fertility. Whatever the meaning behind a tattoo, a beautiful bird can only enhance the symbolic depth.