you can be free as a bird

free as a bird tattoo design by nakedpastor david hayward

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A friend of mine wanted me to design a tattoo for her. She said she wanted cherry blossoms and a bird flying free from a cage. This is a sketch I drew for her. She’s happy.

Did you know that for the Chinese, the cherry blossom represents feminine beauty and sexuality and often holds an idea of feminine power as well? It is the symbol of love.

It is different for the Japanese. For the Japanese the cherry blossom is a very delicate flower that blooms for a very short time. This represents the transience of life. This relates to the teachings of Buddhism that claims all life is suffering and transitory.

I think this is a powerful image for the woman I drew it for. I hope you can relate to it. The cherry blossom represents feminine power and love, and is also a reflection of the transitoriness of life. Humility. The bird, a swallow, is free. It represents dignity and freedom. Flying free of the cage, she is full of dignity, freedom, love and humility.

Are you free? What’s stopping you?

I will design a tattoo for you if you want. Please Email Me if interested!

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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Robin Slater

    Nice. I like. If I ever get a tat, I want one in the design of a necklace I have called Rising Phoenix.

  • BonnieJean Kurle

    If I could stand the pain of another tat, I would consider this one (or something much like it). Perfect.

  • Patty

    That is really, really beautiful.

  • Thirza Angenent

    <3 in love

  • Adam Julians

    That’s interesting about the cheery blossom, the freeding of the bird and feminine imigary. Can’t help thinking of Lynrd Skynrd “Freebird” after seeing that for a bit of masculinty to compliment things :)