8 Peacock Feather Tattoo Meanings

There are feather tattoos, and then there are amazing feather tattoos. Peacock feather is definitely one of the amazing ones. If you would like to have peacock feather tattooed, here’s what you need to know about its meaning.
8 Peacock Feather Tattoo Meanings

Peacock feather tattoo design incorporates two meanings – the general meaning of feather tattoos, and the meaning of peacock tattoos. Know what your tattoo means before you get it – you don’t want to end up with something that carries a symbolism you wouldn’t like.

1. Light as a Feather


Feathers are generally a very beautiful and gentle feminine tattoo designs. A lot of girls choose peacock feather simply because it is more beautiful than other feathers, while only a small number associates the feather to the meaning of peacock tattoos.

Feathers symbolize creativity, spiritual evaluation and rebirth. Most common places for a peacock feather are ribs, scapulas or a side of the lower back. Peacock feather should, by all means, be done in full color – it is the colors that make it so beautiful.

2. Proud as a Peacock


This is an expression that was first used back in the 14th century, and it is still quite common today. It is also the meaning of a peacock feather tattoo design.

Peacock feather tattoo could indicate a very proud person. It could be comprehended in two ways – the person wearing it could either be very proud of herself for good reasons, or simply very arrogant. If you don’t want to be perceived as an arrogant person, I’d suggest you choose a smaller tattoo, rather than one that goes across your whole back, for example.

3. The All Seeing Eye

Peacock Feather Tattoo

The peacock is known as the bird with 100 eyes, referring to the pattern on its tail feathers. These eyes are considered to be all seeing, as well as being the “evil eyes.”

The eye on the peacock feather tattoo could mean that you are an open minded person – the one that looks at the world with eyes wide open, the one that is not afraid of challenges. On the other hand, in Egyptian, Roman and Greek mythology, the eye on the peacock feather is considered to be the “evil eye.” This is not always a bad thing – the “evil eye” symbols give the evil eye, as well as, protect the one who wears them.

4. Peacock Feather in Indian Mythology

Peacock Feather Tattoo

The peacock is a very important bird for people in India. It still has a status of a worshiped bird, mainly because it slays snakes. Because it is believed that peacocks are immune to snake bites, their blood is supposed to be able to chase away evil spirits. Peacock feather tattoo can be a symbol of protection against those spirits, or simply people who would like to hurt you.

5. Christianity and Peacock Feather

Peacock Feather Tattoo

In early Christian times, peacock flesh was believed to be so high quality that it could not go bad. The peacock feathers, with the all seeing eyes, brought the peacock to a status of a sacred emblem.

Peacock feather represents a pure soul, the one that cannot be corrupted. It also stands for immortality and resurrection.

6. Pregnancy


A friend of mine got herself a peacock feather tattoo after years of trying to get pregnant. When I asked her why she chose that, she explained that there is an ancient Chinese belief that if a peacock looks at a woman who has problems conceiving, she will be able to get pregnant.

Needles to say that this is just a superstition and that tattooing a peacock feather will probably not help you conceive. But it is definitely a beautiful tattoo design, and it is a choice of expecting mothers, because it is believed that a peacock feather brings easy labor and fortune to the newborn baby.

7. Fashion Industry


Back in 18th century the peacock was a symbol of tailors. The peacock feather tattoo, for this reason, is considered to have a meaning for people who are dealing with fabrics which are fine just as the peacock feather is. Don’t be surprised to see a peacock feather tattoo on someone who is in fashion industry.

8. Simple Beauty


Peacock feathers are simply beautiful, and a lot of girls tattoo them with no particular meaning. However, the outer beauty of a peacock feather shows the inner beauty of a person wearing it as a tattoo. People with peacock feather tattoos are believed to be good, honest, kind, patient and always optimistic about life.

The peacock feather reminds us to be proud of who we are, to embrace our uniqueness and to let our true colors shine. Just as the peacock spreads its feathers to attract a mate, we should be confident in ourselves and our abilities to attract success and happiness.

The peacock feather is a reminder that sometimes our flaws and imperfections can be our most beautiful qualities.

So, tell me – what do you think about these explanations? I would like to hear what meaning a peacock feather tattoo has for you. So, if you already have a peacock feather tattoo, or if you’re planning to get one, feel free to share your thoughts.


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About the author


Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.


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  • I personally belive peacock feather means : protection of a romance…the eye of the feather watches to see infadeltiy…if a man dose not like peacock feathers he will not be faithful…

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  • I absolutely adore peacock feathers and have wanted a tatto of one for a long time, but am getting serious about getting one so I have been researching their meanings. Not only are they beautiful, but they have an amazing meaning as well. I will be getting my tattoo :)

    Thanks for the article!

  • certainly I got this peacock feather tattoo on foot, But im a male I just inlove with it when i saw a peacock feather tattoo on it,then I decided to choose that design, It makes me proud of myself as well as my Chinese zodiac says that People born in the year of snake are well groomed just like peacocks they are always well groomed

  • I want to have a peacock feather on the side of my right boob.. and since i’ve found these meanings im sure that this tattoo is the best idea of all i’ve thought to do :)

    Thanks for the article you’ve helped a lot :) xx

  • I got the peacock tattoo sometimes in December for the meaning of starting a new life, rising back from the dead, 100 eyes of truth, knowledge, patients, and luck.

  • I love some of the meanings, had known about pride and the protection from evil/evil eye. They are so beautiful. They have an added meaning for me personally between my husband and I (a little running joke) and also where I grew up peacocks were roaming in the grounds. I love the idea of rebirth and spirituality! This will be my next tattoo for sure!

  • Have always loves peacock feathers even have them in my house! I did not know any of the meanings but believe in all of them.
    I guess i believed it would stand for being * Strong *Independant *Grounded *Open minded *Peaceful *Beauty *Unique

  • hi,

    im from India and have been wanting to get a tattoo for a long time. I am a dancer and Peacock is said to dance when its about to rain and our god, krishna( god if love) wears a feather on his hair. ive gotten back to dancing again after a few years after oregnancy, surgery, lossing weight etc, so its definitely a rebirth for me. this will be my first. i want to know which place in my body is best and will not hurt and how long it tales to heal and how to care fir it.

  • I am currently searching for a peacock feather tattoo – for me it is a sign of resurrecting myself into the person i was always meant to be after a very difficult turn of events in my life and loving who i am today and for protection to never stray away from the beauty of my true self.

  • I was just looking up stuff about symbolism..for a couple of things, and the peacock feather tattoo was one of high interest, your article was pretty cool to read, every explanation you gave seemed legit. To me, it just symbolizes a pure heart, one who can see the world in a different light than others, but who is also not immune to becoming corrupt.

  • I am going to have one because the peacockfeather is the symbol of the godess who protect children born in june, she is also de godess of birth. I’m going to put a peacockfeather in combination with my dauthers name sinds she was birn in june

  • I like reading most articles on your website. This one caught my eye as I have a peacock feather tattoo on my leg and i’m loving it ever since I got it done.

    Keep up the great work guys!

  • I have been planning to get a peacock feather tattoo for a while. I had always admired the bird for their grace, beauty, pride, and confidence- traits that I always wished I had. In the past few years I have been through a lot, and have grown up a lot. I’m proud to say that I have actually grown into a woman I would have envied just a few short years ago. My tattoo, however, will be small and modest, and in white ink. I’ve decided to do it this way because, while the peacock is known for its physical beauty, I’ve come to realize that beauty isn’t always flashy and obvious. And pride and confidence is something we have to create for ourselves, it’s not something that other people can give us. This tattoo is for me, to show how proud I am of myself for becoming who I am.

  • I enjoyed your article. I had decided to use peacock feathers in my wedding because of some of the symbolism that you previously mentioned and then decided to do some more research because I am wanting to get a matching tattoo before out big day.

  • I am getting peacock feather tattoo on my scapla around my side. I love your meaning. I am having it for me and in memory of my mother.because she was kind to all honest, and allways beleived i could do anything i wanted. I am trying to carry on her perspective.

  • acoording to me peacock feather tatoo means colourful,imagination and thought beyond sky :)))

  • Love your text . I would like to add that in Europe in some countries is believed that peacock feather kept in home brings poornes and bad luck so might be a problem to meet somebody with such tattoo in Poland , Czech or Slovakia.

  • I’ve been wanting a peacock feather for a while now because it was pretty. I’ve waited until I knew just what I wanted so I didn’t to put another tattoo on my body that doesn’t mean anything to me. I’ve done my research and I’ll be getting a peacock feather as a coverup to symbolize change. I’ve started my weight lose journey at 235lbs Im on track to lose 75lbs. I’ve always been told I’m very beautiful but could lose some weight. I can’t wait to get my tattoo.

    • I’ve always loved peacock feathers. Collected them from my neighbors yard when the peacocks would molt and everything. I’ve always said I wouldn’t get a tattoo just to get one. If I ever did it it would MEAN something. This past year and a half I’ve been really attracted to them again and even asked a friend to design me a tattoo for one last night. Today I decided to see what the peacock feather represented. The one that really hit home with me was RENEWAL. This past year I’ve been losing weight becoming a new me. More confident, etc. I think I’m really going to do this. I am going to get it on my foot tho so since it’s kinda a private thing and it’s in a place that won’t look totally terrible when I’m old. Lol

  • I’m getting a peacock feather tattoo today! I’m getting a tribal arrow and as the feather at the end I’m getting a peacock feather :) Both parts of this tattoo mean a lot to me as its for my grandparents. I love the what the feather symbolises as I’ve gone through a really rough few years and I’ve come out of it to me it symbolises a new start, confidence, grace, peace, faith and I’m also a dancer, so the feather is a symbolisation of that part of me.

    The reason I picked an arrow is because my grandad always used to tell me when I was going through a rough patch growing up that an arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards, so when life is dragging you down, don’t fret, because it will launch into something great. He died a few years ago and him and my Nan pretty much raised me, so this tattoo for them really is important to me.

    The peacock feather part of it is for my Nan. She is a huge influence to me and she had a heart attack a year and a half ago and a stroke about 5 months ago. She was in hospital for 3 months recovering and since her first heart attack and an onset of mild dementia she hasn’t been herself since. The last time I really remember her being herself and truly happy and ‘all there’ is at my Uncle’s wedding not long before my Grandad fell ill. The thing I remember most was what she a wearing, she was always a fan of vibrant colours and she wore a bright blue suit and a gold blouse, she’d also bought a blue silk scarf with peacock feathers on it. I absolutely adored it and she wore it every time I saw her afterwards, because she knew it was my favourite thing of hers.

  • I have recently got a peacock feather tattooed on my back…it’s black n white… I got it done due to my faith in lord Krishna who also wears a peacock feather…n it has come out beautiful…though its black n white…it projects same beauty n confidence as a coloured would have…an having a great tattoo artist made it even better than it was sketched.

  • I am getting my peacock tattoo for my grandma who passed recently…peacock is our family name. So hopefully it will mean that I always have her watching over me

  • i could always relate myself to peacock feathers… the personality of me reflects… i have a peacock feather tattoo in my right ankle… it was worth it…:)

  • Reading this really helped me! I was planning on getting a peacock feather tattoo tomorrow and it’s my first tattoo every. I was going to have the end of the feather shaped like the ink well pen tips and it’s going to be writing a latin word (don’t worry I take latin so I definitely know I am not putting the wrong word on my back) adsum. Adsum means “I am here” or “I am present” I’m so excited! I have always had a connection to the peacock and peacock feathers and I can’t wait to always have one with me protecting me throughout my life.

  • I got my peacock feather as a symbol of renewal or rebirth of the person I am now after going through change and over coming parts of my past. I also love they stand for protection and an open mind. Plus there beautiful! I plan to add to my one feather with a few more! :)

  • HI I have a very large peacock going from the middle top of my back around my body curving my hip and down onto my thigh finishing just above the knee..Its a full colour piece and I will say rather magnificent..For me the meaning is that I am very proud of my life so far, its my symbol for re birth..

  • I am gettin a peacock feather on my left wrist. I’ve wanted it for a long time but I had no reason to get it done. I’ve recently quit Self Harming and I couldn’t be more happier. The scars on the other hand, are pulling me down. Going through my ideas I remembered the peacock feather. I love it so much. I can’t wait to get it, get these scars off my wrist. Love your page.

  • My Grammas last name is Peacock, getting a few feathers & her initials to commemorate my hero/savior, that’s all

  • Peacock feathers mean alot to me! My passion is painting them in different colors and styles . Im thinking of getting one tattooed on me as a symbol of strength, beauty and compassion for life. My creativity lays within the normal colors of the feather itself. Im really excited & glad I got the know the background of the Peacock feather ahead of time.

  • Hello Jessica, you are awesome and I adore you for the time taken to bring this workings from around the world. Do you think peacock feather can be tattooed by only girls or it also suits guys coz Peacock itself is a name given male bird. Your answer helps me get a peacock feather tattooed or not to. Please help.

  • I just got my own peacock feather tattoo. For me it means “Everything has a beauty” and it shows the inner beauty of people wearing it.