Parrot Tattoos Anoka MN
Saint Cloud, MN
Parrot Tattoos - "Polly wants a cracker." The phrase is synonymous with 'parrot', particularly one that sits on a pirate's shoulder, as was made famous in Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story, Treasure Island (1883). Long John Silver, the one-legged pirate, had his parrot, 'Capt. Flint', who may not have been the first parrot to be associated with the name 'Polly', but he certainly popularized it. And Polly certainly ensured that the parrot would become an iconic symbol of the pirate tradition.
As a legendary companion to man, the parrot suggests a kind of guardian. Their ability to 'parrot' speech makes them a symbol of communication. As a totem, they lend us psychic support to fly, look beautiful, and be a maestro of non-malicious mockery. Parrots are also said to symbolize courtship. The Hindu god of love, Kama, took a parrot as his symbol. The Hopi people of the American Southwest embrace a 'parrot clan' who saw the parrot as a symbol of the South, and of abundance.
Parrots are wide-spread in sub-tropical and tropical environments (helping to explain their exotic appeal), and are found in North and South America, Africa, Australia and across Asia. There are 372 species of parrots, ranging in size from a few inches to three feet in length. Along with jays, crows and magpies, parrots are among the most intelligent of all birds. African grey parrots have been used extensively to study the possibilities of inter-species communication. Perhaps the most famous parrot in modern history was an African Grey named, "Alex" who could count and had math skills that were considered highly advanced in animal intelligence and had a vocabulary of over one hundred 'vocal labels'.
Loud, brightly coloured, and defiant, the parrot doesn't do much more than shriek, squawk, and look fantastic. Or so we think. In the wild, flocks of parrots may have highly developed social structures. In art, the parrot has long been employed to light up otherwise drab landscapes. Without much effort on its part, the parrot strikes us as exotic, intelligent, regal, oracular, stubborn and profane. And they make striking tattoo designs. Some of the more popular species featured in parrot tattoos have been the vividly colored Macaws, the spectacularly crested Cockatoos and Cockatiels, Parakeets, Lovebirds, Canaries and Budgies.
Since parrots utter only words they've heard, and repeat them without any understanding, the parrot's intelligence is seen as 'uncertain', a trait that would be present in any parrot symbol. Consequently, a 'parrot' has come to mean a person who imitates words and actions without comprehending them. Another kind of 'parrot' is a gossip, a hapless spreader of rumours. That's not to say Parrot People don't benefit from this neurosis, since they are able to ignore their own problems by focusing on the lives of other people. Furthermore, all language (some would say, all thought) is second-hand, which, if true, wo...