Phoenix Rising

Irezumi is the art of Japanese decorative tattoo. One of the more popular motifs is the phoenix, a mythological bird made up of different animals. It has the head of the pheasant, comb of the rooster, beak of the swallow, neck of the turtle with its colorful phalanges, and the tail feathers of the peacock. Its colors allude to the virtues of humanity, decency, wisdom, faithfulness and gentleness. It is considered a bird of good luck and longevity, and symbolizes imperial power.