“Hope” is the Thing With Feathers – By Emily Dickinson
“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

Feather and Bird Silhouettes

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A black feather, pictured on the wearer’s right shoulder blade, is illustrated dematerializing into silhouettes of flying birds.

Forearm Feather Tattoo

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A predominantly black feather is illustrated on the wearer’s right forearm in this tattoo.

Watercolor Feather Tattoo

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A black feather is portrayed over a smear of blue, green, and yellow watercolors in this forearm tattoo.

Ankle Feather

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A small black and gray feather is illustrated on the wearer’s right ankle just behind the ankle bone.

Stylized Feather and Bird Silhouettes

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A feather covered in an ornate pattern is pictured next to three flying bird silhouettes in this black and gray tattoo.

Stylized Forearm Feather

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A black and gray feather covered in a pattern reminiscent of lace is portrayed on the wearer’s left forearm in this tattoo.

Feather and Bird Silhouettes

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An exceptionally dark feather is portrayed next to the silhouettes of a flock of flying birds in this black and gray torso tattoo.

Peacock Feather and Colorful Birds

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A full-color peacock feather, located on the left side of the wearer’s back, leads to a trio of purple and green birds in this tattoo.

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“Love” Feather

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A dematerializing feather is pictured above the word, “Love,” in this black wrist tattoo rendered on the wearer’s left arm.

Black and Gray Forearm Feather Tattoo

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A simple black and gray feather is brought to life by rich textures and depth in this forearm tattoo.

Infinity Sign “Love” Feather

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An infinity symbol features the word, “Love,” and a feather in this black and gray foot tattoo.

Dematerializing Feather Tattoo

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The silhouettes of a flock of birds is pictured next to a damaged feather in this tattoo featured on the wearer’s calf.

Foot Feather Tattoo

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A wispy black and gray feather is featured on the wearer’s right foot in this tattoo.

Colorful Feather and Black Bird Silhouettes

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Silhouettes of flying birds lead to a blue and purple feather with white highlights in this tattoo rendered on the wearer’s upper arm.

Colorful Foot Feather

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A feather predominantly colored with pastels including blue, purple, and pink is illustrated on the wearer’s left foot in this tattoo.

Peacock Feather Tattoo

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A wispy peacock feather is rendered on the wearer’s left shoulder blade in this tattoo.

Wispy Feather Tattoo

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A wispy black feather adorns the left side of the wearer’s torso in this tattoo.

Stylized Colorful Feather

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A feather is embellished with an ornate pattern and colored with pink, blue, and green pastels in this tattoo rendered on the wearer’s forearm.

Peacock Feather and…Rebar?

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A peacock feather is accompanied by what appears to be a broken piece of rebar attached to strings in this black tattoo.

Black and Gray Shin Feather Tattoo

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A simple black and gray feather adorns the wearer’s right shin in this tattoo.

Feather with Ornate Pattern

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A black feather, illustrated on the wearer’s forearm, is embellished with an elaborate pattern in this tattoo.

“Be Foolish” Feather

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A feather that is half black and gray and half color is accompanied by the quote, “Be foolish,” in this tattoo rendered on the wearer’s left wrist.

Broad Feather

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A broad black and gray feather, presumably from a large predatory bird like a hawk or falcon, is illustrated on the wearer’s right forearm.

“Be Forever Strong” Feather

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Four flying birds lead to a large feather accompanied by the quote, “Be forever strong,” adorn the right side of the wearer’s torso in this black and gray tattoo.

Foot Feather with Initials

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A black feather leads to a black line that swirls into what is presumably an illegible set of initials.

Black Forearm Feather Tattoo

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A large black feather accompanied by a trio of ink spots is rendered on the wearer’s right forearm in this tattoo.

Behind the Ear Feathers

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A pair of black and gray feathers shaded with clusters of dots are rendered behind the wearer’s left ear in this tattoo.

Black Feather Tattoo

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This tattoo, located on the left side of the wearer’s torso just behind the breast, features an excessively dark, black feather that is almost unrecognizable as a feather because of the lack of detail.

Dematerializing Blue Feather

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If you can distract yourself from the unnerving smile of the onlooker in the background you’ll notice the dematerializing blue feather leading to the silhouettes of flying birds on the wearer’s left shoulder blade.

Behind the Ear Feathers 

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A pair of black and gray feathers adorned with yellow beads are illustrated behind the wearer’s right ear in this tattoo.

Feather Anklet Tattoo

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A dark black feather anklet is rendered on the wearer’s left ankle in this tattoo.

Detailed Peacock Feather Tattoo

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A beautifully detailed peacock feather is rendered on the wearer’s left thigh in this partially colored tattoo.

Dematerializing Black Feather

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This tattoo, portrayed on the wearer’s right foot, features a black feather dematerializing into the silhouettes flying birds.

Black and Gray Forearm Feather

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A black and gray feather with white highlights is featured on the wearer’s right forearm in this tattoo.

Peacock Feather on Foot

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A simplified depiction of a blue and purple peacock feather is rendered on the wearer’s left foot in this tattoo.

Black and Gray Forearm Feather

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A remarkably well done black and gray feather adorns the wearer’s left forearm in this tattoo.

Dematerializing Feather on Shoulder

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This tattoo, illustrated on the wearer’s right shoulder blade, features an awkwardly illustrated feather dematerializing into nearly amorphous silhouettes of flying birds.

Colorful Thigh Feather

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This tattoo, pictured on the wearer’s right thigh, portrays a multicolored feather above an ornately patterned moth.

Simplified Peacock Feather

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A simplified rendering of a peacock feather is portrayed on the wearer’s right leg in a green and orange palette in this tattoo.

Peacock Feather on Shoulder

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An elaborate peacock feather with a blue and red centerpiece is featured on the wearer’s left shoulder in this tattoo.

Black and Gray Thumb Feather

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Well distributed shading breathes life into this black and gray feather tattoo rendered above the wearer’s right thumb.

Small Wrist Feather

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A small black and gray feather is portrayed on the wearer’s right wrist in this tattoo.

Dematerializing Torso Feather

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Once again, we see a black feather dematerializing into silhouettes of flying birds. This time we see the tattoo rendered on the left side of the wearer’s torso.

Black and Gray Feathers and Bird Silhouettes

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This tattoo, featured on the left side of the wearer’s torso in a lightly shaded black and gray style, portrays a flock of flying birds leading to four falling feathers.

Black and Gray Torso Feather

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A simple black and gray feather is rendered on the left side of the wearer’s torso in this tattoo.

Dematerializing Black Feather on Wrist

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This tattoo, portraying the obviously popular subject we’ve seen multiple times throughout this article, features a black feather dematerializing into silhouettes of flying birds.

Feather Anklet

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A feather anklet is portrayed on the wearer’s right ankle in this black and gray tattoo.

Dematerializing Feather on Shoulder

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Another example of the dematerializing feather subject; this tattoo is rendered in black ink on the wearer’s right shoulder blade.

Stylized Feather under Collarbone

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A stylized portrayal of a multicolored peacock feather is portrayed near the wearer’s right collarbone in this tattoo.

Feather and Arrow

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A blue, black, and gray feather is accompanied by an arrow in this tattoo set portrayed on the wearer’s forearms.

Dreamcatcher with Blue Beads

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A black and gray dreamcatcher adorned with feathers and blue beads is featured on the wearer’s left thigh in this large tattoo.

Stylized Dreamcatcher 

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Traditional coloring and styling heavily influenced this piece portraying a dreamcatcher adorned with feathers on the wearer’s right forearm.

Feather and Ship

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A simple black and gray broad feather is portrayed on the wearer’s right forearm in this tattoo.

Middle of the Back Dreamcatcher

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A black and gray dreamcatcher, rendered in the center of the wearer’s back, features a feather dematerializing into flying bird silhouettes in this tattoo.

Pastel Colored Feather Tattoo

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A pastel colored feather featuring white, pink, and blue ink is portrayed on the wearer’s right hip in this tattoo.

Behind the Ear Feather

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A wispy black feather is rendered behind the wearer’s left ear in this tattoo.

Blue and Red Feather

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A blue and red feather surrounded by a rope is portrayed on the wearer’s right hand in this tattoo.

Arrow and Feather Tattoo

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A black and gray feather is accompanied by a pair of molars in this tattoo rendered on the wearer’s left forearm.

Forearm Feather

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Another example of a wispy feather is seen in this black and gray tattoo located on the wearer’s left forearm.

Feather and Flowers

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A blue feather adorned with a ribbon is surrounded by multiple flowers in this tattoo featured on the wearer’s upper left arm.

Dematerializing Black Feather

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Another example of a dematerializing feather and bird silhouettes is seen in this black tattoo.

Feather and Anchor

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A feather wraps around an anchor in this black and gray tattoo located on the wearer’s left forearm.

Tribal-Style Feather

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Tribal styling is utilized in this tattoo portraying a black feather on the back of the wearer’s left forearm.

Torso Feather Tattoo

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A curved black and gray feather is featured on the left side of the wearer’s torso in this tattoo.

Dematerializing Shoulder Feather

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Another example of the dematerializing feather and bird silhouettes is portrayed on the wearer’s right shoulder.

Peacock Feathers and Flowers

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This elaborate scrolled tattoo, located in the center of the wearer’s back, features a pair of peacock feathers surrounded by flowers.

Dematerializing Feathers on Forearms

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This tattoo set features the popular subject of a dematerializing feather leading to bird silhouettes on the wearer’s arms.

Stylized Black Feather

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An ornately patterned black feather is portrayed on the wearer’s left forearm in this tattoo.

“Fight Until the End” Feather

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A simple, black feather is accompanied by the quote, “Fight until the end,” in this tattoo featured on the wearer’s left shoulder blade.

Stylized Black Feather

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Another example of a feather covered in an elaborate pattern is seen in this black tattoo located on the wearer’s upper right arm.

Multicolored Stylized Feather

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An ornately styled, multicolored feather is portrayed on the wearer’s right forearm in this tattoo.

Dematerializing Black Feather on Calf

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Another example of the dematerializing feather and bird silhouettes.

Trio of Black and Gray Feathers

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A trio of black and gray feathers are illustrated on the wearer’s upper right arm in this tattoo.

Dreamcatcher with Blue Feathers

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A trio of dreamcatchers are adorned with blue feathers in this tattoo rendered on the left side of the wearer’s torso.

Dematerializing Blue and Red Feather

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A blue and red feather is rendered on the wearer’s upper right arm in this tattoo.

Stylized Dreamcatcher

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A stylized dreamcatcher features a webbing reminiscent of an atom in this black and gray tattoo located on the wearer’s left wrist.

Feather with Blue and Red Paisley

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A black feather is adorned with red and blue paisleys in this tattoo featured on the wearer’s left thigh.

Fragmented Feather Tattoo

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A black and gray feather is fragmented into geometric shapes in this tattoo featured on the wearer’s right forearm.

Blue Feather

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Blue and black ink is used to compose this feather portrayed in the center of the wearer’s back just below the neck.

“Write Life” Infinity Symbol with Feather

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A blue feather comprises one side of an infinity symbol featuring the words, “Write,” and, “Life,” in this tattoo portrayed on the wearer’s right forearm.

Dreamcatcher Back Piece

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An elaborate dreamcatcher is featured on the wearer’s back in this black and gray tattoo.

Tiger Eyes Feather Tattoo

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A feather shaped vignette features the eyes of a tiger in this black and gray tattoo rendered on the wearer’s torso.

“Believe” Feathers

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A pair of feathers is accompanied by the word, “Believe,” in this black and gray tattoo rendered on the wearer’s left forearm.

Peacock Feathers and Roses

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Three peacock feathers are embellished with a pair of roses in this black and gray tattoo featured on the wearer’s upper left arm.

Simplified Behind the Ear Feather

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A wispy black feather is rendered behind the wearer’s right ear in this tattoo.

Stylized Blue and Pink Feather

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A stylized depiction of a feather utilizes blue and pink ink in this forearm tattoo.

Watercolor Feather

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A black feather is illustrated over a blue, pink, and purple watercolor smear in this forearm tattoo.

Arrow with Feather Fletching

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A black arrow, rendered on the wearer’s right forearm, features an oversized feather on the end in this tattoo.

Blocky Feather

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A fragmented feather is broken down into geometric shapes in this black and gray tattoo rendered on the wearer’s left forearm.

Stylized Neck Feather

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Tribal styling is used embellish this black feather portrayed on the back of the wearer’s neck in this tattoo.

Portrait of Boy Drawing with Giant Feather

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A portrait of a boy drawing with an oversized feather that dematerializes into butterflies is rendered in red and orange ink in this tattoo featured on the wearer’s right shoulder blade.

Peacock Feather on Calf

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A highly detailed peacock feather is portrayed on the wearer’s left leg using a diverse color palette in this feather tattoo.