Toucans or ranfástidas, also known as diostedé, are imposing multi-colored birds that stand out for their song, plumage and, above all, for their particular beak. Coming from the jungles of South America, these birds arouse great fascination and are among the most representative in the world of tattooing.
The toucans reach up to 65 cm in length and their beak can measure up to 20 centimeters. Something that you may not know about these birds is that they do not present sexual dimorphism, that is, both the female and the male have the same appearance.
The meaning behind toucan tattoos
The image of the toucan generally has a well-known connotation: Tropical. These are the image of the jungle par excellence and represent the easiest way to pay tribute to nature and its grandeur, as well as to the jungles and forests of the tropics where they live.
However, in its sharing for centuries with the ancestors of the primitive tribes of America, this bird was given some spiritual connotations. Some tribes considered the toucan as a connection between heaven and earth and a kind of messenger between the living and the spirits. Others for their part consider it a totem of theater and communication, which is given by its colorful plumage and its particular song.
The best toucan tattoos
The toucan is then a kind of mystical animal that connects us with our roots and with our ancestors. Whoever wears a tattoo of this bird usually feels a special admiration for nature and its wonderful diversity, it is a tattoo that goes great with environmentalists, concerned about the environment. A toucan tattoo also represents a way of showing pride in the beauties of a rich continent with a diversity of species, Latin America.
As a totem, the toucan represents communicators, artists, actors and actresses, but it can also be used as a kind of spiritual protection amulet. Toucan tattoos in full color realism are common, usually represented within their jungle environment accompanied by leaves and some dew drops. However, toucans depicted in traditional style are also common. The place to wear one of these tattoos will depend on the importance that the bearer gives it, although visually they are impressive on the legs or on the upper part of the arm.