The phoenix is a mythological firebird present in the folklore of several cultures. When a phoenix’s life ends, it’s said to build a nest and then explode into flame, burning into ash. From that ash, a new phoenix is born, closely connecting the phoenix to the ideas of rebirth, renewal, and immortality. Artistic depictions (and, among them, tattoo designs) of phoenixes are so varied and so unique across cultures that they make a fascinating subject for tattoo artists to explore. Read more about Phoenix Tattoo Meanings.