Feather tattoos are popular body art designs that symbolize different meanings depending on the type of feather, its positioning, and its colors. Generally feathers are seen to represent freedom, courage, and a connection to spirit. Birds are associated with flight and elevation and they can be seen to represent a spiritual journey or an ascending into higher consciousness. Single feathers can also be viewed as a sign of protection, while multiple feathers together often represent friendship and unity. Some cultures, such as Native American, use feathers to symbolize messages from the spirit world, while in Chinese culture the feather is a reminder of courage, justice, and truth. Each feather tattoo is often seen to have its own unique meaning based on where it is placed and in which direction it is pointing.