According to VanishingTattoo.com, the phoenix is a popular tattoo choice that symbolizes virtue, transformation and rebirth or new beginnings. The phoenix is a Greek mythological bird connected to fire. It represents victory of life over death, immortality, a rebirth and starting a new life.
The phoenix in ancient Greek and medieval artwork is commonly shown as a nimbus, which is a halo-like physical feature that represents its connection with the sun. The oldest phoenix images recorded possess seven rays similar to Helios, the sun personified in Greek mythology. The phoenix is also commonly associated with royalty and the colors purple, gold and scarlet.