The Thunderbird tattoo design represents the mighty eagle in full flight. The Thunderbird is essentially a mythical creature. According to the Lakota people, the Thunderbird has the ability to create thunder by fluttering its huge wings and can control or influence other events such as rain and clouds.
The Thunderbird tattoo design can be representative of one or more of the following: power, dominance, never-say-die spirit, courage, prosperity, strength, authority, honor, transformation and victory. Thunderbird tattoos are basically tribal designs. Most of these tattoos are done in vibrant colors, but the Thunderbird tattoos can also be only black and white.