‘The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,’ as the Wrenboys sing each Stephen’s Day – recalling the triumph of the plucky little wren who nestled in the feathers of the mighty eagle to beat him in a competition to fly the highest and seize the title of ‘King of the Birds.’
Clever little fellow. Oh very smart. Oh yes, fair play to him.Oh he was thinking now. Oh he’s very cute. Oh that smart little wren – the lil’ cheater. Cheating bollix. Sit back and let the eagle do all the work, and at the last second when ‘Boxer’ the eagle is dead tired and done in, pipe up, claim the crown and secure the monarchical position for you and yours. Sound like another social contract that doesn’t work for the everyday person.
Anyways, Marxist readings of old Irish folktales aside, let’s talk eagles. Before gun toting, big mac slurping, eating pizza with a knife and fork – [Editor’s note: Not all these stereotypes are quite right] – Murica invades your thoughts for oil, remember that we have eagles in Ireland too. Booted Eagles, Golden Eagles and White-Tailed Eagles soaring over the western coast of Ireland. Even the odd Bald Eagle knocking about looking for laser-hair therapy.
The eagle is a symbolic bird in cultures across the globe, representing for many ideals of honesty, truth, majesty, strength, courage, wisdom, power and freedom. For those who value one, or all of these values, an eagle tattoo represents an opportunity to wear your values on your sleeve. [Editor’s note: Clever tattoo pun, well done.]
Whether you opt for a photorealistic eagle in colour or just black, or even a neo traditional style, the eagle is a solid choice that shines in a myriad of styles.
If you want, you can get a wren too, but….yeah. Eagles.