As hunters of the night, owls are an iconic nocturnal animal and have a vast array of symbolism associated with them. Many today see owls as a symbol of wisdom and intellect, and people often choose owl tattoos in light of this. Interestingly owls have another, darker, symbolism that dates back centuries to a number of different cultures. The Algonquin Indians of North America, Peruvian Chimu in South America and ancient Egyptians saw the owl as a messenger of death and conductor of souls. Such symbolism is likely to be the inspiration for owl skull tattoos!