The phoenix tattoo designs represent grace and virtue. This design is only second to the dragon in terms of meaning. It denotes the union between yang and yin. The phoenix was a gentle creature associated with empress who wore its symbol. In most cases, the Japanese intertwine the phoenix with the dragon to depict yang and yin, the best way of combining feminine and masculine features. Naturally, the phoenix is supposed to depict rebirth, immortality, resurrection & victory over trials.