In Greek mythology, is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with thesun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The phoenix was subsequently adopted as a symbol in Early Christianity.
I think if I ever do a leg tattoo, it might as well take up my whole leg. It has quite an impact. And for those who use the argument that it'll look like shit in 50 years...well, so will you, and so will I.