The Sankofa tattoo is a highly intricate symbol full of meaning and tradition. This African design shows a bird arching its head backwards and retrieving an egg. There also seems to be an eye in the tail feathers and the general shape of a heart. Traditionally, this tattoo symbolizes taking from the past or going back to where you came from. Its driven in roots and tradition. Celebrities with a Sankofa Tattoo: Jessica Stroup and Janet Jackson.