I've heard that the owl when heard hooting in your backyard means there will be a death in the family. I have heard 2 owls hoot in my backyard and I've had 2 people die shortly after I heard it. I think it's a Native American thing. I am from US and partly Native. So I have heard it mean death as well.
Any halfways competent tattoo artist will be able to do a cute little owl like this. All I did was re-draw a photo that a client brought me. Do some google searching for cute owls you like, take those photos to a tattoo artist whose work you like, and ask them to draw you a cute little owl. Tiny little tattoo like this won't even cost you all that much- unless the artist you go to is price-gouging, haha.
Hmmm...I'd actually heard that the other way around. Something about it being somewhat unnatural that they fly around at night. I'd actually heard what you said applied to Crows/Ravens. (With the Crow being somewhat equivalent to Loki of Norse myth) Shrug, I suppose it really depends from tribe to tribe. Lakota hold the wolf in pretty high regard while Navajo saw them as evil familiars (ala black cats)
Owl is also a "mascot" of the greek goddess Athena, who is the goddess of wisdom, skill, colleges etc. I doubt that it is only the north americans who are alone in thinking they mean something other than death....