Since Greek myths go into the schedule of most Language Arts classes in the United States, you probably already know a lot about ancient Greece. All things considered, imagery from Greek culture makes for some truly wonderful tattoo artwork. Let’s delve further into the world of Greek tattoos: from god and goddess worship to modern sorority and frat tattoos!
Greek Mythology Tattoos
Though few practice traditions of Greek ‘myths,’ the figures from the timeless stories left a mark on many people. Many who read them during school remember the myths for ages. Zeus, king of the gods, and his wife Hera both work well in tattoo designs. These two imposing gods intrigue with their layered personalities and unique stories.
Other major players in the Greek mythology game who are regularly seen in tattoos include Aphrodite, the goddess of love and lust; Poseidon, god of the seas; Ares, god of war; Persephone, goddess of the underworld; and Medusa, the serpent-haired villain. All of these individuals possess compelling stories attached to them that people simply love to include in their inked art.
It seems that many people who choose to get a Greek god or goddess tattoo often want these pieces to be large and easily viewed by others. This type of Greek tattoo is often displayed on arms, chests, and backs—all of which make fair to large-sized canvas areas for tattoo artists.
Both men and women pick Greek mythology tattoos. It’s likely that this design is so prevalent since, as aforementioned, most (if not all) Americans are exposed to this genre both in the realm of academia and in pop culture. Films such as 300, Troy, and even the Cohen brothers’ Oh Brother, Where Are Thou? all stem from Greek mythology. The inundation of Greek mythology in American ethos insures that the tattoo world will feel effects in kind.
Americans love astrology. Some people won’t start their day without reading their daily horoscope and will even go so far as to avoid certain places, people, or activities if their horoscope dictates they should do so. Astrological signs and their corresponding constellations all have roots in Greek mythology. Tattoos of actual constellations or the Greek symbols for astrological signs are both extremely widespread among both male and female tattoo enthusiasts. Learning the actual mythology behind each of the signs is an intelligent and unique way to create a Greek-based tattoo, as well. What better way to help the public remember your birthday than to have your sign or constellation tattooed on forever?
Greek Alphabet, Words and Symbols
People who have Greek heritage are wont to get tattoos symbolizing pride for their culture. Some tattoo wearers might get a word inked on them in Greek; popular choices for Greek word tattoos are “Agape,” which loosely translates to the concept of “love” and Biblical verses written in Greek.
The use of the Greek alphabet in conjunction with fraternities and sororities dates back to the late 1700s. As each Greek letter has a representative meaning attached to it, such organizations combine the letters to create something of a supposed mantra for their members to follow and comply with. People who get Greek alphabet tattoos do so to show membership in a particular group of like-minded or like-interested people.
In the event that you need more ancient wisdom, check out Roman Numeral Tattoos! For more modern wisdom, read our Tattoo Quotes feature. Greek tattoos run rampant—and they show no sign of stopping, despite their age. As long as America continues its fascination with Greek history and society, Greek tattoos remain a wonderful source of art!