100+ VIKING TATTOOS FOR YOUR LOVER
Vikings are some of the coolest and most interesting in history, still influencing culture today. Norse legends encouraged the construction of the great hero Thor and his evil brother, Loki. Viking culture itself has promoted film and television through dramas like Vikings and films like Pathfinder.
WHO WERE THE VIKING?
They were present from about the eighth to the 11th century. These Scandinavian Norsemen were known as Vikings, not because of their culture or ethnicity, but because of the attacks they inflicted across Europe. The word “viking” comes from Old Norse, meaning “pirate raid.”
ARE WEEKS VEGETABLE?
While there is no 100% evidence that the viking is wearing tattoos, it is believed that some may have had it. According to the 10th-century traveler Ahmad ibn Fadlan:
Each man has an ax, a sword, and a knife, and he keeps each one of you at all times. Swords are broad and have fringes, of the Frank type. Everyone has their nails painted from the toes to the neck with green (or green or blue) trees, figures, etc.
Many Norse people find ink to show their pride in their Viking roots, while others simply find that they are fascinated by an ancient culture steeped in mystery.
VIKING TATTOOS FOR YOUR LOVER
The mystery of the Vikings’ culture and beliefs still holds true today. The level of interest can be seen in the many beautiful Viking bones. Here are some of our favorites:
If you want an amazing tattoo like the one seen above in the head of tattoo artist Sean Parry, then move on to Meatshop Tattoo of Denmark. This part of Parry’s head was inked by Peter Blackhand Madsen.
Fascinating fact: While the Viking tattoo above is amazing, the typical image we have of a bearded Viking who offers a horned helmet is just a sham. The Viking with a horned helmet has never been shown to this Viking, and the only certified Viking helmet (found in a burial coffin near Gjermundbu, Norway) had no horns.
VIKING SYMBOL TATTOOS
Not all Vikings tattoos simply feature bearded men with beards wearing hats with axes. For those who want to get deeper into the Viking line, they incorporate Viking symbols into the art that gets ink on their body.
For example, a tattoo of the lower sleeves puts a Helm of Awe (left) on the boy’s shoulder. It was seen as a symbol of protection and power. (In Icelandic, the symbol is called Aegishjalmur).
Norse poetry included the following:
The Fear Helm
I wore it in front of the sons of men
In protecting my wealth;
In the midst of it all I have become strong,
I thought to myself,
Because I did not have the strength to be like myself.
Surrounding the Helm of Awe are symbols of various objects, including the M-shaped symbol of the horse and the R-mark next to it “riding.”
A sign that looks the same in Icelandic is Vegvisir, which means “sign symbol.” It is designed to direct people to bad weather.
The representation of the three interlocking triangles is not fully understood, but there are theories. Rudolf Simek, an Austrian scholar, believes that it may have been used in religious ceremonies related to death. While Hilda Roderick Ellis Davidson of England describes the archeology and learns that it is connected to the god Odin and “binds the mind,” meaning that he can make people powerless in battle, or “be able to release tensions and fears with his gifts of madness, drunkenness, and enthusiasm.”
Ouroboros, a mythical snake, originated in ancient Greece, but in Norse mythology it is the snake Jormungandr, one of Loki and Angrboda’s three children.
WING OF THE HORNS
Carlos Rubio wrote Valkyrie (above right). In Norse mythology, Valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja, meaning “who chooses the slain”), was a woman who decided who died in battle and who would live.
Women were Viking heroes. The woman who chose to fight as a warrior was called a shieldmaiden.
The tattoo above is based on Australian actor Travis Fimmel playing the role of Ragnar from the Vikings, a popular TV series on the History Channel. He was a historical figure. Ragnar Lodbrok was a prominent Viking ruler from the ninth century.