The nations who inhabited Northern Europe marked their bodies with symbols, thus emphasizing the different qualities of the soldiers (strength, dexterity, courage). These people traveled a lot, establishing trade relations with other countries. Therefore, it is not surprising that one of the most popular topics of Viking tattoos are ships: the Normans remembered in history by their courage and hawkism. They reached the shores of Iceland, Greenland and North America overcoming the oceans and seas.
The Vikings had a very rich mythology and culture, which recently enjoys increasing popularity among fans of body painting. Perhaps, this is the main reason that the pictures on the body with the image of the Norman symbols are made in almost every professional tattoo parlor.
It is difficult to accurately convey the meaning of the drawings that the northerners portrayed on their bodies. However, the common meaning of Viking tattoos can still be determined: these tattoos emphasize such human qualities as courage, bravery, valour, etc.
Among the most popular plots are:
Viking tattoos often contain geometric figures and symbols. The most common of these are swastikas, crosses, triangles, tridents, and various ornaments, through which the drawings acquire integrity and completeness.
One of the most common variants of a modern tattoo with Scandinavian themes is a portrait of a Viking on the shoulder. Typically, a warrior is depicted with a weapon (sword, ax), sometimes — in armor or a helmet on his head. The picture can be supplemented with a swastika, a contour pattern, etc.
Images of ships are also widely used. Such drawings are most often applied to the stomach, back or hand. But there are also options in which the tattoo harmoniously flows from one part of the body to another.
Such tattoos can be supplemented with images of birds, sea waves etc. There may be elements of red, blue and other colors to create a stronger artistic effect in the drawing. For example, the blue sky and waves, and the traditional red and white flag of the Scandinavians.
Another option is a tattoo depicting all kinds of monsters known from the mythology of northern peoples. Such a picture is in some ways allegorical, it seems to reflect the power of the Vikings. In addition, some archaeological excavations allow us to conclude that the Normans decorated the flags of their ships with monster pictures, so, in the context of the plot with the ship, the image of the beast will also be appropriate.
And these are only some of the possible variants of the symbolism of the warlike Scandinavians! It’s time to look at a few examples.
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