Sunday, 25 August 2013

Germanic Pagan Tattoos

Source: darksuntattoo.deviantart.com

Oftentimes it seems that Germanic Paganism and tattoos go well together. Scholars tell us that the Germanic tribes of the east (eg, first the Goths, then the Rus - both peoples said to have originated in the general region of modern day Sweden) were partial to tattoos.* We know from the mummified remains of Indo-Europeans buried in Siberia in the 5th century BCE that ancient tattoos could be beautifully decorative and detailed.** Thus it is conceivable that some ancient and medieval Germanic Pagans (from the east at least?) looked a bit like this fellow in the picture on the right ->


It seems that these days most Germanic Pagan tattoos are either of Odin, Thor or Mjölnir. In my searches I came across very few tattoos of Germanic Goddesses or of any other Germanic Gods. Fittingly, animals in a Celtic-Viking design seem to be popular (though perhaps not always explicitly Pagan - unless they are ravens in pairs or Sleipnir), as are runic inscriptions and Yggdrasil, the world tree. Here follows the best of what I was able to find after countless hours of sifting through online images of Germanic Pagan tattoos.


Odin / Oden / Odino / Wodan / Woden / Wotan / Wodanaz 
Source: fenix42.deviantart.com
Source: skinandbone.dk
Source: lvmenes.blogspot.com
Source: tattoo-bewertung.de
Source: uptowntattoo.com
Source: tattoopins.com
Source: tattoopins.com/342/odin-for-tattoos
Source: romanpagan.blogspot.com (thanks to Scott)


Odinist Women / Valkyries / Valkyrier / Valkyrior / Walküren / Walkuren 
Source: flickr.com/photos/hognell
Source: gallery.freakportal.com
Source: cattattoo.com
Source: whipshader.com
Source: ottomade.com

Odin's Ravens / Huginn / Hugin / Muninn / Munin
Source: dailydoseoftattoos.com
Source: tattooconventionsnow.com
Source: tattoo-bewertung.de (note the triskele in the centre, associated
with Celtic Paganism, but also more broadly with Paganism in general)

Freyja / Freya / Freja / Frija
Source: tattoofairy.com
Freyr/ Ing / Yngvi
Source: pinterest.com/jefffishburn/boar/

Tyr / Tiwaz / Tiw
Source: meatshop-tattoo.deviantart.com

Thor / Tor / Thunor / Donar / Donner
Source: darksuntattoo.deviantart.com
Source: darksuntattoo.deviantart.com
Source: pinterest.com
Source: romanpagan.blogspot.com (thanks to Scott)
Source: artetattoo.com.br


Mjöllnir / Mjölner / Mjølner / Mjølne / Thor's Hammer / Tors Hammare
Source: skinandbonetattoo.blogspot.com
Source: skinandbonetattoo.blogspot.com
Source: tattoowise.com
Source: maizy138.deviantart.com
Source: psykopathm.deviantart.com
Source: profile.ultimate-guitar.com/Firenze
Source: webcontemporary.com
Source: romanpagan.blogspot.com (thanks to Scott)

Runic Inscriptions / Runes / Runor / Runealfabet / Runen
Source: loja.banner-link.com.br
Source: meatshop-tattoo.deviantart.com
Source: tattoodonkey.com
Source: norsemyth.org
Source: nirvanaoftime.deviantart.com
Source: tattoo-bewertung.de
Source: meatshop-tattoo.deviantart.com
Source: meatshop-tattoo.deviantart.com
Source: Valhalla's Glory


Yggdrasil / World Tree / Världsträdet / Weltenbaum
Source: arcanis-lupus.deviantart.com
Source: faraaer.ro
Source: flickr.com/photos/hognell

Irminsul
Source: checkoutmyink.com
Valknut
Source: 405th.com

Triple Horns
Source: tattoopins.com/859/horns-of-odin-tattoo

Icelandic Staves / Sigils / Aegishjalmur / Vegvisir / Helm of Awe
Source: tumblr.com/tagged/aegishjalmur
Source: tumblr.com/tagged/aegishjalmur
Source: tuttotattoo.com

vanishingtattoo.com & nordicway.com
** siberiantimes.com; see below for an example of one of these tattoos:
5th century BCE tattoo. Source: johnhawks.net

Written by M. Sentia Figula. Find me at neo polytheistRoman Pagan and on Facebook.

4 comments:

  1. Wow! Very informative. Thank you!

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  2. is there a Germanic pagan tattoo jesus on a crucifix

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  3. Jesus on a crucifix is a decidedly Christian image so I can't really see how that could be Pagan. That said, I am aware of some Pagans including crucifixes on their shrines and the like so I guess anything goes.

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