Clown Tattoos & Clown Tattoo Designs
Clown tattoos can be perceived as a form of mockery. These comic characters with their makeup and buffoonery can symbolize a person who mocks a way too serious world he/she lives in.
Like Joker (played perfectly by the Late Heath Ledger) would sarcastically say “Why so serious?”, a clown on a similar tattoo would also make a statement to all his viewers.
A clown with a smile and perhaps a tear on his face would represent a human being capable of laughter and love but also one capable of making mistakes.
Making mistakes and learning from them is a part of human life. Both happy times and sad times have built up our personality and made us who we are. Clown tattoo designs shouldn’t be looked at as just funny or scary pictures. On the contrary, they should be perceived as deeper and hidden human emotions.
Here are some of the clown tattoo designs that are usually used: Evil, Scary, Insane, Happy face, Crazy, Joker, Skull, Killer, Gangster, Flame hair, Sad clowns with tear/s, Mask, Mad, Wicked, Psycho, Jester, Grim reaper, Baby, Money, etc.
When it comes to the history, we can find clowns in many ancient civilizations and societies. These clown ancestors were playing an important role in societies as they were entertaining the ones in power. For example, most of the high ancient courts had a Jester. His role was to bring the laughter to the court and entertain. As Jester’s of the kings, these clowns often were mocking authority and overall establishment.
A clown was also a trickster, an illusionist, one that had the ability to change his face and performance at his wish. With so much of background, it is no wonder that the various clown tattoo designs became so popular. The world’s most powerful person is the one who can easily give away his power, and that’s who clowns are.
Tattooing as a form of art, has no limits and is just as creative as any other form of art. The difference between a tattoo and, for example, painting on canvas, is that a tattoo stays with you always and that it becomes a part of your body and mind. Therefore, a tattoo design needs to be carefully thought through and designed to match your desire.
There are many repeatable tattoo patterns and design themes we could see on many people. Tribal designs, animals, religious motifs, eastern and other symbols, flowers, stars, flames, etc.
Clown tattoos are also quite common designs in the tattoo art. Clowns are portrayed as happy or funny and they are also portrayed as evil, sad, scary or crazy. In the tattoo art we will mostly notice that clowns are evil and scary which is in total contrast to the friendly and happy archetype of a clown we are used to.
With the popularity of the DC comics’ “Batman” and its movie serials, Joker as a negative character gained a great deal of popularity as well and nowadays we can notice more and more people with a “Joker” tattoo. Joker is portrayed as an evil and crazy clown, a gangster and a killer. Clown tattoos similar to Joker have much to reveal when it comes to a person with such a tattoo.
The main symbolism of “evil” clowns is a hidden face of anger and pain, duality, a man that tends to hide his true emotions while in the contrary a positive clown will represent laughter and happiness. The laughter has always been the true language of one’s spirit and it is said that laughter and happiness can heal anything. A happy clown represents the power of these aspects and a person who is high on spirit.