Viking Tattoos & Viking Tattoo Designs

Vikings have always been very popular because of their artwork and reputation for being tough explorers of seas. Though they left few written records, it is their art that tells us about their culture and the way that they lived. Viking tattoos are still very prominent today.

Vikings were Scandinavian (Norse) jacks of trades, working as warriors, explorers, merchants and pirates. They raided and colonized a number of places in Europe from the 8th to the 11th century.  The Viking Age was a major part of the medieval history of Scandinavia, the British Isles and the whole of Europe.

The Vikings had a number of different symbols but because of their lack of written documents the meanings behind many of these symbols are lost, but that doesn’t detract from their popularity. These symbols include intricate knot works, swastikas and triskeles.

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Today many Viking tattoo designs range from representations of the warriors themselves, to representations of the Norse God Odin. These tattoos are meant to represent a warrior’s strength and dedication, as during the height of their power Vikings were both feared and revered.

Many Viking tattoo designs today hold negative connotations because they were chosen by white supremacists to represent their cause. This is due to the conquering nature of the Vikings, and the fact that white supremacist groups in Europe could trace some of their history back to these people. In Viking culture there was nothing hateful about the swastika or any of their symbols, many of them were simply representations of their God Odin.

A popular Norse symbol representing Viking strength and power was the three interconnected triangles. While there are a number of interpretations of this symbol there is little doubt as to its strong importance to the Vikings.

If you choose a Viking tattoo it is important to note that it can be misconstrued because of their use by certain groups of people, you should not let that deter you from choosing a Viking tattoo to represent your culture or to represent your respect for the strength and power they once held.

Viking tattoos come in a variety of different shapes and styles. They can be done in both a literal and a figurative sense, choosing to represent the Viking culture by using their own symbols or turning the image of a Viking into a tattoo. There is different reasoning behind both choices.

The benefit of choosing to place just a Viking symbol as a tattoo is that they are normally simple and bold designs. This means that they can be done relatively small and therefore placed nearly anywhere on the body. Viking symbols are nearly always done in solid black. The negative effect of choosing the symbol is that this are sometimes misunderstood to be racist because many white supremacist groups have adopted Viking symbols to their cause, even though historically these symbols had no relation to white supremacy.

Doing a large design of a Viking warrior has the benefit of being a beautiful and intricate design that will certainly attract attention and will most likely not be confused with any negative connotations. The negative side is that they require much more space and time than a simple symbol. For this reason they are commonly done on the arm, back or chest.

Perhaps the most well known Norse tattoo on a celebrity is that of Björk. She has a Norse magic symbol called Vegvisir on her arm. The symbol is often associated with the Viking Age and is seen as being a runic compass.

Viking tattoos and symbols are very popular among Scandinavian cultures and have just recently gained respect and popularity in the West.

A popular Norse symbol representing Viking strength and power was the three interconnected triangles. While there are a number of interpretations of this symbol there is little doubt as to its strong importance to the Vikings.

If you choose a Viking tattoo it is important to note that it can be misconstrued because of their use by certain groups of people, you should not let that deter you from choosing a Viking tattoo to represent your culture or to represent your respect for the strength and power they once held.

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