Greek God Tattoo Ideas

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Greek God Tattoo Ideas
Tattoos of Greek Gods are popular for those interested in mythology. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Tattoos are a popular form of self-expression and body modification for people of all ages. Most people choose to get tattoos that represent something of interest to themselves. Tattoos of Greek Gods are a popular design for those with an interest in mythology, or for those wishing to represent the abilities and ideologies of a particular Greek deity.

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As ruler of the Gods in Greek mythology, Zeus is one of the gods most commonly seen on tattoos. A tattoo of Zeus can illustrate that a person craves power or respect, or merely that he has an interest in the god himself. One way to portray Zeus in a tattoo would be to show him peering out of the clouds, as if he's looking down on what's going on below him. A less casual but more unique way to depict the god would be to show him surrounded by lightning bolts.


Aphrodite is a popular tattoo choice among the goddesses. As the goddess of love, fertility and lust, some people choose to show off their sensual side with an Aphrodite tattoo. She is most commonly depicted as rising from the sea, much the way she was born, according to Greek legend. Tattoo enthusiasts wishing to try something a little different could choose to have her carrying Paris to safety the way she did in the myth.


According to the ancient Greeks, Athena was the goddess of wisdom and the arts, as well as the patron of the city of Athens. Because of her artistic nature, Athena is a popular tattoo design for those with a love of the theatre. Someone with an interest in philosophy may also choose to get a tattoo of Athena that represents her more enlightened side.


In addition to Athena, Dionysus is also a good tattoo choice for those with a love of theatre. More commonly known as Bacchus in both Greek and Roman mythology, Dionysus was more than just the god of wine and revelry. He was also the inspiration for modern theatre, as the first dramatic productions in ancient Greece were performed as a tribute to him. Those who choose him as a tattoo design may wish to have him depicted with a satyr, one of his loyal followers.


Poseidon was the god of the sea in Greek mythology. He is a popular tattoo design for swimmers, sailors and overall lovers of the sea. A popular way to depict Poseidon in a tattoo would be to show him mightily rising from the water holding his staff, as this is one of the most common images associated with him.

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