Scroll Tattoo Ideas

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Scroll Tattoo Ideas
Scroll tattoos can show a sleek mdoern scroll or an ancient, weathered parchment. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Tattoos give people a way to display their creativity and pay bodily homage to the places, people, ideas or things that are important to them. Whether you wish to pay tribute to a particular scroll, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, or if you just like the idea of using a scroll graphic, scroll tattoos can show graphics, symbols, words or pictures.

Scroll with Quote

Design a tattoo showing a scroll framing a quote that you find meaningful. The quote could be drawn from a religious text, such as the Koran, the Bible or the Upanishads, from a favourite novel or nonfiction book, from a poem, or from a person you admire. Arrange the quote to be tattooed in a font that fits the scroll style. For example, if you decide to go with a metallic, futuristic-looking scroll, a square-edged computer-style font would match. Alternately, for a parchment-style scroll, find a flowery Shakespearean cursive font.

Dead Sea Scrolls

Commission a tattoo that pays homage to the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in the mid-20th century in a cave near the Dead Sea. Since the bulk of the cache of ancient scrolls comprised fragments of scrolls, make your tattoo depict a scrap of goatskin scroll inscribed with Aramaic or Hebrew. Such a tattoo would be cryptic and suitable for someone who wants a small scroll tattoo. Alternately, if you prefer a large tattoo, design a scroll that will stretch the length and breadth of your back and have a substantial portion of the text of one of the Dead Sea Scrolls tattooed within it.

Scroll Tattoo Ideas
The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in a Middle Eastern cave. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Blank Scroll

Direct the tattoo artist to give you a tattoo of an unfurled blank scroll if you like the look of an empty scroll or if you wish your tattoo to function as a symbol of life as a blank slate (or blank scroll, in this case) upon which you may write your own story. You could also get a blank scroll tattoo and plan to fill in the "content" of the scroll later.

Treasure Map Scroll

Commission a tattoo showing a partially unrolled treasure map scroll if you have held onto your childhood affinity for pirates and tales of lost treasures or if you wish to visually evoke the idea that you are searching for something. A treasure map scroll tattoo would be enhanced by traditional pirate accoutrements like a treasure chest, a pile of gold doubloons, a cheeky parrot or a cutlass.

Scroll Tattoo Ideas
Add appropriate accessories, like gold doubloons, to the treasure map tattoo. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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