Ideas for Italian Horn Tattoos

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Ideas for Italian Horn Tattoos
Italian horns have an interesting history. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

An Italian horn is an ancient charm or symbol used to ward off negative energy and the evil eye in Italian culture. It take the shape of a wavy line, thick at the top and coming to a point at the bottom. Today, the symbol is used in jewellery and tattoos and is embraced universally by many different cultures. When considering an Italian horn tattoo, you should concentrate primarily on the colour of the horn and its location on your body.

Red Horn

The first Italian horns predate Christianity and were made of red coral. In keeping with the origins of the horn, consider tattooing it in either solid red or in shades of red to add dimension and texture. Either way, your artist should line the tattoo in red ink and not black. When the horns were first created, they were also a sign of fertility, so a red horn would be especially appropriate for a mother, either expecting or established.

Gold Horn

The Italian horn is often used as a shape in modern-day jewellery, crafted from solid gold or encrusted with diamonds. To simulate a golden horn, have your artist line the tattoo with gold and yellow inks with subtle white highlights to imitate its sparkle. Determine beforehand whether you want the tattoo to lay flat on your skin or appear dimensional so the artist will know to either fill it in completely or shade it.

Diamond Horn

A diamond horn tattoo would be another image simulating an expensive piece of jewellery. You can choose to have the tattoo done in shades of silver and grey with small diamonds encrusted throughout the horn, or have the entire horn appear to be one solid diamond cut to the appropriate shape. Have the artist use light blue, yellow and even some subtle red highlights to imitate the sparkle of a diamond in the sunlight.

Flag Horn

In keeping with the theme of an Italian horn symbolising a unified Italian people, consider filling in the tattoo with the colours of the Italian flag. The colour horn should be divided into three colour sections: green, white and red. Your artist should use black ink to line the image, but make all shading and colouring with those three colours of the Italian flag. This design is most significant for an Italian person or someone with at least some Italian lineage.

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