Gothic Tattoos And Meanings-Gothic Tattoo Ideas, Gothic Cross, Vampires, Gothic Figures

GOTHIC TATTOOS


One tattoo that you may want to consider is the Gothic tattoo. Gothic tattoos are designed to portray the Gothic theme. Gothic tattoo designs can portray a variety of different things, such as vampires. Although Gothic tattoos are not mainstream tattoos, there is a popularity for the tattoo theme. Gothic tattoos can be worn by both men and women. Most commonly, Gothic tattoos are designed in black ink and other dark colors.

In this article, we will discuss Gothic tattoos and Gothic tattoo designs. We will also discuss Gothic tattoo meanings and you will have the opportunity to view a variety of different Gothic tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you are able to find inspiration and ideas for your own tattoo design.





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GOTHIC CULTURE AND HISTORY


Most people would probably have negative emotions or feelings about Gothic tattoos or the Goth community. Even at this day and age, the Goths are commonly associated with death and devil worship. Goths are commonly associated with negativity by many different walks of life. In contrast, Gothic tattoos are as well. But truth be told, they are one of the most misunderstood communities in the world and so are their tattoos.







Gothic tattoos are thought to be associated with those who wear black clothing and choose black to decorate their body. It is true that Goths die their hair black, wear black lip-stick, black clothing, and paint their nails black. Some people try to consider this an act of rebellion. They are often called weird, freaks, or Satan worshipers. And the truth of this all, it is just another stereotype that has been associated to this community of people.










Gothic tattoos are often associated with death and evil. They are believed to be negative tattoos associated with a negative person. This representation couldn't be farther from the truth. Yes, they do usually wear black, but Gothic tattoos are not a representation of death in most cases. Gothic tattoos are usually associated with the creativity of the tattoo artist or their wearer of such tattoos.










To the surprise of many, Goths are usually quite interesting individuals that are very intelligent, talented, and creative. It may be true that most Goths have been outcasted from society, but it doesn't have a reflection on the person they are inside. Goths are usually great artist, painters, designers, writers, and drawers. They have creative minds that are represented in their tattoos.







The Gothic community began to assemble in the late 70s and early 80s. To most historians, this was known as the "Goth movement". At this time, the Goth culture began and laid its foundation. The Goths were a strong group that was formed during trying times. They actually stood against trouble and believed in happiness. They continue to show self-happiness and beliefs. Once Gothic tattoos became of age, it was a way to express their creativity and inner emotions through art.











Overall, most Gothic tattoos have no symbolic meaning. If it does, it is usually different then what the tattoo represents to the naked eye. For example, someone may have a tattoo design that includes a skeleton and black roses. The black rose and skeleton are both symbols of death. Although it represents death, the tattoo artist or tattoo wearer would have a totally different meaning for the design. To the wearer, it can represent something different or just be part of their creativity.








Most Gothic tattoo designs are very well detailed in nature. This is just another example of the creativity of a Goth. Granted not all Goths are so creative, but creativity is a strong characteristic of a Goth. Such tattoos are creative and they can reflect overall meaning to the wearer. But in most scenarios, Gothic tattoos are chosen because they are unique, creative tattoo designs.

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GOTHIC TATTOO DESIGNS AND MEANING


Gothic tattoos do have certain designs and certain figures that are placed in such tattoos. The Egyptian "ankh" is an ancient symbol that is often found in Gothic tattoos. Gothic tattoos are usually done in black ink and most lettering is usually done in Old English. Gothic tattoos are sometimes associated with music genre, films, and television. "Nine Inch Nails" is one example of music chosen by Goths. They may choose to get this band tattooed in a design. Usually punk rock is the music genre that is commonly associated with the Goth community.







There are a handful of different symbols that are commonly associated in Gothic tattoos. Snakes, daggers, skulls, vines, tribal art, and crosses are often portrayed in Gothic tattoos. The Gothic cross is one popular symbol in Gothic tattoos. Skulls are probably more common in Gothic tattoos, but some designs could include multiple symbols in one Gothic tattoo design.







Fantasy Gothic tattoos are also a popular choice when it comes to the Gothic tattoo. Many Gothic tattoos include mystical creatures such as the dragon. The Gothic dragon is depicted more fierce looking then Chinese and Japanese dragons. They usually are designed to look evil. Some Gothic dragon tattoo designs may show dragons fighting or someone fighting the dragon.







Although most Gothic tattoos are realistic looking, some may be designed as a cartoon figure. Evil looking dolls are a common Gothic tattoo. You may also see ruined churches and castles in some Gothic designs. Gothic cathedrals are also commonly seen in Gothic tattoos. Others may show historical figures throughout the world. Once you put the negative representation behind you, you can clearly see all the creativity behind Gothic tattoos and designs.










Overall meanings of Gothic tattoos are usually based on the person that wears such a design. They usually are a symbol of self-expression. It is also a symbol of their creativity. The Gothic tattoo represents whatever you believe it represents, there is no right or wrong meaning.

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

my goodness now this is more in my taste I love it!!!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Frank, thanks for coming by. Glad you enjoyed it this one.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Wow how creepy. I'd see someone coming toward me with any one of these tattoos I'd be like across the street and long gone.


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

LW this is great! The designs here are absolutely awesome! I wouldn't want to have a tattoo like this myself, but yes, I can appreciate and love the beautiful creativity and expression that these tatoos and Gothic art in general displays.

You are right about Goths. The ones I've met are some of the nicest and most genuine people I have met. I know that the art and tatoos are not supposed to represent anything. But for me, the Goths are displaying the hidden side of themselves and the hidden side of us all. Deep within our sub-conscious we have darkness but we also have beauty, mystery, creativity and a million and one other things that are kept repressed. Goths are the people who open up this deep chasm and display it to the world. Perhaps that is why some people are not comfortable with the movement - they see too much of their own darkness being displayed, but that is their problem not the people who are Goths.

Sorry about the novel - great hubs usually start me off on one!! Voted up + awesome + beautiful!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, great well done Gothic tattoo hub, love all the great pictures, not a big fan of these Gothic tattoos.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I can not imagine anyone wanting a Gothic tattoo, but different strokes for different folks..Really the artistry is beautiful..Thank you Ricky..


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, thanks for coming by. Yeah, these are some wild tattoos, evil looking and all. But when I look at them as art, they are creative.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Seeker7, thanks for dropping by. I would agree with you. Great people. The ones that I have met are very creative and good people, do anything for you. Most of them face critics their entire life. I think this makes them strong willed as well. I apprecite the input, take all the space you need.lol


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Kash, thanks for coming by. It is always appreciated. I am not big on them but it is fantastic part. It is important cause Goths are wrongly portrayed in life.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

AE, hey there friend. Thanks again. Most people either hate it or love it. Not to much in between.


punkrockjewelry 2 years ago

I think this makes them strong willed as well.

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