Medusa tattoo with olive branch

Medusa Tattoo: These 35 Ideas Will Either Scare You Or Make You Get One

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Medusa tattoo isn’t the one that you will see often, but it is a beautiful and meaningful tattoo. In Greek mythology, Medusa was a female underworld monster with wings on her back and snakes instead of the hair. She turned everyone who stared at her eyes into stone. The hero Perseus beheaded Medusa and later used her head as a weapon. Today, we rarely remember the myths and the symbolical meanings of their heroes and gods. But, these symbols are eternal and even time doesn’t change them. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the meaning and most beautiful tattoo designs of Medusa.

Replica of carravagio medusa by tattoo artist marla moon
Replica of Carravagio’s Medusa by tattoo artist Marla Moon
Large black medusa tattoo on the chest
Large black Medusa tattoo on the chest
Dot work style medusa tattoo
Dot-work style medusa tattoo

Medusa tattoo meaning

The primary symbol of Medusa is the fear and anger. Even a single look will bring you mischief and turn you into stone. But, it’s not a good choice to earn respect for other people with fear. So, you wouldn’t like to get a Medusa tattoo for that purpose. Instead of expressing fear, it could symbolize your personality. For example, you may be impulsive, but other people see you as an angry person. So, a tattoo of Medusa could express your feelings. Maybe other people don’t know you that well, and they shouldn’t judge you from the first impressions.

Small outline medusa head tattoo on the wrist
Small outline Medusa head tattoo on the wrist
Gorgeous blackwork medusa tattoo by tattooist oozy tattoo
Gorgeous blackwork Medusa tattoo by tattooist Oozy Tattoo
Another blackwork medusa face tattoo
Another blackwork Medusa face tattoo

Another, more negative interpretation of Medusa’s symbolical meaning, represents the notions of nihilism. According to nihilists, avoiding to look into its eyes represent the avoiding of depressing reality. So, if you are fighting with psychological issues, a tattoo of Medusa may embody your struggle. Each time you face the problems, you don’t try to look away, but you deal with it.

Green medusa head tattoo on the belly
Green Medusa head tattoo on the belly
Detailed black medusa tattoo on the back of the right arm
Detailed black Medusa tattoo on the back of the right arm
Medusa by victor j webster
Medusa by Victor J Webster

In the 20th century feminist movement, the Medusa’s face reappeared as a symbol of the women rage. It symbolizes female anger, power, and wisdom. Meanwhile, for men, Medusa is a symbol of the contrasts. Its beautiful face attracts every man, but the snakes in the hair make them want to run away. So, it is a profound symbol of true love. If you wish to be with someone, you don’t care about their bad qualities. Instead of bringing out the disadvantages, you focus on the positive side of the person. Eternal love can only exist under these circumstances.

Medusa tattoo ideas

As we’ve said earlier, Medusa isn’t the most popular tattoo character, so it’s hard to find beautiful designs. Although, we have selected the most beautiful ideas for you. Medusa tattoos are usually large or middle size. Also, the most popular body parts for it are arms, legs and the back. Take a look at the images below, and maybe you will come up with a unique idea!

Negative space medusa tattoo
Negative space Medusa tattoo
Old school medusa on the left calf
Old school Medusa on the left calf
Dual face medusa tattoo
Dual face Medusa tattoo
Greek head bust medusa tattoo on the forearm
Greek head bust Medusa tattoo on the forearm
Neo traditional style medusa tattoo on the upper thigh by olivia granger
Neo-traditional style Medusa tattoo on the upper thigh by Olivia Granger
Circular black medusa tattoo by big carl tattooer
Circular black Medusa tattoo by Big Carl tattooer
Fine blackwork medusa withouth the face
Excellent blackwork Medusa without the face
Another old school medusa tattoo on the calf
Another old-school Medusa tattoo on the calf
Black medusa head on the thigh
Black Medusa head on the thigh
Traditional black tattoo of medusa head
Traditional black tattoo of Medusa head
Monocrhome black medusa tattoo on the hand
Monochrome black Medusa tattoo on the hand
Blackwork medusa on the right bicep
Blackwork Medusa on the right bicep
Medusa tattoo with olive branch
Medusa tattoo with an olive branch
Another traditional black medusa head tattoo on the back
Another traditional black medusa head tattoo on the back
Half sleeve black medusa tattoo
Half-sleeve black Medusa tattoo
Medusa in a rhombus tattoo by tattooist conio
Medusa in a rhombus tattoo by tattooist Conio
Another neo traditional medusa face tattoo
Another neo-traditional Medusa face tattoo
Small medusa head tattoo on the back
Small Medusa head tattoo on the back
Black and grey medusa head tattoo on the right shoulder blade
Black and grey Medusa head tattoo on the right shoulder blade
Outline medusa underboob tattoo
Outline Medusa underboob tattoo
Circular medusa tattoo
Circular Medusa tattoo
Medusa head tattoo on the left hip by katie so
Medusahead tattoo on the left hip by Katie So
Half face medusa tattoo by christiane hensel
Half-face Medusa tattoo by Christiane Hensel
Medusa with red lips on the right wrist
Medusa with red lips on the right wrist
Small colorful medusa on the left thumb
Small colorful Medusa on the left thumb
Separated medusa head tattoo on the right upper arm
Separated Medusa head tattoo on the right upper arm
Medusa Tattoo: These 35 Ideas Will Either Scare You Or Make You Get One
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