Blackwork vegvisir tattoo on the arm

Nordic Tattoos: 45 Most Amazing Scandinavian Tattoos You Will Love

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Nordic tattoos are not very popular, though we believe they should get more attention. Therefore, we have gathered some of the best pictures – keep reading to see them all! If you’re passionate about the Nordic culture and everything about Vikings, then Nordic tattoos are a perfect choice for you. Runes, old patterns, swords, ships – these and other symbols portray the Nordic culture.

Types of Nordic tattoos

To begin with, we must say that there isn’t exactly such style as nordic tattoos. It’s instead a term to describe a few different tattoo styles that are related to the Scandinavian region and its culture. Most of these tattoo ideas come from the ancient Nordic people – Vikings. In the past few years, Vikings gain massive popularity due to the pop culture influence. As a result, more and more people want to get nordic tattoos.

Another nordic compass tattoo on the arm
Nordic compass tattoo on the arm
Blackwork vegvisir tattoo on the arm
Blackwork Vegvisir tattoo on the arm
Nordic wolf with helm of awe tattoo on the left arm
Wolf with a helm of awe tattoo
Handpoke tattoo of a viking symbol aegishjalmur
Handpoke tattoo of a Viking symbol Aegishjalmur
Nordic tattoos
Half sleeve Nordic style tattoo

Runes – the protection from the evil

The primary purpose of the runes was of course to deliver a message — it was their alphabet. However, it had a much deeper meaning. The ancient Nordic people used runes to protect themselves from all kinds of evil – spirits, enemies, etc. Each rune has its purpose and meaning, so be careful when you choose a particular symbol. Otherwise, you may be carrying something you would not want to.

Viking rune meanings
Viking rune meanings
Rune tattoos on feet
Rune tattoos on both feet
Blackwork rune tattoo
Blackwork rune tattoo
Longevity and vitality rune tattoos on forearms
Longevity and vitality rune tattoos on forearms
Matching rune tattoos on wrists
Matching rune tattoos on wrists
Rune tattoo on the back of the neck
Rune tattoo on the back of the neck
Runic tattoo on the left forearm
Runic tattoo on the left forearm
Rune tattoos on right hand's fingers
Rune tattoos on right hand’s fingers
Vegvisir symbol and runes circle tattoo
Vegvisir symbol and runes circle tattoo
Runic tattoos on both clavic bones
Runic tattoos on both clavicle bones
Viking runes tattoo on the right inner arm
Viking runes tattoo on the right inner arm
Runic tattoo on the right arm
Runic tattoo on the right arm
Viking symbol inguz tattoo meaning where there is a will there is a way
Viking symbol Inguz tattoo which means: where there is a will, then there is a way.
Words there is no pain in runes tattoo on the right side
Words ‘there is no pain’ in runes tattoo on the right side
Good luck health, and success runes tattoo
Good luck health, and success runes tattoo

Nordic magical staves

Another type of Nordic tattoo is staves. These are magic symbols, and their usage was similar to the runes. However, they were not a form of communication. Anyhow, all of these symbols carried a mystical meaning. Also, they look beautiful on whichever body part on both men and women. The best-known symbols are the following.

Valknut tattoo
Valknut tattoo on the left calf

Valknut (aka Odin’s Knot) – a symbol of Odin‘s power.

The helm of awe tattoo
The helm of awe tattoo on the arm

Ægishjálmur or The Helm of Awe. Vikings used to paint this symbol on their foreheads as a protection during the battles. They also believed that Ægishjálmr made them invincible.

Vegvisir tattoo
Vegvisir tattoo on the upper back

Vegvisir – another nordic symbol which is often in Icelandic culture. There is no information about whether the Vikings used Vegvisir as a magical symbol. However, judging by its form, Nordic people were probably using it as a solar compass.

Yggdrasil tattoo on the inner arm
Yggdrasil tattoo on the inner arm

Yggdrasil – another Nordic symbol which means the Tree of Life. This symbol comes from the Scandinavian mythology and connects the nine worlds.

More Nordic tattoo ideas

Last but not least – check out the photos below. There are numerous options of Nordic tattoos, but try to be creative. Also, if you can’t find the perfect idea, take your favorite ones to your tattoo artist, and he will do a unique design for you.

Nordic style compass tattoo pointing to the north
Another Nordic style compass tattoo pointing to the north
Aegishjalmur and vegvisir tattoos on both arms
Aegishjalmur and Vegvisir tattoos on both arms
Hammer of the thor tattoo on the right arm
Hammer of the thor tattoo on the right arm
Small valknut tattoo on the right hand
Small Valknut tattoo on the right hand
Aegishjalmur and vegvisir on both sides of the chest
Aegishjalmur and Vegvisir on both sides of the chest
Ægishjálmur tattoo on the hand
Ægishjálmur tattoo on the hand
Spear valknut and runes tattoo on the right inner arm
Spear, Valknut, and runes tattoo on the right inner arm
Aegishjalmur tattoo on the left wrist and vegvisir on the right
Aegishjalmur tattoo on the left wrist and Vegvisir on the right
Valhalla tattoo on the right forearm
Valhalla tattoo on the right forearm
Another vegvísir tattoo on the left inner arm
Another Vegvísir tattoo on the left inner arm
Viking head ship and vegvisir tattoo on the left thigh
Viking head, ship and a Vegvisir tattoo on the left thigh
Five different nordic tattoos on both arms
Five different nordic tattoos on both arms
Gorgeous vegvisir tattoo on the red background
Gorgeous Vegvisir tattoo on the red background
Viking axes and shield vegisvir ouroboros and runes tattoo on the lower back
Viking axes and shield, Vegisvir, Ouroboros, and runes tattoo on the lower back
Icelandic stave vegvisir tattoo on the left forearm
Icelandic stave Vegvisir tattoo on the left forearm
Vegvisir and tree of life tattoo on the left side of the chest
Vegvisir and tree of life tattoo on the left side of the chest
Nordic design black tattoo on the right leg
Nordic design black tattoo on the right leg
Red and black viking compass tattoo
Red and black Viking compass tattoo
Runes and aegishjalmur tattoo on the elbow
Runes and an Aegishjalmur tattoo on the elbow
Solid black tattoo of a valknut on the left arm
Solid black tattoo of a Valknut on the left arm
Vegvisir and runes tattoo on the right arm
Vegvisir and runes tattoo on the right arm
Nordic Tattoos: 45 Most Amazing Scandinavian Tattoos You Will Love
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