51 Awesome Egyptian Tattoo Ideas For Men and Women
Are you on the hunt for a tattoo that will make you stand out from the crowd? Do you want to be original? Do you want a tattoo that is especially meaningful to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will be excited to explore the world of Egyptian-themed tattoos with us! Anything from Egyptian mythology will be artful, meaningful, and unique. The list of ideas can go on and on, and we have dedicated this entire post to Egyptian tattoos.
Having an Egyptian tattoo will definitely make you stand out! Why do we say that? First, all Egyptian-inspired tattoos have an attractive design. Second, any Egyptian tattoo will have significant meaning since all Egyptian-inspired tattoo designs are taken from abundant and age-old Egyptian mythology. Egyptian mythology is loaded with a myriad of different gods, goddesses, and god-like creatures, and every single Egyptian image symbolizes something. For example: you want a tattoo that symbolizes love, but you don’t want the same boring heart theme that everyone else has. Why not consider a tattoo of the Egyptian goddess, Isis? Isis is the epitome of love in Egyptian mythology. Love symbols are just an example. If you don’t want a love tattoo, don’t worry. There are numerous other Egyptian tattoos you can have done. We are here to show you just a few of the hundreds of ideas that are out there!
Let’s have a look at 51 Awesome Egyptian Tattoo Ideas for Men and Women!
1. Our first choice for Egyptian-themed tattoos is the beautiful goddess, Nekhbet!
Nekhbet, the vulture goddess, rendered here in stunning, vivid color! She is the most ancient of Egyptian oracles, dating back to BEFORE the dynastic era of Egypt! For the very image of beauty, grace and truth, we suggest this image of Nekhbet! It is shown here on a woman’s arm but it would be lovely anywhere!
2. Flying Ma’at: Next on our list of Egyptian-themed tattoos, Flying Ma’at.
Ma’at is the Egyptian goddess of truth, justice, and order. She represents law and morality. This Egyptian moon goddess is often shown controlling the heavens and the seasons. Without Ma’at, chaos would reign in the world of gods and men! Are order and harmony important to you? Do you value the realm of law, morality, and justice? Do you strive for balance? If so, then a tattoo of the Egyptian goddess, Flying Ma’at, is a perfect choice for you! Here, Flying Ma’at is shown on a woman’s abdomen but, it would also work beautifully on your back, across your shoulders.
3. Horus: Horus, ancient Egyptian god of war, the sky, and Falcons
War is the domain of this Egyptian deity. He also rules flight! Even if war isn’t your thing, any depiction of Horus is awesome! Horus is pictured on a man’s arm here but, anything this cool will fit anywhere you decide to put it!
4. Little Nemes: For something less imposing and large, we suggest a small version of the Nemes.
Nemes is the actual name of the headdresses worn ONLY by Egyptian pharaohs in ancient Egypt and, in ancient Egypt, the reigning pharaoh was considered God by the masses. For the ultimate symbol of royalty and power, look no further than the Nemes! The Nemes is the perfect way to pack a LOT of power into a small, unique tattoo. This small design would be perfect in your hand, a finger, or some other small area.
5. The Winged Solar Disk: The Winged Solar Disk symbolizes eternal light and life in Egyptian myth.
For the ULTIMATE symbol of eternal power, there is nothing like Winged Solar Disk of ancient Egypt! If you want to show the world that you are a powerful, eternal being, you should really look into this Egyptian-themed tattoo design! It would be ideal across the shoulders, or, as pictured here, across your chest.
6. Anubis: Anubis is the Egyptian god of the dead.
The ancient Egyptians revered the dead far more than they ever revered the living and, Anubis ruled over this entire realm. This ancient Egyptian, jackal-headed god ruled over every aspect of death: the spirits of the dead, the ancient Egyptian burial rites, all of it. For a definite statement of the ultimate power, Anubis is the god for you. His countenance would look amazing anywhere you have it placed!
7. Set meets Horus: The meeting of two opposites.
While Set is the ancient Egyptian god of disaster and storms, Horus is just the opposite. Horus is the ancient embodiment of the sun itself, representing warmth and serenity. The meeting of these two ancient gods represents the meeting of two sides of the same personality – the wild side and the calm side. A double tattoo such as this could easily symbolize your inner balance or an acceptance of all facets of your character. A placement on the wrists, as shown here, works beautiful but, it would work just as well in any place where the two ancient gods can face one another.
8. The Wadjat Egyptian Tattoo
This ancient Egyptian symbol for the circle of life actually predates dynastic Egypt. In other words, this symbol was around long before the pharaohs came to rule Egypt. It’s elegant depiction of the circle of life, surrounded and protected by two cobras, and guided by the eye of the sun, is the perfect tattoo for anyone who truly values the sanctity of life! What makes the Wadjat even better is that it is perfect for a man or a woman! It would be stunning across the back, as shown here, or across the shoulders or stomach.
9. Ancient Egyptian Tattoo
This ancient sarcophagus is, perhaps, the most iconic and well known ancient Egyptian symbol of all! All royalty in ancient Egypt was buried in this unmistakable casket! For a tattoo that everyone will recognize, we suggest this sarcophagus! Pictured here, it’s on the forearm but, it would work well anywhere!
10. Arrows: all ancient cultures used arrows but, ancient Egyptian arrows contain a certain flare.
Although arrows, in general, are very common in the tattoo world, anything Egyptian is always artistic and elegant, making ancient Egyptian arrows stand out from the crowd. are very common tats. For a tattoo that screams prowess during the hunt or victory in war, the ancient Egyptian arrow tattoo is definitely for you! Place it on the arm as shown here, or maybe on a shoulder.
11. The Ankh: the ancient Egyptian symbol of eternal life.
The ankh – another iconic symbol of ancient Egypt. The ankh signified its holder as the reigning pharaoh and represents life, breath and air. This lovely tattoo is stunning on the wrist but would really work well anywhere you have it done. You can’t go wrong with a tattoo of the ancient Egyptian ankh.
12. The Golden Nemes: Best known as the burial mask of the boy-king, Tutankhamen.
Tutankhamen may be even better known than Isis herself, perhaps because his story is relatively new and modern compared to the culture he comes from, or maybe because his story is the most intriguing of all. A boy made king at a young age, his rule only lasted about nine years. His story and artifacts have traveled the globe more than once. Any tattoo of the golden nemes of King Tut will add elegance and drama to your body art!
13. The Eye of Ra: also known as the eye of God.
It was believed, in ancient Egypt, that their god, Ra, was always watching, that his eye was everywhere. The Eye of Ra placed in the center of the pyramid is the quintessential symbol of eternal divinity! This tattoo would work well on the chest or between the shoulders.
14. Amun-Ra: the combination of two powerful gods of ancient Egypt, Amun and Ra.
Occasionally, between dynasties in ancient Egypt, two very powerful gods would become one and the same god, thus making that god twice as powerful. That is the case with Amun-Ra – Amun, the old king of the gods and god of the wind, became enmeshed with, Ra, the new king of the gods and god of the sun. For the ultimate symbol of masculine divine power, a tattoo of Amun-Ra is perfect!
15. Isis: The Egyptian goddess of love.
Isis is the Egyptian mother goddess, representing love, creation, motherhood, and fertility. If you personally value the things that Isis represents, a beautifully rendered tattoo of her may be exactly what you are looking for. You might consider having the tattoo done on your chest, over your heart. Here, it is pictured on the arm. With this vivid color and gorgeous face of this design, you can’t help but feel more beautiful than ever before!
16. Ma’at: The Egyptian goddess of truth and justice, up close and personal.
The face of Ma’at, a brilliant combination of sparkling beauty and keen justice! What better way to show your love of justice than a beautifully rendered tattoo of the face of the lovely goddess, Ma’at!
17. The Pharaoh in the Stars: a dramatic combination!
What better way to symbolize eternal life than with a combination of two of the most timeless Egyptian symbols around? This amazing tattoo combines the eternal presence of the pharaoh with the age-old figure of the pyramid, all on a stunning backdrop of the stars and heavens! What an elegant way to express yourself!
18. Set: ancient Egyptian god of chaos and destruction.
In ancient Egypt, Set was the divine bringer of chaos and destruction – he was the symbol of flood and famine, earthquake and volcano! The ancient Egyptian god Set is the ultimate if you prize the power of nature in all of it’s majesty!
19. The Death Mask of Tutankhamen.
For a dramatic, rather intense effect, you might have this amazing rendition of Tutankhamen tattooed on the back of your hand.
20. Hieroglyphs: the written language of ancient Egypt.
Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs have fascinated the masses for centuries! Imagine! A secret engraved on your very skin that nobody understands but you! Or, your wedding vows, in hieroglyphics! That is entirely possible with a hieroglyphic tattoo!
21. Isis the Observer
Do you strive to observe the world through the eyes of love and compassion? Do you value inner beauty as the most sacred beauty? If so, this small depiction of Isis is a good choice for your. Elegant and small, it is the ideal tattoo for a feminine woman.
22. The Return of Anubis
This powerful tattoo depicts Anubis, ancient Egyptian god of the Underworld, in fantastic magnification. He bears the legendary scepter, one of the two symbols of royalty in ancient Egypt. This large scale tattoo will best fit on a large area of your body, such as the ribs area shown here, or along a shoulder.
23. The Supreme Ankh
The ankh, first breath of creation, and Ra, the king of the ancient Egyptian pantheon, combine here to create a tattoo that is both beautiful and powerful. It is perfect on a fore-arm, as above, but it really is perfect anywhere you have it done.
24. Loving Pharaoh: another portrayal of the child-king, Tutankhamen.
This beautiful tattoo is a portrayal of Pharaoh observing, with tender eyes, the image of the lotus, symbol of love and life. This tattoo would show everyone that you can be powerful and full of love and tenderness at the same time. What a beautiful representation of balance!
25. Stylized Egyptian-themed dog.
This tattoo is a stylized combination of several Egyptian themes. The jackal (sometimes a dog) is associated with Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld. The ankh is the ancient symbol of eternal life or the first breath of life. The eye of Ra (also known as a symbol of Ma’at) is clearly depicted on the dog’s face. This tattoo is the embodiment of some the most sacred concepts on Earth.
26. Winged Ma’at
Winged Ma’at, the perfect image of the balance represented by the goddess Ma’at! This tattoo is especially suited to wide areas of the body such as the upper back, shown here.
27. Anubis, Guardian of the ancient Egyptian underworld.
This image of the great Anubis shows an amazing use of color and pattern. This is where artistry meets history. A wonderful depiction of the Egyptian god, Anubis, holding his scepter and watching over his realm. It is a symbol of power and authority.
28. Nemes on the shoulder.
In this fantastic piece, it is almost as if Pharaoh himself sits on your shoulder, ready to strike. No matter where you get this tattoo on your body, it emanates an impression of strength and courage.
29. Another Aspect of Anubis: Anubis, the Warrior.
Ever wanted to be a warrior? This is just for you. The Egyptian god, Anubis, stands at the ready to strike down his enemies.
30. The Brothers.
Horus and Anubis are shown with the Ankh and Ra encircling them. Forever opposed and forever connected. It shows a sense of loyalty but, at the same time, continual opposition.
31. Nekhbet, the Vulture Goddess.
Nekhbet is the most ancient oracle of predynastic Egypt! This lovely tattoo is perfect for anyone who values clear vision and planning ahead.
32. Kneeling Isis
You really cannot go wrong with this image of Isis kneeling with wings out-stretched! This is the perfect image of grace and balance!
33. The Sacred Lotus
The magical lotus, shown on the shoulder above, closes at night and sinks beneath the water, only to rise and bloom again every morning! Naturally, it became a symbol of the sun and life in ancient Egypt. This tattoo is a perfect representation of renewal and rebirth!
34. Bast, the ancient Egyptian Cat Goddess
Cats were sacred to the goddess Bast and to ancient Egyptians. They were also considered guardians of the underworld, keeping the spirits of the dead where they belonged. This is the perfect tattoo for cat-lovers!
35. The Ancient Egyptian Pantheon
This intriguing collage of the Egyptian pantheon is the perfect tattoo for the true Egypt lover! It depicts Isis, Ra, Anubis, Horace, and more!
36. The Eye of Ra
This version of the powerful Eye of Ra is more discreet and simple than others, making it a good choice for someone who prefers a more subtle form of self-expression. Placement here on the back of the neck is just perfect.
37. Mirrored Bast
This is the perfect symbol of dark elegance! The sacred ankh, symbol of life eternal, is guarded on either side by Bast, a guardian of the underworld. It is a wonderful sight to behold. The wings curve to give a feeling of satisfaction and freshness.
38. Battle of the Gods
A dramatic depiction of the eternal battle that rages between Horus, the god of life, and Anubis, the god of death! This tattoo is the essence of life itself!
39. The Great Pyramids and the Mysterious Sphinx
The great pyramids and the mysterious sphinx – iconic hallmarks of the Egyptian skyline! These ancient relics of Egyptian culture still hold the world in awe and inspire us to do great things. For the perfect symbol of inspiration and accomplishment, we strongly suggest this piece!
40. Divine Judgement
A scene from the court of Osiris where men are judged and it is decided where they will spend their afterlife. This tattoo contains numerous elements of ancient Egyptian belief. Although it is shown as a sleeve here, it is very well suited to the back or chest because of how large and detailed the scene is.
41. Curvy Ra
This tattoo is very masculine. It’s use of so many patterns and shapes makes it intriguing, you could look at it for hours and continue to find new elements.
42. Anubis on Scales
The great god, Anubis, sits atop the scales of justice, deciding the fate of a soul. Wonderful tattoo on your arm.
43. Patterned Ankh
The ankh is probably the most adaptable symbol of ancient Egypt. It works well in any size and you can do so many different things with it! Here, it’s big enough to cover half an arm and other Egyptian symbols are contained within. For a truly flexible tattoo idea, we suggest an ankh!
44. The Sacred Scarab
The sacred scarab! The scarab is linked to all sorts of Egyptian myth! It works well for both male and female and is much more subtle than other Egyptian-themed tattoos.
45. Seth Seeks Isis
This beautiful combo tattoo has deep meanings. It represents love and revenge. You can never go wrong with this on your hands.
46. Knuckles of the Gods
The hieroglyphic symbols for each to ten different deities across your knuckles! What better way to honor an entire pantheon! You could also use hieroglyphics to form a word or phrase that is meaningful to you.
47. The Winged Scarab
Fearless tiny heart. I love tattoos on the neck. They are really seductive and sexy.
48. The Sun Scarab
The sacred scarab holding up the sun. A combination of fearless power and life’s breath. The tattoo here is placed on the lower part of the neck.
49. Flying Ma’at
This tattoo of the winged goddess is a symbol of love, honor and power. It is for go-getters and girls that rock.
50. The Jewels of Isis
The jewels of Isis, an elegant and perfect tattoo for any lady. Shown here with PERFECT placement!
51. Simplified Egyptian Skyline
This very unimposing and kinda cute image of the Egyptian skyline is perfect for anyone with a light sense of humor!
Really, the Egyptian gods have left us with so many tattoo ideas and this series is one of the best I’ve ever seen! They’re ALL here: Osiris, Isis, Seth, Horace, Anubis, Ma’at, and more! Have you found yours?
Our fascination with ancient Egypt will never end.
It seems everyone has a passing knowledge of this culture, their practices, and especially their aesthetic.
Though it is often thought about as an old culture that died out over time, there are still people who worship ancient Egyptian gods.
So if you’re looking to get a tattoo of an Egyptian figure, it’s best to do your research first.
Read on for everything you need to know about the most popular ancient Egyptian tattoos!
Why Are We Still so Interested in Ancient Egypt?
William Shakespeare presented the dramatic tale of Anthony and Cleopatra in 1607.
Many of the iconic looks of the 1920’s were inspired by the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Egyptian themed films hit the silver screen in 1963, and again in 1972.
Katy Perry channeled images of Egyptian gods in 2014, and Chanel sent Egyptian looks down the runway in 2018.
Like anything both aesthetically pleasing and timeless; ancient Egypt has inspired its share of tattoos.
Historians are still uncovering the tattooing practices of the Egyptians themselves.
At first, they thought tattoos were only worn by lower-class females.
Now, there is evidence to suggest that many Egyptians had skin markings.
As a culture interested in opulence and pageantry, it is no surprise that tattoos would be popular in Egypt.
A lot of time has gone into studying ancient Egyptians and their habits.
But there’s still more to discover.
Perhaps that is why we’re still so intrigued by this long-ago culture.
Today’s Egypt may look different, but the shadows of yesterday’s icons remain.
Are you considering an Egyptian tattoo?
Let’s arm you with some information before you head to the shop.
Here, we will explore some of the most popular ancient Egyptian tattoo designs.
We will start with the most iconic Egyptian figure in history:
Cleopatra is the original fashion icon.
Over the years she has been both celebrated and demonized as a ruler.
She had a flair for the dramatic, and many passionate affairs, making her a polarizing figure.
Most of what has been written about Cleopatra was recorded years after her death.
She is often written about either by her enemies, or people with generally sexist beliefs.
She is often criticized for her opulence, ruthless hold of the throne, and sexual history.
In fact, that’s all most people are aware of when they think about this leader of the ancient world.
It is interesting to note that male leaders with the same habits are rarely criticized in the same way.
Our pop culture perception of Cleopatra is based more on the stories around her than her actual legacy.
She is often seen as a femme fatale, a beautiful woman who uses sexual prowess to get what she wants.
Cleopatra’s reputation precedes her, but there’s more to her than many people realize.
Cleopatra Tattoo Meanings
Here are some of the many reasons why someone might get a Cleopatra tattoo:
Charm Beyond Physical Beauty
According to most historians, Cleopatra was not the great beauty people think her to be.
She was beguiling and persuasive, and that is not a reputation she earned with her looks alone.
Cleopatra was clever and had a beautiful voice.
She knew exactly how to dazzle people when she wanted something.
For these reasons and more, she is recorded as a great beauty.
It doesn’t have much to do with her physical features.
Cleopatra was not unpleasant to look at.
She just didn’t have the symmetrical, modelesque features we imagine for her.
You may want a Cleopatra tattoo to remind you that some of the most memorable people in history were not classic beauties.
Look past your physical attributes and see the wonderful things you can achieve.
A Cleopatra tattoo symbolizes great intellect, and a capable work ethic.
Cleopatra was not ethnically Egyptian.
She was Macedonian and belonged to the Macedonian Greek dynasty.
Though she was not Egyptian herself, she learned to speak the Egyptian language.
While she was at it, she learned a few other languages too.
She was an incredibly capable leader.
Which leads us to our next point:
In today’s female-forward society, many people turn to Cleopatra as an example.
A Cleopatra tattoo may be a powerful image for a woman in power.
After her father’s death, Cleopatra ruled alongside her brother Ptolemy XIII.
The two were married at the time, something that was customary to keep the royal lineage.
Though Cleopatra was exiled by her brother, she managed to regain control over the throne.
It was customary for a woman to rule with a co-leader.
But Cleopatra is a solo act.
She led on her own for 3 years.
She also co-ran Egypt with her younger brother, but eventually pushed him out in favor of her infant son.
This satisfied the co-leadership tradition while giving Cleopatra the power.
During her reign, Cleopatra kept corruption from spiritual and political authority figures at bay.
She was also generous to the common people during a drought.
She led without seeing a revolt from her people.
What’s more, the economy stayed stable even during the most challenging times.
A Cleopatra tattoo can symbolize women in power and excellent leadership skills.
Ruthless When Necessary
Cleopatra stopped at nothing to maintain her hold over the throne.
She is rumored to be behind the deaths of her siblings, including the 2 brothers she co-ruled with and 1 sister who posed a threat.
During a particularly bloody chapter in history, this was far from the worst thing a Pharaoh did.
But it does make her a complicated heroine.
Are you a complicated protagonist in your life story?
Maybe a Cleopatra tattoo would suit you.
A Flair for the Dramatic
Cleopatra would often dress up as the goddess Isis- not just for the fashion.
She believed she was Isis, incarnated on this earthly plane.
You can find more on the goddess Isis later in this article.
When asked to meet with the Roman officer Mark Anthony, who later became her lover, she arrived in style.
Knowing that Anthony fancied himself a Dionysus on earth, she made herself up to look like Aphrodite.
She sailed toward him on a golden barge, sitting beneath a beautiful canopy.
Her servants, dressed as cupid, fanned her to enhance her regality.
This lavish display, mixed with the smell of Cleopatra’s chosen incense, certainly made an impression.
A Cleopatra tattoo can be a wonderful talisman for someone who’s not afraid to live an over the top life.
Looking for an ancient Egyptian tattoo, but Cleopatra’s not your thing?
Let’s turn our attention to another icon of the ancient world.
King Tut Tattoos
King Tutankhamun (King Tut) for short, the boy Pharaoh, has been a subject of fascination since his excavation in the 1920’s.
Many of the images associated with ancient Egypt come from the items found in his tomb.
King Tut was not the most famous or prominent Pharaoh in Egypt’s history.
But he has won over our hearts because of his historic discovery, and the treasures within his tomb.
Most grave-sites in Egypt had been ransacked by grave robbers before archaeologists arrived.
But King Tut’s tomb was hidden somehow.
At the time of its discovery, it was full of many beautiful and educational treasures.
People are also enamored with King Tut because of the intriguing stories around his discovery.
There are many theories as to how the young king died and even more about the curse of his tomb.
King Tut Tattoo Meanings
This regal image is a popular choice across gender identities.
King Tut’s golden sarcophagus has the kind of beautiful detailing a tattoo artist dreams of.
Many people choose King Tut as a muse for their ink, but they may have a few different reasons why.
One of King Tut’s identifying features is his youth.
He took the throne at the age of 9, and ruled for 10 years before his death.
After the death of his father, he took over the throne with two advisors, Horemheb and Ay.
They worked to reverse some controversial religious choices made by Tut’s father.
Mainly, they restored the polytheistic religious beliefs known to the area.
Many people with King Tut tattoos fancy themselves born leaders.
This is a great design for someone who has felt destined for greatness from a young age.
King Tut’s father, Akhenaten, forbade the worship of many gods in favor of one, the solar deity Aten.
This godly figure is depicted as a solar disc, usually above the sun god Ra’s head.
It was a controversial decision to name Aten the only god.
When King Tut took the throne, he and his advisors overturned the monotheistic system.
They favored Amun- a creator God.
Amun has associations with the sun god Ra, but is a multi-faceted god that combines many aspects.
Amun is often likened to the air, which encompasses everything but can not be seen.
Amun is a ruler of gods, but not the only god.
Sound confusing? Rightfully so!
Amun was thought of as a very mysterious figure and was sometimes called “the concealed god.”
His presence is to be understood with the heart, not the head.
For those who still work with Egyptian gods, a King Tut tattoo is a powerful reminder of their polytheistic faith.
King Tut’s Death Mask
When people get King Tut tattoos, they usually depict his elaborate death mask.
King Tut was buried in a solid gold coffin within other coffins.
Egyptian coffins had a “nesting doll” effect and usually, a person was buried in at least 2-3 layers.
On top of his mummified body lay the famous death mask.
The mask was made from sheets of solid gold, and fashioned into a spiritually significant shape:
- A headdress with blue horizontal stripes. This signifies the wearer’s regality and separates them from common folks.
- The goddess Nekhbet, an emblem of protection for Egyptian peoples.
- The goddess Wadjet, a protective snake goddess associated with Nekhbet.
- A beard, in the image of Egyptian gods.
- A collar, with edges shaped like Falcon heads. Falcons were a symbol of the sun god Ra.
- A spell from the Book of The Dead (on the underside of the mask) to serve as guidance and protection through the underworld.
With this symbolism in mind, the death mask is a deeply spiritual symbol of protection.
You may get a King Tut death mask tattoo if you work in a dangerous field where you face death every day.
There are plenty of Egyptian characters who associated themselves with gods.
But sometimes it’s better to go over a Pharaoh’s adorned head and straight to the source.
Egyptian gods are fascinating and aesthetically pleasing, making them a natural choice for tattoo enthusiasts.
Osiris is one of the most well known Egyptian deities.
His associations are with death, rebirth, natural cycles, and fertility.
Some are confused by Osiris because of the duality in his nature.
He is King of the Underworld in ancient Egyptian mythology.
But people also pray to him for matters involving fertility and new life.
This may seem strange, but for someone with a deep connection to nature, it only makes sense.
Everything in nature has its cycle.
Animals hibernate over the winter, vegetation dies and is reborn.
This is a necessary step to welcome fresh new life into the world.
In a spiritual sense, there are times for rest and retreat as well as times for activity and renewal.
The story behind the god Osiris is really an allegory for the natural cycles we all live by.
This somewhat gruesome myth starts with Osiris and his sister, Isis.
We remember Isis from earlier as Cleopatra’s favorite goddess.
Legend has it that Isis and Osiris, brother and sister, once lived on earth and ruled Egypt together.
Just like any other rulers of Egypt, they married within the family to keep the royal bloodline.
Seth, their brother, was jealous of Osiris and all his power.
He not only murdered his brother, he tore him into 14 pieces and scattered them across Egypt.
Hearing about this betrayal, Isis and her fourth sibling, Nephthys, sprung into action.
They searched everywhere for the pieces of Osiris, then bound him together.
This is said to be the origin of Egypt’s mummification traditions.
After Osiris was bound together, Isis was able to bring him back to life.
They had a son, Horus, who Isis hid from Seth.
The boy was later able to get revenge on his murderous uncle.
Osiris Tattoo Meanings
An Osiris tattoo is not a decision to take lightly.
He’s the god of gods, and will be a very powerful presence in your life.
People generally get Osiris tattoos for one of two reasons:
Do you identify with the idea of coming back to life?
Maybe you’ve recently had a difficult experience where you had to re-define your values.
An Osiris tattoo may be a good choice!
The ancient Egyptian spiritual structure is based largely on celestial structures.
The moon and the sun are important figures in this belief system.
The moon travels through the sky in two 14 day cycles, which is why Osiris was torn into 14 pieces.
He then dies for 3 days, the exact amount of time the moon goes dark before re-emerging/being resurrected.
If you have a special connection with the moon, this may be the ancient Egyptian tattoo for you.
Goddess Isis Tattoos
Isis is more than Osiris’s sister and Horus’s mother.
She is a divine enchantress.
There’s a reason Cleopatra was so drawn to this winged goddess.
Her image is still popular in many pagan belief systems today.
She also has fans in the celebrity world: Rihanna has an Isis tattoo on her chest in memory of her late grandmother.
Isis Tattoo Meanings
The story of Osiris is not the only one where Isis can bring someone back to life.
In one story, she goes into hiding to save the infant Horus from his bloodthirsty uncle.
She travels to a small village with seven scorpions.
Because she is disguised as a humble beggar, she is rejected by a rich woman in the village.
When Isis is taken in by a poor village woman, the scorpions get revenge on the person who refused the goddess.
They combine all their venom into one scorpion, who sneaks off into the night to sting the woman’s son.
When Isis finds out what has happened, she rushes to the boy’s aid and recites a powerful incantation.
The spell removes the venom, and he recovers.
This forces the rich woman to re-examine her prejudice.
She apologizes profusely to the goddess and offers to give up all her money.
Isis leaves the village with her spell to avoid future scorpion attacks.
She is not a vengeful god.
She is forgiving and generous.
Isis is a symbol of healing, magic, and wisdom beyond measure.
She is often used as a symbol of maternal love and fertility.
Thanks to her associations with sun energy, cows & cow’s milk- Hathor is ultimately a maternal figure.
You may get a Hathor tattoo if you want to honor your Egyptian heritage and/or the women in your life, such as a long-term partner or mother.
She is a symbol of fertility, femininity, and motherly nurturing.
Hathor is often depicted with large wings, though these are more commonly attributed to Isis.
You may also want a Hathor tattoo as a woman who gets things done while taking care of the people who matter most.
A Hathor tattoo is something you don’t see every day, so it can be a nice unique tattoo piece for Egyptian people, art scholars, and history buffs alike.
Because she is ultimately the goddess of love, beauty, and divine motherhood- you will be able to find a version of Hathor in most traditions.
Thoth, like other Egyptian gods and goddesses, is most often depicted as having an animal’s head with a human’s body.
At times a Thoth tattoo is depicted as a baboon, and even then he will be holding a crescent moon.
Thoth being born so unconventionally and having an association with the moon gives him a somewhat gender-fluid nature.
He can be a wonderful guide to someone who feels betwixt or anyone who wants to find a balance between their masculine and feminine side.
Thanks to this god’s creative influence, there is a number of styles a Thoth tattoo may come in.
Most traditionally would be either an ancient Egyptian art style or in other cases portraiture.
The most common choice is to portray Thoth as a bird-headed man, others may choose an ibis or a baboon.
In ancient mythologies, he also works as a record keeper for the gods and is credited with bestowing the gift of the written word on humanity.
If you are looking to get a Thoth tattoo, there are so many ways you can approach it.
Egyptian Tattoo Symbols
Some Egyptian symbols look great on their own or can accompany other Egyptian tattoo images, including:
Eye of Horus Tattoos
Crook & Flail Tattoos
The pyramids are such an amazing feat, people are still theorizing how the Egyptians built them.
A pyramid tattoo can be a symbol of great human achievements.
In the mystical sense, pyramids are triangular, symbolizing the element of fire.
They amplify and raise energy.
Be sure to balance yourself out with some water, air, or earth energy!
Giza’s great pyramid and sphinx is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
The Sphinx has the head of a Pharaoh with the body of a lion.
The lion is associated with Sekhmet, daughter of the sun god Ra.
The potent combination of a solar deity, the power of a lion, and the wisdom of a Pharaoh, make this a stunning symbol.
Like pyramid tattoos, it can symbolize great human achievements.
This Egyptian symbol as a tattoo can also symbolize great strength and power- wield it wisely!
Egyptian Tattoo Designs
Neo-traditional Egyptian Tattoos
Sketchy Egyptian Tattoos
Watercolor Egyptian Tattoos
Egyptian Tattoo Ideas
Egypt’s ancient imagery is so beautiful, it’s no wonder it has inspired so much art.
If you approach these symbols respectfully, they can make beautiful tattoos.
Stuck on ideas? Check out our gallery for some Egyptian inspiration!
Egyptian Sleeve Tattoos
Large-scale Egyptian Tattoos
Egyptian Skull Tattoos
Black & Grey Egyptian Tattoos
The popularity of Egyptian god and goddess tattoos may seem strange, but ancient Egyptian art and spirituality have an undeniable appeal.
The images are lush and ornate, the stories are exciting, and the ideas are less dogmatic and binary gendered than more mainstream belief systems.
Egyptian Tattoos – The Ultimate Guide for Egyptian Tattoo Designs, Ideas and Meanings
The designs of the modern Egyptian tattoos are based on ancient Egyptian symbols, images of Egyptian gods and goddess, kings and queens, and animals.
When we think of civilization we think of Egypt. Egyptian Civilization was filled with mysteries and a great deal of spirituality. The mythology and the culture of ancient Egypt was an important part of Egyptian civilization which still fascinates people. The hieroglyphics tells us a lot about the Egyptian culture during the age of Pharaohs.
Lot of people these are getting Egyptian Tattoos fascinated by the deep meanings, stories and their beautiful designs. If you are thinking of getting an Egyptian Tattoo or already got one then this article will help you understand the meanings and history of Egyptian Tattoos.
Meaning of Ankh tattoo
Ankh tattoo is one of the most common Egyptian tattoos. Ankh tattoo is for both men and women. Ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol that represents eternal life. It also symbolizes the union of female and male energy, particularly the union of Osiris and Isis which was believed to flood the Nile river that brought fertility to Egypt. That is the reason the Ankh is also called the Key of the Nile or the Key of Life.
In ancient Egypt the Egyptians saw Ankh as a symbol of hope for eternal life. So, even the Egyptian slaves used to wear a little wooden Ankh around their neck hoping for an eternal life after death.
Because of Ankh’s visual similarity to the reproductive organs of a woman some people believe that the crown of the Ankh represents the womb, two stems being the fallopian tubes and the shaft represents the birth canal.
Ankh Tattoo Designs
Meaning of The Eye of Horus (Egyptian eye tattoo)
The mysterious eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol used for protection against evil spirits, good health, healing and royal power. In the ancient Egypt the sailors would often paint the Eye on the bow of their boats for protection. For the safety in afterlife, Pharaohs used the symbol on the jewelry before burying the dead bodies and also marked the tombs with it.
According to the myth, Set (bother of Osiris) gouged Horus’s left eye out during a battle for Osiris’s throne. With the help of Thoth, Horus was able to regain the eye and offered it to his dead father Osiris with the hope that it would restore his life and that’s why the Eye of Horus symbolizes sacrifice, healing, restoration and protection.
The eye of Horus is very iconic and can be seen in modern pop culture in instances such as Katy Perry’s music videos, modern tattoos and celebrity necklaces.
The eye of Horus tattoo symbolizes protection, safety and security.
The Eye of Horus Tattoo Designs
Meaning of Sphinx tattoos
The Great Sphinx of Giza is the largest monolithic statue in the world. It is commonly believed that The Sphinx had been built by the ancient Egyptians of the old kingdom during the reign of Pharaoh Khafra well over 4000 years ago. The Sphinx is a mythological creature that featured in Greek, Egyptian and Persian legend. The Egyptian Sphinx had the head of a human and the body of a lion.
The Sphinx was considered as a Guardian of the temples and that is why the Egyptians built statues of Sphinx to guard the important places like tombs and temples.
Sphinx tattoos symbolizes protection.
Sphinx Tattoo Designs
Hieroglyphics is one of the world’s oldest writing systems. In Hieroglyphics pictures are used instead of letters. Till today People still find them aesthetically pleasing and intriguing. They carry such a mystery that even a simple name would make an interesting tattoo.
How do you read Hieroglyphics?
When you use pictures in your hieroglyphics tattoos, you can write them from left to right, right to left or vertically. Just make sure they’re facing the proper direction if you want them read right to left.
- Images that face the left mean the word or phrase should be read from left to right.
- Images that face right signal to read from right to left.
There is no particular meaning of Hieroglyphics tattoos. They are as same as any other letter tattoos.
Hieroglyphics Tattoo Designs
Meaning of Pyramid tattoos
Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Pyramids are actually massive tombs. The Pharaohsbelieved that the death is an extension to a journey towards eternal life and to become alive again in the after-world the spirit needs to find and recognize its body. Because of that belief the Pharaohs built the Pyramids to preserve and protect their deceased bodies. So, the pyramids were seen as a symbol of strength and protection and also the stairway to heaven.
It is a marvel of human engineering but considering the time that these Pyramids were built, many people these days believe that the Pharaohs used Alien technology or used Alien’s help to build the pyramids. That is why many Pyramid tattoos are incorporated with Aliens and UFOs.
Even though the Pyramid tattoos are not considered very popular but they are very interesting. People incorporate other Egyptian symbols with the image of pyramids and create unique pyramid tattoos.
Pyramid Tattoo Designs
The meaning of Egyptian God and Goddess tattoos lies in their stories and their powers. Most followed Egyptian god and goddess tattoos are below:
According to the Egyptian mythology, Osiris is the god of resurrection, underworld and judge of the dead. Osiris was the first son of the earth god Geband the sky goddess Nut. The name ‘Osiris’ came from the latinized form of the Egyptian word ‘Usir’ which means Powerful or Mighty. Osiris was worshiped as the god of fertility, sprouting and vegetation.
In the ancient Egypt people believed when someone dies, they are brought in front of Osiris for judgment. So many people get Osiris tattoo to show him respect as the god of afterlife.
Egyptian God Osiris Tattoo Designs
Isiswas the goddess of fertility, motherhood and Magic. Isis was a protective goddess. She used powerful magic spells to help the people in need. Isis was the wife of Osiris and the mother of Horus. Since each pharaoh was considered as the living Horus, she was regarded as the mother and protector of the Pharaohs. She is depicted with winged arms and bowing under the moons. Some believed she was also the goddess of health, marriage and wisdom.
Egyptian Goddess Isis Tattoo Designs
Horusis one of the most significant ancient Egyptian deities. Horus was the son of Osiris and Isis. According to the Egyptian mythology Horus is the god of Sky and War. He was often depicted as a falcon, most likely a Lanner falcon or Peregrine falcon or as a man with a falcon head. He is known as the protector of the Rulers of Egypt.
Egyptian God Horus Tattoo Designs
Anubisis perhaps one of the most recognizable gods in the Egyptian temples and called the god of embalming and mummification. The first ever mentions of Anubis were found in the ancient texts as well as in some ancient tombs of the old kingdom where he was seen as the Guardian and protector of the dead. He is commonly depicted with a Jackal’s head and a man’s body. When Osiris was murdered by his brother Set, Anubis embalmed Osiris and mummified his corpse. This preservation later passed on to the people of ancient Egypt. People believed if the corpse wasn’t mummified properly then Anubis would come dig up the corpse and eat it. In the underworld he is also the keeper of the scale. He guides the dead through the underworld to the Hall of truth for judgment where he weighs the heart of the dead against the Maat (truth, often represent as an ostrich feather) to decide the final destiny of the soul.
Egyptian God Anubis Tattoo Designs
There are many Gods and Goddesses in Egyptian mythology whose depiction has changed over time and Bastetis a great example of this. She is often thought of today as the cat goddess. Her original name was Bass. The earliest depictions of Bastet did not show her as half cat half woman but rather a woman with the head of a lion. Bastet was the daughter of Ra. Over the years Bastet’s physical appearance changed to a domestic cat and she became the goddess of the home, fertility, childbirths and cats. With cats being considered as protectors of the home in Egyptian mythology, images of Bastet can be found scattered throughout the house believed to ward away the evil spirits and diseases particularly those that would affect women and children. That is why Bastet is called the goddess of protection. Bastet tattoos are very popular among the women.
Egyptian Goddess Bastet Tattoo Designs
Tutankhamunor King Tut in modern times is the most famous of the Pharaohs. He became king at age 9 and died at age of 19. His body was found buried in the Valley of the kings. Tutankhamun mask tattoo is probably one of the most popular and only Pharaoh tattoos. Tattoos of king Tutankhamun represents power and leadership.
Egyptian King Tutankhamun Tattoo Designs
Nefertitiis one of the most fascinating Egyptian rulers in history. She was a queen but also a priestess. Nefertiti is best known for her famine beauty and power. Queen Nefertiti incorporates feminine power and progress.
Egyptian Queen Nefertiti Tattoo Designs
Cleopatra the seventh queen of the ancient Egypt is one of the most famous and perhaps the most powerful female ruler in the history. She always claimed that she was the goddess Isis herself. Cleopatra’s beauty has been admired and very debatable but her beauty wasn’t her only defining feature. She was fluent in native Greek, Egyptian and as many as seven other languages. She also possessed the knowledge of mathematics, physics and philosophy.
Egyptian Queen Cleopatra Tattoo Designs
Egyptian cat tattoo
Cats were given extreme importance in ancient Egypt and were worshiped by the ancient Egyptians. They used to believe that the cats were sacred animals with magical powers and keeping a cat in the house would bring good luck and protect the house. Most Egyptian cat tattoo is very popular among women as Egyptian cat tattoos symbolize fertility and motherhood.
Egyptian Cat Tattoo Designs
16 Symbolic Anubis Tattoos
The Meaning of Anubis in the Mythology
In Egyptian mythology Anubis is revered as the god of death and the afterlife, as well as the guardian of lost souls, children and the misfortunate.
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The name Anubis has its roots in the Greek language, originally stemming from the Egyptian “Anpu” which means “to decay”. Anubis is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphs as a man with the head of a canine or jackal.
It is believed that this canine form was chosen to ward off the wild dogs known to dig up the graves of the dead during ancient times.
The visual representation of Anubis works in many ways to symbolize the concept of regeneration and spiritual protection.
Anubis’s head was traditionally shown as black in color which represented his association with death and the afterlife. While ancient Egyptians recognized black as the color of decay, they also connected it to the fertile soils of the Nile which represented rebirth and life. In this way, the color black worked to symbolize the concept of “life after death”.
Anubis is considered to be one of the oldest gods in Egyptian mythology and while his role has shifted depending on context and time period, he is most commonly associated with mummification, guarding the dead and the resurrection of the soul to the afterlife.
He was believed to hold within him the mysteries of life and death, and to assist in the process of weighing a soul’s heart against that of the “feather of truth”. This mystical process was believed to determine which souls had earned access to the afterlife and which would be devoured by the goddess Ammit.
Though Anubis’s most popular role was associated with the transition from this life to the next, he was also known to fiercely protect the graves of the dead from the living.
In Egyptian mythology Anubis is notorious for his victorious battle against his evil father Set (also referred to as “Seth”), the God of chaos and trickery. It was believed that in his war against Set, Anubis had branded his skin with a hot iron, a story which was later believed to explain why the leopard’s skin was adorned with spots.
Anubis was said to have then flayed Set, wearing his spotted skin as a warning to those who dared to disrupt the graves of the deceased. Priests who worked with the dead in ancient Egypt were known to wear leopard skin as a way to pay homage to Anubis’s victory over evil.
The Meaning of Anubis Tattoos
An Anubis tattoos meaning can vary widely depending on the wearer. Some choose to adorn their body with the symbol of Anubis in remembrance of a loved one’s crossing over.
Others choose the symbol to express their spiritual beliefs regarding the afterlife, or as a token of protection against evil doers and agents of chaos and disorder.
Some view their Anubis tattoos as symbols of death’s duality, giving way to the idea that a physical death is just a transition into a new form of life.
Regardless of the personal meaning behind this powerful symbol, Anubis in his many depictions works to create an amazing Egyptian inspired tattoo rich with possible interpretations and spiritual depth.
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Depending on the design motif you choose, your Anubis tattoo can be easily altered to convey your own personal connection to the God of the Underworld! Anubis can be depicted holding the golden scale to symbolize purity of spirit, or for those seeking to wear a tattoo that wards against evil, Anubis wearing leopard skin is also an excellent choice!
Top Placements for Anubis Tattoos
Anubis Hand Tattoo
Anubis hand tattoos work wonderfully to showcase the detailed head of the God of Death and the Afterlife.
Many have chosen to include the Egyptian symbol of the “ankh” within this design, an ancient Egyptian symbol which represents the key to eternal life.
Anubis Forearm Tattoo
If you’re looking for a larger piece, an Anubis forearm tattoo is a perfect placement to bring more detail to the design.
Many have chosen to include the Egyptian “crook and flail” within this design, a symbol representing the principles of mercy and severity, or in other words, spiritual notions of guidance and transcendence through struggle.
The forearm offers a prime landscape to incorporate more unique and personalized symbols within the design and can work as an excellent start to a sleeve!
Anubis Head Tattoo
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, or you’re rocking a shaved or partially shaved hair style, an Anubis head tattoo can be a really fun placement!
This is great for simpler designs focusing on the fierce jackal head of the ancient god.
Anubis Back Tattoo
For those seeking inspiration for a big piece, Anubis back tattoos really comes to life thanks to the large size of the canvas. With ample space to illustrate your design, Anubis back pieces can be used to vividly depict a plethora of stories within Egyptian mythology.
One popular choice for Anubis back tattoos features Anubis alongside the Egyptian god of the sky, Horus. Both Anubis and Horus were known enemies of the treacherous god Set.
Tattoos featuring both of these gods side by side could be interpreted as symbols of protection against evil, and embodiments of the spirit world.
Egyptian mythology is rich with stories to choose from when designing your Anubis tattoo, and there is no better placement for detailed story telling than a large back piece!
Anubis Legs Tattoo
Although Anubis designs can work anywhere on the body, the legs are another prime option for Anubis tattoo placement! The side or back of the leg works well to bring life to your unique vision.
If you’re looking to incorporate other Egyptian gods and goddesses, the back of the legs is a perfect place to display the images side by side.
Anubis and Osiris tattoos have become popular as a way to represent the concepts of death and rebirth. In Egyptian mythology Osiris was brutally murdered by his brother Set. Afterwards, Anubis reassembled Osiris’s body and brought him to the afterlife.
It was after this process that Osiris took over Anubis’s role as god of the underworld, although they continued to work side by side.
Exploring the different roles of the gods and their relation to one another can inspire a truly unique tattoo that works perfectly on the legs.
“Eye of Anubis” Tattoos
Many of us are familiar with the “eye of Horus” tattoo design, but little known is about this symbols connection to the god Anubis.
The eye of Horus was used in ancient Egypt as a symbol of protection, good health and royal power, commonly displayed on amulets, sarcophaguses and the tombs of the dead. This symbol was believed to offer the soul safe passageway into the next life.
In this way, we can see how this symbol has become associated with Anubis, the ruler of the afterlife and god of mummification.
The personal meaning for an “eye of Anubis” tattoo can vary depending on the wearer. It can easily be used as a token of protection, a symbol of transcendence to another plane of existence, or a representation of the afterlife.
Horus and Anubis Tattoos
In Egyptian mythology, Horus is the half-brother of Anubis and the god of the sky. Horus is also associated with the sun and moon and considered to be the avenger of wrongs and defender of order.
Horus and Anubis tattoos take on a powerful symbolic meaning, as both have ties to the mysteries of what lies beyond this plane, and both are concerned with justice and protection from evil.
Many people have chosen to work various Egyptians symbols into tattoos featuring both Horus and Anubis, from images of pyramids to detailed ankhs and corresponding hieroglyphs. Both defeated the nefarious god Set in battle, which makes these symbols the perfect representation of “good vs evil”.
Whatever your personal take on these mystical beings, there is a plethora of mythology to choose from when creating your one of a kind Anubis and Horus tattoo!
More Anubis Tattoo Designs
Seeking more Anubis tattoo ideas? Whether you want a full color Anubis tattoo, or you're considering a black or tribal piece, we’ve got you covered. Check out our picks of the best Anubis tattoos below!
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Top 57 Egyptian Tattoo Ideas [2021 Inspiration Guide]
When you think of Egypt perhaps the first thing that comes to mind for most are the pyramids or even the Great Sphinx. However, it extends far beyond the monuments, ancient Egypt is the said to be the framework for civilization.
If there’s one thing the Egyptians mastered aside from moving massive stones that still dumbfound us, it’s organization.
From religion to writing, government and more, the historical significance continues to be studied today. However, when it comes to symbolism and meanings, they are virtually quite endless.
For starters there’s the gods like Isis, who’s renowned for magical seductive and also the daughter or Ra. If you’re not familiar with Ra, it is the god of the sun and associated warm weather. Next, there is Osiris, the first Pharaoh, who’s queen is of course, Isis.
Gods and goddesses aside, many tattoos tend to feature royal headpieces and spiritual symbols.
For instance, the Egyptians believed deeply in life after death, with the ankh representing eternal life and safe passage. Even the dung beetle, called the scarab served as a unique symbol of rebirth. As an insect of impulsiveness, it makes sense when you consider it would appear when the time was deemed right.
There’s also the Ba, a decorated bird that represents relentless perseverance and personality. After flying away during the daytime to work, it seemingly always would return come nightfall. Ancient Egyptians had attributed it to the protection of a youthful appearance after death.
Yet two of the most popular designs you’ll see today often include the Eye of Horus and the Sphinx. The Eye of Horus was more than just the “all-seeing eye”, it was a symbol for protection, good health and royal power. It stems from Horus, the ancient Egyptian sky god, otherwise described as the falcon. Now, for the Sphinx, the meaning isn’t quite as clear. It’s been said to be a guardian to the buried king who rested in the nearby pyramid.
There’s also the mummy, pyramid and pharaoh, each of which you’ll discover in top 60 best Egyptian tattoos for men. From stone monuments to ancient symbols that bewilder, these tattoo designs and ideas are sure to leave you inspired.
Egyptian Tattoo Ideas
This is a nicely articulated Egyptian style chest tattoo that features the Pyramids of Giza above, while below is a picture of Ma’at. Ma’at is the Goddess of truth, justice, and the cosmic order. The feather in her headdress is an ostrich feather. The shading in this piece is quite gaudy but does a good job of linking the imagery together.
Wow. This is a wicked Egyptian tattoo that is etched with Polynesian tribal techniques. The degree of detail in the shading of this piece is astounding – there would have to have been at least five sessions to make up the time taken to ink the sleeve. In Ancient Egypt the Scarab was key part of funerary rites and symbolized the circle of life, and immortality.
Anubis, Jackal headed God responsible for dressing the dead, and former lord of the Egyptian Underworld who was replaced by Osiris. This new wave style tattoo features an epic array of ink colors to project the fantastical in both the God and his surrounds. The representative color reflection in Anubis’ burnished armor adds to the prestige of the artwork, showing off the skills of the artist.
This blackwork tattoo of the boy King Tutankhamun effectively uses degrees of shadow to replicate the features of his funeral mask. The artist works well within the limited space to mesh the new work with the subject’s previous tattoos.
A nice cartoonish style Egyptian tattoo featuring popular symbols the ankh, Egyptian Triangle, and Eye of Horus. The key to the quality of this piece is well-executed black linework supported by gray shading. The ankh was the Egyptian hieroglyph representing life, or more accurately, “the Breath of Life.” The triangle was used in surveying and is believed to be the origin of the Pythagorean triangle. The eye of Horus, which remains popular in Egypt today, symbolizes rebirth, regeneration and protection.
This the tattoo version of the guy from the History Channel that thinks every keystone event was caused by aliens. It’s an epic piece of abstract new wave style. The balance of color, shade, and line work for such a small tattoo is packed in with expert skill.
The artist deftly shades and emphasizes the key elements of teeth, beard, and snake then contrasts it with precise black and gray shading of the headdress lightened by clever use of negative space throughout to avoid making the artwork overwrought and too dark.
Nice inside forearm tattoo. This traditional Egyptian sarcophagus is well drawn by the artist, utilizing clear, crisp line work and an understated color pattern to make the coffin’s beautiful cover. Broadening the image with numerous simple hieroglyphs is a nice added touch.
This incomplete pharaoh piece is rounding into a nice Egyptian tattoo. The shading is simple, opting to use a solid gray ink in addition to regular blackwork shading techniques when filling out the image.
Ancient Egypt meets Slayer in this killer mummy tattoo. It’s a heavy tattoo, thick of line and black of shading, but there are elements of white highlight helping to keep it from becoming a blobby mess. And rendering the artwork ineffective.
Here is another King Tutt chest piece. The funky head band is known as a Uraeus. In this version the serpent is representative of Wadjet, one of the protective Goddesses of Lower Egypt.
Focus on the crook and flail in this excellent Pharaoh tattoo. Notice how by adding white ink to the slightly deeper, crisper black of the line work this makes them pop in comparison to the rest of the image. It’s a cool technique the artist has used to make a bit of visual trickery in the art. The crook and flail are emblematic of pharaonic authority first linked to the God Osiris.
This bad ass black and gray tattoo is chock full of cool references to Ancient Egypt. There’s Nefertiti, the wife of rebel King Akhenaten who was described as the most beautiful woman in the world, the gods Horus (falcon) and Set (beast), who battled against each other for 80 years. There’s also an Eye of Horus, the scarab, and the Pyramids of Giza. Not bad content for a half sleeve tattoo.
This is a nice King Tutt. Super imposing a stylized Eye of Horus in place of the pharaohs eye is a nice touch that makes it standout in comparison to other similar works, as does the flawless line/shadow work in the headdress.
Are you ready to rumble? This is either Horus versus Set on tattooed flesh, or a battle of the band’s poster. The artist has skilfully applied shading effects to make the pending battle look like the cracking of a stone tablet.
The simple highlights used by incorporating white ink into the line work prevents this Egyptian tattoo from being too dark and overdone.
This is a clever half sleeve add-on. The Eye of Horus in this piece has been depicted to look like the falcon’s eye (Horus had the head of a falcon) and is drawn with exquisite skill. There are similar columns to those on the Colonnade of Amenhotep III at Luxor Temple. All of this has been added to build and enhance the original tattoo, which is Queen Cleopatra wearing an elegantly decorated crown.
One of the few scarab tattoos to sport a version of the little beetle carrying its own dung. Part of the circle of life, and all that. The darkness of the ink in this piece is alleviated a little by using white ink in outlines. It’s nicely detailed throughout.
What a cool lower arm sleeve. This art features the Sphinx, the mythical creature protecting the Pharaohs tomb at the Great Pyramids of Giza. The tattoo is positioned in an interesting fashion horizontally along the subject’s arm, but there’s exceptional negative space and shadow work combining to strengthen the image. Just for reference, the Pyramid with the ice cream cone on top is the Pyramid of Khafre. Khafre is also believed to have built the Sphinx after his pyramid in the 4th Dynasty. In this tattoo the Sphinx has a nose, however the original lost his in around 1000AD.
This new wave Egyptian tattoo cleanly separates the abstract from realism in stunning fashion. The beautiful constellations, bright purple and fiery orange color are fantastic, but are somehow upstaged by the clarity of detail found in the brickwork of the Sphinx and three Pyramids. This is an epic tattoo!
This sleeve is beautifully balanced in the fine facial features. It’s well complemented by crisp black and gray shading. It’s an expensive piece of artwork, but by the looks of things it’s a lot cheaper than the watch the subject is wearing on his wrist.
Elements of this piece are excellent however the overall space and line work give the Pharoah a bit too much of a moon face. If the jaw line was just a little bit longer the image would make for a better overall tattoo. The serpent of the Uraeus and the braid work of the pharaoh’s beard are both well inked.
This is a bad ass mummy you’d be extremely unlikely to replicate for your office Halloween party. Despite being very dark, the linework and shading is clear, concise, and flawlessly executed. The clarity of the torn material is realistic enough that you’d scratch and sniff it to check how nasty it was. This is an expert piece of tattoo art.
This is a rare dotwork style tattoo depicting an Egyptian pharaoh, and creates shading colors much different to those found on more traditional works of gray and black. In this piece, the Uraeus features a vulture symbolizes Nekhbet, an ancient protective goddess representative of Upper Egypt.
This is likely a tattoo of Set (or Seth). Set was a major Egyptian God who symbolized chaos and battle. He can sometimes be mistaken for Anubis (and may be here!), the funerary god with the head of a jackal. Nobody has been quite able to figure out exactly the type of beast that represents Set, settling to describe it as a ‘beast’ of a composite nature.
If they used this version of the mummy in those Brendan Fraser films from the early 2000s, more teenaged kids would have developed terrible sleep disorders. There’s excellent shade technique deployed right through this Egyptian tattoo, especially in the jaundiced eyes of the mummy and by the jewelled necklace it wears.
This is a beautifully realized 3D variation on the Eye of Horus. It’s drawn with great skill, however the part that draws you in most is the deep detailed darkness of her eyeball. There’s just a small amount of gray ink and white flecked through to make it look amazing inside that sphere.
Having seen the golden facemask of Tutankhamun up close and in person (humblebrag) this is the black and white photo version. This tattoo does a truly outstanding job of making it seem that the tattoo is, in fact, burnished gold. It’s tremendously executed..
This eye looks like it has been plucked from some person’s socket, photographed, then put back in. The artist has done a remarkable job putting this into a hand tattoo, it’s sharp, clear, and has the realistic wetness of a real orb. It’s almost like it’s been stuck over the top of the bordering pyramid, which to be honest seems underwhelming when compared to the eye.
Though Egyptian mythology tattoo art is incredibly complex with many deities, the Anubis tattoo is one of the main players.
You’ve likely seen Anubis’s image in pop culture without even realizing it.
Because of his popularity and what he symbolizes, Anubis is a popular tattoo choice.
No matter how far we hurdle into the future, we will always be looking to our ancient ancestors for inspiration.
The ancient Egyptian gods and their elaborate stories are such a source of fascination for so many people.
Getting a tattoo of an Egyptian god can be because that god resonates with you, but for some, it’s just because it looks cool.
Who is Anubis?
If you are going to get an Anubis tattoo, you should probably look into what it means first.
The art you choose may not mean anything to you, but remember- it once meant something to someone.
It’s best to pay homage to the history behind something you admire by reading about it.
It can only serve to deepen your level of appreciation.
Anubis is a deity of the final exit.
Not everyone spends a lot of time thinking about the end of life, but every culture has theories about it.
To the ancient Egyptians, the loss of life was equally as important as life.
This is because of the importance Egyptians saw in living an ordered and balanced life, and practicing honor and truth in your every day.
This principle was known as “Maat.”
Anubis presides over the underworld.
He was originally thought to be the ruler of the underworld, but in later mythologies was demoted in favor of Osiris.
Anubis then took over the administrative duties of the underworld as Osiris’s assistant.
Anubis was said to overlook embalming ceremonies.
As someone who knew the afterlife very well, he could guide the process in the right direction.
One of Anubis’s duties was to weigh the heart of a person trying to enter the afterlife.
This is why, when mummifying someone, the Egyptians would remove all organs but the heart.
It was believed that a soul would travel through different trials in the underworld, which included having their heart weighed in the Hall of Truth.
The heart was weighed against “the feather of Maat,” and the ideal outcome would be for the scales to balance.
If the scales balanced, or if the heart was light, the person could enter.
If not, the person and their soul would cease to exist.
The heart is then dumped on the floor and eaten by a god with the head of a crocodile.
In Ancient Egyptian Religion, there is no hell.
But ceasing to exist was thought of as a horrible thing.
Anubis Tattoo Meaning
Because Anubis weighs people’s hearts in the underworld, you may get an Anubis tattoo as a reminder to live a fair and just life in the service of others and your community.
An Anubis tattoo can also be a symbol of protection.
Some people opt for an Anubis tattoo on their back as a sign that the god is “watching their back.”
You may also like Anubis as a tattoo if you work as an embalmer or have a unique relationship with the final departure.
Common Themes in Anubis Tattoos
People typically get Anubis’s head in a sort of bust tattoo design, but you may decide you like the look of his full body as depicted in Egyptian art.
There are no rules with an Anubis tattoo, though many people go for either black and grey tattoo style or the traditional colors used in Egyptian paintings.
Many people go for a mix of modern and ancient with a traditional Anubis design, but a hyper-realistic portrait tattoo for the jackal’s face.
Some get an Anubis tattoo as a memorial for their deceased pets and will replace Anubis’s face with their own pooch.
Eye of Horus & Anubis Tattoos
The Eye of Horus originates from Egypt and is a well-known symbol of royal power, protection, and good health.
Horus was an ancient god from Egypt.
Being that Horus is a sky god, it only fits that its depiction is a falcon.
Horus’ right eye, often found with a teardrop marking underneath it, was displayed on tombs because the Ancient Egyptians believed the symbol offered a safe passageway to the afterlife.
Anubis was known in Egypt as the god of mummification and the ruler of the afterlife.
This is why you will find an Eye of Horus tattoo paired with Anubis tattoos.
Ankh & Anubis Tattoos
An Ankh tattoo is a famous Egyptian tattoo for both men and women.
Ankh is a symbol of eternal life and the hope for it; it can also represent the union of males and females.
Slaves were often found wearing a necklace with a wooden Ankh in hopes that after they pass on, they can live eternally.
There is no surprise that the god Anubis, ruler of the afterlife, and Ankh are seen tattooed together.
If you believe in the afterlife or are hopeful, there is something after this world; an Ankh and Anubis tattoo can be an excellent way to portray that.
Bastet & Anubis Tattoos
The Goddess Bastet’s appearance has morphed over time from a woman to a house cat.
The original sight of Bastet, daughter of the god Ra, was a woman with a lion’s head and is considered the Goddess of protection.
Throughout time, Egyptian mythology slowly changed Bastet into a half woman and half cat.
It comes as no surprise that Egyptians believe that a cat is the protector of your home, and it is common to find pictures in the hopes that Bastet would fight off evil spirits.
Bastet tattoos are popular among women, and there is no downside to having this famous lady feline embodied on your skin.
Anubis Tattoo Designs
An Anubis tattoo can be a really interesting choice, and will definitely turn some heads.
If you’re still weighing out the decision, why not take a look at our Anubis tattoo gallery?
It’s sure to give you some extra inspiration.
Anubis Tattoo Ideas
You have probably seen him, the vicious-looking dog god famously known in Egyptian Mythology.
Anubis is sort of a watchdog, watching over the souls as they travel into the afterlife.
The look of this protective canine is strong, menacing, and there is no way anyone will mess with his souls!
- Black & Grey Anubis Tattoos
Not everything striking needs to be in color.
Let Anubis the fierce protector of souls traveling to the afterlife, features do all of the talking and keep his ink black and grey.
His strong, furious illustration is enough to stop anybody in their tracks.
Yes, an Anubis tattoo usually is depicted on a large scale, but that doesn’t mean a smaller Anubis is out of the question.
Seek an artist that can still display this ferocious god on a smaller scale without taking away from their distinctive features.
There are several different tattoo styles of the Anubis that can be portrayed perfectly on a smaller scale.
An Anubis tattoo is known for its intricate details, which is what makes them look so menacing.
An Anubis tattoo is widely popular, so there are various and simpler styles that have developed over time.
Why not try out a simple take on an Anubis?
An Anubis tattoo might not be large enough to scale completely down your limb, but luckily Anubis tattoos go well with other Egyptian Mythology symbols, Gods, Goddesses.
Pair up your frightening God of the afterlife with an afterlife symbol to complete your sleeve.
- Anubis Tattoo Half Sleeves
If you are not looking to commit to a complete sleeve, a half sleeve is still a perfect canvas for an Anubis tattoo.
You can add some elements from Egypt, like pyramids and the dessert, to bring the whole design together.
You also have the option of being able to cover up your tattoo easily, if that is a concern.
Anubis Tattoo Placement
An Anubis is the God of the afterlife.
His job is to protect and guide the souls that are trying to pass over, and he will stop any threat that tries to get in his way if need be.
Anubis has your back, so why not consider tattooing him on your back to portray that symbolism.
If you are not afraid of showing off your ink for any occasion, then your hand is a great placement for your next tattoo.
An Anubis tattoo is a great conversation starter for those who do not know the meaning behind this ferocious canine and your hand will showcase your artwork well.
- Anubis Tattoos on Forearm
Do you want the ability to roll up your sleeves to show off your tatted skin, and the option to cover them up effortlessly?
Your forearm is the perfect spot to do just that!
Your forearm is a great home for the protective Anubis and easily visible to remind you, it has your back!
An Anubis tattoo portrays many qualities.
This afterlife God is strong, confident, and protective of those he cares about most; his traveling souls.
One would be proud to have an Anubis inked on their chest.
It will make them stand tall and proud as they try to embody these alluring qualities.
As you know by now, an Anubis is a dog and its features are elongated because of its sheer powerful size.
Your calf is the perfect spot to showcase the Anubis in all of its glory.
Go with a tattoo in color or stick with a simple black and grey design, either way, your tattoo is sure to stand out!
You have read a lot about the protective Anubis, the god of mummification, and willing to do anything to ensure the safe travels of his souls into the afterlife.
The ruler of the afterlife is a distinctive design that will only enhance your tattoo collection and add as a conversation piece for the next event you attend!
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