Egyptian, like many other tattoo designs from mythology or ancient cultures, are growing in popularity. It's all a part of the modern conception of tattoos - no longer limited to gangmembers, sailors or members of an underworld
subculture, tattoos are going mainstream. They are tasteful, socially acceptable, and a great way of exploring and utilizing art imagery from all over the world. Egyptian tattoos are beautiful and striking images from the ancient past.
Most of us have a fairly evolved concept of what Egyptian art looks like, and how it may be adapted to a modern tattoo design. On the other hand, most of us have no more than a generalized idea of what ancient Egyptian tattooing looked like. It appears that tattooing was not particularly widespread among the Egyptians, with one notable exception - some Egyptian women, from priestesses to princesses to dancers, were tattooed with a pattern of parallel
lines and shapes. We know this because of the fact that some of these women were mummified, which preserved the skin and the tattoos. These original Egyptian tattoos had a significance which, unfortunately, as been lost. Anthropologists are, however, grateful for this and other evidence that the elaborate Egyptian burial rituals have given us.
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Modern Egyptian tattoos consist of images that are taken from ancient Egyptian art, preserved as components of the pyramids and other structures. Ankh tattoos, for example, consist of an ancient symbol that's imbued with magical protection. An ankh is a cross symbol that predates the Christian cross by several thousand years; there is a rounded component at the top of the cross. It is the hieroglyphic symbol for 'life'. The ankh is a very versatile tattoo image; it can be small and discrete, or larger and quite dramatic. Like other 'symbol' tattoos, ankh tattoos look good on an ankle, upper arm or shoulder.
Phoenix tattoo designs show a large, black bird with outspread wings; this is a dramatic tattoo that looks great across the shoulders or lower back. Animal images were very important in Egyptian mythology, and Egyptian tattoos reflect this. Many of the animals in Egyptian imagery have magical powers; some are gods and goddesses. Think of Bastet, the Egyptian cat goddess, or the crocodile-headed god. These ancient deities come to us complete with a complex range of legends. Exploring Egyptian tattoos is a great way to immerse yourself in a particularly rich