If you are looking for an original tattoo that is related to Greek mythology then the Medusa tattoo might be for you.
Medusa is a female character in Greek mythology. She was a Gorgon and was the daughter of Ceto and Phorcys. She was certainly not considered beautiful, in fact her face seemed to resemble that of a terrible monster and instead of hair she had slimy and dark snakes. Anyone unfortunate enough to look her directly in the eye would have been instantly transformed into a stone statue. At the end of her story, Medusa was beheaded by Perseus.
This creature is a powerful emblem and was the inspiration for a wide variety of art, as well as in books, films and even video games. As a symbol, Medusa is still used today as the emblem of the flag of Sicily and in the coat of arms of the village of Dohalice in the Czech Republic.
For many scholars, the myth of Medusa is a metaphor for the terrifying and sometimes cruel nature that lives within us since birth that we are required to tame over time with the strength of our mind and conscience. For others, the myth has only a geographical and anthropomorphic significance; analyzing this perspective, Medusa gradually came to metaphorically represent the unexpected forces of nature and in this vision she was only an exotic queen or an Amazon conquered consequently by Perseus.
Medusa tattoo meanings
This is a visually impressive and deeply symbolic tattoo. In the end, your tattoo symbolizes what you want too. That said, below are the meanings that can be linked to the Medusa tattoo:
- Female power
- Life cycle
The snakes on Medusa’s head are said to represent the natural cycle of life, and is symbolized by birth and death. Some legends also tell that medusa actually had wings, from this detail comes the symbolism linked to freedom.
Variations of the Medusa Tattoo
Artistic tributes in his honor have spread over the centuries starting from the famous relief in the pediment of the Temple of Artemis in Corfu to the famous “Medusa” by Rondanini currently kept at the Glyptothek Museum in Munich, Germany. Also is the statue of Canova, the Perseus bronze by Cellini proudly showing the severed head of Medusa; in the painting there is “The Medusa” by Pieter Paul Rubens (1618), the “Medusa” by Caravaggio (1590) exhibited at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the “Medusa” by Arnold Böcklin (1878), and the “Pegasus” ingeniously played by Pablo Picasso.
Medusa is perfect for those who want an out-of-the-box tattoo, plus, the character actually lends itself to new arrangements. In legend, Medusa has a horrible face, so some tattoos give her the face of a monster. However, some choose to give her the face of an angel. It all depends on the meaning you connect to your jellyfish, its face can be realistic or cartoonish, drawn in color or in black ink.
Make sure you take the time to view all the different designs in this article. This can help you give a general idea of what is available. Also, you can collect tips and ideas for your own Medusa tattoo design.