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53 Gothic tattoos (and their meaning)

The term Gothic comes from a group of European tribes probably from Gotland, an island located opposite the coast of Denmark. But both the Gothic culture and the people who adopted this style and we know today are a reflection of a phenomenon that slowly emerged at the end of the Renaissance.

For many who are part of this group and who defend it, the word "gothic" implies something raw and barbaric that translates as tattoos representing the triangle of the legendary Illuminati group, the eye of Horus , the symbol of biological risk, skulls, coffins and various bad animals, such as spiders or snakes.

The cross designs, the pentagram, the crux ansata (Ankh) and the 666 are also very popular and some even use the inverted cross to symbolize death. The areas of the body where these options are tattooed are not exclusive: they can be arms, legs, shoulders and even the face.

Those who love this style explain that being Gothic is a way of expressing oneself freely and that gothics themselves are normal people, but with different points of view. However, the stereotypes that surround this subculture strongly associate it with Satanism, depression and evil.

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Attributes of Gothicism

The term "gothic" encompasses a large number of ideas and concepts.

It refers to an architectural style of the Middle Ages; to a style of obscure, romantic and very dramatic literature; a style of music that moved away from punk in the late 70s; to a style of dress, and even to a lifestyle. The term gothic can represent all these currents.

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Symbolic significance of Gothic tattoos

Gothism is often associated with strange, different or mysterious places, as well as threatening, sometimes violent, and occasionally sexually tempting events.

Gothic is thus very strongly linked to the moments of transition – between the medieval period and the Renaissance – or refers to radically different times. There is a strong mysterious affinity and a great connection between what is very modern and what is very ancient or archaic. If you are conservative and think that times change faster than you, this may be a perfect type of drawing to represent that feeling.

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Tattoos of Gothic symbols are quite popular all over the world, either because people who wear them want, somehow, to emphasize their atheism, either simply because they think these symbols are rendered very aesthetic and are interesting.

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