What is viking tattoo? It is a modern visual interpretation inspired by the magic symbols of the mythology of the Germanic and Nordic peoples. When you say “viking”, do not imagine a big beefy mustache with a helmet on his head.
The Vikings did not even wear helmets! If you want a real tattoo Viking, you came across the right place. Zoom on the history of the mysterious Vikings and the meaning of some symbols from Northern cultures.
Viking tattoo: a work of art inspired by northern tales
Who were the Vikings?
It will not be wrong to say that Vikings are very mysterious historical characters. Finally, there are many clichés and stereotypes when talking about their historical role and especially, appearance. Indeed, even today we do not know certain details related to their history and their role in Europe from the seventh century to the eleventh century.
The Vikings, also called Norsemen translated Northern men were pirates, excellent warriors, explorers, looters and especially slave traders. What is known as Age of Vikings refers to a period extending from the seventh century to the eleventh century. They lived in Scandinavia and traveled a lot with beautiful, solid wooden ships.
What are the differences of the other Germanic peoples?
Word viking comes from old nordic, vik, Traducting by dock or creek which gave the origin of the word Vikingr (pirate). They also remained pagan in their beliefs unlike the rest of Christianized Europe.
For a long time the word Viking meant a trader, sometimes foreign, very well equipped, ready at any moment to become a warrior or a paillard if necessary.
The Vikings also believed that the power of man came with writing. They also had unusual body hygiene at the time compared to the rest of Europe. As we have already mentioned, few people know that Vikings did not wear helmets. Today, there are several illustrations of “vikings” wearing a helmet. Well, that’s wrong …
Did the Vikings have body tattoos?
If Nordic history is your passion (or you love the TV series) Vikings ), it is obvious that you want to decorate your body with a tattoo viking!
If you are really a big fan of the Vikings, you can tattoo a portrait of Viking on your back, arms, leg … But beware, do not forget that the Vikings did not wear helmets! And if you want to make a modern and minimalist Nordic tattoo, there are a variety of Nordic (and Germanic) symbols that are perfect for this.
We do not really know if the Vikings, themselves, had tattoos. Maybe yes maybe no …
The viking represents a historical character a bit mythical. The Vikings were great, brave and technical. Traders, they traveled a lot. Few people know that they were indeed slave traders. The latter also played the role of translator. If not, how can we negotiate and sell?
Now let’s see some symbols of Germanic and Nordic mythology that will make beautiful Viking tattoos. Just as their historical role, the interpretation, as well as the origin, of the symbols of Norse mythology, are not really defined and very clear. We still spotted some of the best known whose meaning is rather clear.
The Valknut: a Viking and Germanic tattoo at a time
The valknut is a figure composed of three interlaced triangles. Translated from the Norse, it means knot of the fallen or warriors killed. Some historians say that this figure symbolized power and freedom. This symbol is also associated with the German God Odin because it is found engraved on many Germanic tombs. The Vikings did not have graves. Indeed, the dead were “sent” to the sea in a boat with all their personal belongings.
Valknut is undoubtedly the most famous Germanic and Nordic symbol.
Here are some variations of Valknut viking tattoo: