Top 59 Greek Mythology Tattoo Ideas - [2021 Inspiration Guide] (2022)

When tattooing Greek mythology there are enough Gods, heroes, monsters, mortals and bad ass mythical creatures to make anyone’s head spin. The most popular Gods for tattoo design in Greek Mythology include: Zeus,Poseidon, Hermes, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, and Hades.

Other popular Greek tattoo designs often include reference to the great Greek Warrior Achilles, the King Sisyphus, Atlas, the Trojan War, plus elements of the Greek alphabet and Greek letter ideas popular with US college fraternities.

Read on for the top 59 best Greek tattoos, featuring remarkably talented tattoo art and imagery.

1. Greek Mythology Sleeve Tattoo Ideas

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For most people, getting tattoos is a process; as time goes on people collect more, slowly replacing blank skin for the black, gray and color designs that perfectly represent the style and sensibilities of the wearer. Sometimes these are loads of independent pieces of flash that are slowly incorporated into a larger composition, and sometimes they are large, complex pieces; full-sleeves fall into this category.

These full arm tattoos utilize the body’s natural lines to draw the eye up and down the entire tattoo, and the intriguing and dramatic stories from Greek mythology are the perfect subjects for such large canvases.

2. Greek Portraiture Tattoos

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Human beings are hardwired to focus on faces. The amount of information we deduce from the tiniest variations in a person’s countenance came about through our collective evolution and is one reason why portraiture is such a compelling art form.

Whether photo-realistic black and gray pieces or the more stylized interpretations of American traditional tattooing, portraits make for gripping designs and the myths, stories and fables of Ancient Greece are rife with dramatic material to draw from. The cast of characters, from gods and demi-gods, to monsters and ghouls, ensures the Greek mythos has a subject for almost everyone.

3. Greek Mythology Tattoos

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The upper arm has remained a popular spot for tattoos thanks to the broad surface area of a well-maintained bicep, as well as for the opportunity to hide interesting details in the area of the inner arm.

From tribal arm bands all the way to fully covered half sleeves, this part of the body allows the wearer to proudly display their work whenever they wear a tank top or hit the beach. When designs inspired by the tumultuous Greek mythology are applied to the upper arm, they make for some instantly recognizably eye-catching tattoos.

4. Hellenic Warrior Tattoos with Meaning

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The term Hellenic refers to the time after the conquest of Alexander the Great and deals with the spread and adoption of Greek culture. Hellenic actually means to imitate the Greeks. As their culture spread, so did the unmistakable depiction of Greek soldiers.

The typical Greek soldier, known as a hoplite, wore the characteristic helmet and carried a long spear and round shield. They were highly organized and fiercely loyal, traits that can be highlighted in these interesting tattoos. Their distinctive uniform and equipment make them excellent subjects for tattoos dedicated to the wearer’s warrior nature.

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5. Ancient Greek Classical Statue Tattoos

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Classical Greece was the period in Greek culture that lasted about 200 hundred years, (the 4th and 5th centuries BC) and was a time that saw the birth of much of what we consider Western Civilization. Architecture, philosophy, theatre and art sprung forth from this period of cultural development.

This also makes themes from this era a great pool to draw inspiration from. The Parthenon, marble busts and mythological creatures can all be used, and for these powerful images a black and gray approach perfectly captures the elegant nature of these subjects.

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6. Poseidon Illustration Tattoos

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The god of the sea, storms, earthquakes and horses, Poseidon was a petty and vengeful god and is considered the greediest of the gods of Olympus. His ill temperament aside, Poseidon makes a great subject for tattoos thanks to the dramatic nature of his visage as well as the ability to incorporate interesting elements from the stories and myths that describe this powerful god. Poseidon tattoos are a perfect choice for anyone that has strong connections to the ocean and its creatures and can use either vibrant colors or a black and gray approach successfully.

7. Greek Tattoos featuring Atlas

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Greek mythology is intricate and sometimes convoluted, and the story of Atlas and the Titans is a bit of both. The Titans were the first immortal offspring to be born out of Chaos, with their more famous siblings Zeus, Poseidon etc. coming later and becoming known as the Olympian Gods.

By far the most famous of these original Greek deities is Atlas, who was sentenced to hold up the world on his shoulders after the Titans lost the war between Zeus and the Olympians in the Titanomachy. Whether or not someone knows the ins and outs of Greek mythology, the dramatic image of Atlas holding the world on his shoulders is the perfect subject for Ancient Greek tattoo.

8. Ancient God Zeus Tattoos

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Zeus was the king of the Olympian Gods, who lived on Mt. Olympus and had power over lightning and the sky. He’s almost unstoppable as a Greek tattoo design.

What many people consider a stereotypical image of a god with a long white beard and flowing robes, chucking lightning bolts at those that do not obey him is actually a depiction of Zeus. He is the perfect subject for a tattoo artist to portray thanks to the opportunity he provides to create scenes full of drama and spectacle, as well as the ability to incorporate other Greek mythology tattoos into the art.

9. Medusa Tattoo Art

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Another instantly recognizable character from the Greek mythos is Medusa. This creature, known as a Gorgon, is usually depicted as a woman, often with wings and a head full of venomous snakes instead of hair.

She was once a powerful priestess of Athena who was punished after she broke her vow of celibacy and was cursed with writhing snakes for hair and green skin; anyone who gazed upon her face would instantly turn into a stone statue. Medusa’s gruesome countenance makes for a perfect subject for tattoos-either color or black and gray-providing an opportunity for a talented artist to capture all the intricate details in her face as well as the snakes on her head.

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Greek Tattoos FAQ

Which Greek Gods are most popular for tattoo designs?

Tattoos of the Pantheon of Greek God and Goddesses endure in popularity. Depicting the Greek Gods is an entirely different phenomenon as tattoo art design and tattoo artist skills have increased alongside the technology of needles and machines.

The most popular Gods for tattoo design in Ancient Greek Mythology include:

  1. Apollo. The god of light and the sun. Not to mention, the god of medicine, plague, healing, poetry, the arts and more
  2. Zeus. Ruler of the Olympians of Mount Olympus, Zeus was the “Father of Gods and men.” In Greek mythology, this child of Cronus and Rhea was also the god of thunder and the sky
  3. Poseidon. God of the seas, storms and earthquakes. He was the most mercurial of the Greek Pantheon
  4. Hermes the Messenger. The Herald of Mount Olympus and Greek God of trade, wealth, luck, fertility, thieves and travel among many things
  5. Aphrodite. After Uranus’ genitals were cut and throw into the sea by Cronus, Aphrodite arose from the sea foam. She represented sexuality, love, and beauty
  6. Hephaestus. The god of fire, metalworking, stone masonry, forges and the art of sculpture, who acted as the Blacksmith to the Gods. He was the son of Zeus and Hera and married to Aphrodite
  7. Athena. She sprang from Zeus’s head, full-grown and clothed in armor, and was the Greek Goddess of War, the female counterpart of Ares
  8. Hades. God of the underworld who drew the short straw when balloting with brothers Poseidon and Zeus after they defeated the titans to take control of Ancient Greece
  9. Hera. Queen of the Gods, wife and sister of Zeus. She was the Goddess of Marriage and birth but was a vain and jealous Goddess. Hera is often linked to the peacock because of her vanity

What are some other popular Ancient Greek tattoo ideas?

Depicting Greek Mythology goes a long way past a deity or parable of the Pantheon. Other hugely popular tattoo concepts include:

  • Greek Alphabet. Fraternities and sororities (or Greek letter organizations) are prominent in the United States college system. Members of these social groups often get tattoos to commemorate their place in these communities
  • Greek word and Greek Symbol tattooing. These are also linked to the US College system of Greek Letter organizations who usually depict a word or symbol on the front of their chapter houses.
  • Achilles. The Greek warrior who infiltrated Troy in the Trojan War, defeated the hero Hector, and was unbeatable. He was brought down only by an arrow to…the Achilles tendon. Achilles tattoo often feature Brad Pitt pics, as he played the Greek Warrior in the popular film Troy.
  • Sisyphus. Zeus made this King push a massive rock up a hill for eternity somewhere in Hades.
  • Hercules. The son of Zeus, and strongest man in the world. The Gods usually called him in to sort things out ultra-violently

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FAQs

What did each Greek god represent? ›

Zeus (Jupiter, in Roman mythology): the king of all the gods (and father to many) and god of weather, law and fate. Hera (Juno): the queen of the gods and goddess of women and marriage. Aphrodite (Venus): goddess of beauty and love. Apollo (Apollo): god of prophesy, music and poetry and knowledge.

What does a Aphrodite tattoo mean? ›

the Greek goddess Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus, and she is typically depicted as a nude or partially nude woman, with roses and shells. As a tattoo design, Aphrodite is a symbol of beauty, love, desire, and pleasure.

What does a Greek key tattoo mean? ›

For the people of Ancient Greece, Meander (or Meandros) was thought to symbolize eternity and the undulating flow of human life through reproduction. The unbroken, interlocking pattern turned it into a symbol of both unity and infinity, whereupon it became one of the most important symbols in Ancient Greece.

What does a Poseidon tattoo mean? ›

Symbolism. Symbols associated with Poseidon include the bull, dolphin, fish, horse and the Trident. A Poseidon tattoo can represent many things including great power, strength, a connection with water and the sea, and a love of marine life.

Who is the 12 goddesses? ›

In ancient Greek religion and mythology, the twelve Olympians are the major deities of the Greek pantheon, commonly considered to be Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Hermes, and either Hestia or Dionysus.

What is the coolest Greek god name? ›

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  • Ares (god of war)
  • Athena (goddess of wisdom)
  • Hephaestus (god of fire)
  • Enyo (goddess of war and destruction)
  • Hebe (goddess of youth)
  • Heracles (hero famous for extraordinary strength)
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What does a Medusa tattoo mean? ›

In general, however, Medusa tattoos are a symbol of survival, often from sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape. For some, the significance of Medusa is simply meant to ward off evil and negativity in general.

What does a Jupiter tattoo mean? ›

The symbol represents Jupiter's thunderbolt or eagle. Just like our sun and moon signs, the position of Jupiter at the time of your birth can have an impact on your life's story. Jupiter is frequently referred to as the Greater Benefic because it is associated with abundance, creativity, well-being, and growth.

What does a Persephone tattoo mean? ›

Persephone tattoo symbolizes a women who had been hurt, used, or abused by a man in several different ways repeatedly but loved him too much to leave even when he left and didn't truly love her💔 existing.human.being_

What does a Athena tattoo mean? ›

Images of Greek deities, like an Athena tattoo, are a way to express admiration for that deity or the message behind their mythological story. Throughout mythology, Athena was a symbol of endurance and wisdom, so an Athena tattoo is also a way to not only honor her but to honor your own inner warrior as well.

What is the Greek e? ›

Letter. Ε • (E) The letter now called epsilon (έψιλον), the fifth letter of the ancient Greek alphabet.

Why do people get Zeus tattoo? ›

A Zeus tattoo's meaning is, obviously, incredible strength and power. Above all, Zeus tattoos represent strength and power. He could also represent the yin/yang qualities that life has.

What does Anubis tattoo mean? ›

The Meaning of Anubis Tattoos

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.

What does a Neptune tattoo mean? ›

The trident was believed to hold divine power, with the ability to create earthly disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and storms. Neptune is almost always depicted throughout this time holding his larger than life trident as a symbol of power.

What is Artemis symbol? ›

Artemis' symbols included a bow and arrow, a quiver, and hunting knives, and the deer and the cypress were sacred to her. Diana, her Roman equivalent, was especially worshipped on the Aventine Hill in Rome, near Lake Nemi in the Alban Hills, and in Campania.

What is a cool goddess name? ›

Inanna (Sumerian) - goddess of love, war, and fertility. Iris (Greek) - goddess of the rainbow and messenger to the gods. Irene (Greek) - goddess of peace. Isis (Egyptian) - goddess of life and magic.

Who killed Medusa? ›

Perseus set out with the aid of the gods, who provided him with divine tools. While the Gorgons slept, the hero attacked, using Athena's polished shield to view the reflection of Medusa's awful face and avoid her petrifying gaze while he beheaded her with a harpe, an adamantine sword.

How many kids did Zeus? ›

Zeus has four siblings which include Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Hestia. Zeus also had six children which include Artemis, Apollo, Hermes, Athena, Ares, and Aphrodite. Together we will explore and learn about Greek Mythology, Zeus and his family through this beautiful gallery.

Who is the most badass goddess? ›

So, here are 8 women from across various mythologies who were complete badasses:
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  2. Hel – goddess of the dead. ...
  3. Anat – the goddess of sexual love. ...
  4. Amaterasu – the source of light. ...
  5. Ix – Chel – the moon goddess. ...
  6. Louhi – the goddess of death. ...
  7. Mami Wata – the river goddess. ...
  8. Tiamat – the goddess of the ocean.
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What is a powerful Greek name? ›

Well-known Greek names such as Peter, Socrates, and Zeus are strong and powerful, while Aphrodite, Angelina, and Olympia are beautiful and heavenly.

Which Greek god is calm? ›

In Greek mythology, Pasithea (Ancient Greek: Πασιθέα means "relaxation"), or Pasithee, was one of the Charites (Graces), and the personification of relaxation, meditation, hallucinations and all other altered states of consciousness.

What does maleficent tattoo mean? ›

basically the maleficent tattoo means you have been betrayed by someone you love and trust !

What does a butterfly tattoo mean? ›

Therefore, butterflies' tattoos often connote a romantic meaning because they can also represent young love; as butterflies fly among flowers, so do young people with their social lives. In Chinese culture, butterflies are also emblematic of immortality, joy, grace, and summer.

What does Cleopatra tattoo mean? ›

A Cleopatra tattoo may be a powerful image for a woman in power. A Cleopatra tattoo can symbolize women in power and excellent leadership skills. Cleopatra would often dress up as the goddess Isis- not just for the fashion.

What moon tattoo means? ›

Universally, the moon is the symbol of growth and change. Moreover, it symbolizes the night and passing of time, and it is a very popular image in tattoo art, unlike the sun as the symbol of permanency and eternal life.

What is Adele's Planet tattoo? ›

On her right arm, Adele has a tattoo of the planet Saturn, which she attributes to her Saturn return. In astrology, a Saturn return occurs every 27 to 29.5 years, and represents new beginnings. Everyone hits their Saturn return between the ages of 27 and 30.

What does moon and sun tattoo mean? ›

The sun and moon tattoo is a representation of two opposing powers - life & death, good & bad, femininity & masculinity.

What does a pomegranate tattoo mean? ›

pomegranate tree tattoo, MEANING: fertility, righteousness, ROMAN MEANING: sacredness of marriage. pomegranate tree tattoo, MEANING: fertility, righteousness, ROMAN MEANING: sacredness of marriage.

Is there a goddess of tattoos? ›

Acat was a deity in Maya mythology associated with the process of tattooing. The Maya placed great importance on the tattooing process, believing that tattoos in the image of a god would imbue a person with some of that god's power.

What does a semicolon tattoo mean? ›

But to thousands affected by suicide, the semicolon has become an important signifier of survival. Thanks to Amy Bleuel, the often misunderstood symbol has morphed from a simple punctuation mark to a badge of pride for those who struggle with depression, suicide, addiction, anxiety, and self-injury.

What are the 12 main Greek gods called? ›

Zeus, Poseidon, Hera, Hestia and Demeter, Hades, and later on Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Athena, Hephaestus, Aphrodite and Ares. Over the years, the Demi-god Dionysus became part of their group on Olympus. It is very common to refer to the Greek pantheon as “the 12 Olympian Gods”.

What does Poseidon symbolize? ›

In Greek mythology, Poseidon is the god of the sea. He is almost always represented as being incredibly powerful and confident. As one of the original three titans, he is a brother to Zeus and Hades. Like the ocean, Poseidon is moody, either peaceful or raging, representing the two extreme dualities of personality.

What colors represent each Greek god? ›

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  • Zeus (Jupiter) - Blue, sky-blue, azure, purple, gold, white.
  • Hera (Juno) - gold, green, white, red,
  • Poseidon (Neptune) - blue, teal, cyan, dark blue or cobalt,
  • Demeter (Ceres) - green, gold, yellow, orange, vert-gree,
  • Hades (Pluto) - Purple, black, white,

What animal represents Poseidon? ›

Poseidon's sacred animals were the BULL, the HORSE and the DOLPHIN. His chariot was pulled by a pair of fish-tailed horses known as HIPPOCAMPUS. If you had the power to shake the Earth or shatter any object, what would you do with that power? APHRODITE was the goddess of LOVE and BEAUTY.

How many kids did Zeus? ›

Zeus has four siblings which include Hera, Hades, Poseidon, and Hestia. Zeus also had six children which include Artemis, Apollo, Hermes, Athena, Ares, and Aphrodite. Together we will explore and learn about Greek Mythology, Zeus and his family through this beautiful gallery.

Who is the strongest Greek god? ›

Zeus would help the other gods, goddesses, and mortals if they needed help, but would also invoke his wrath upon them if he felt they weren't worthy of his help. This made Zeus the strongest Greek god in Greek mythology.

Who is the oldest Greek god? ›

Hestia was the first born child of the Titans Cronus (Kronos) and Rhea, making her the oldest Greek God.

Who is Poseidon's wife? ›

Amphitrite, in Greek mythology, the goddess of the sea, wife of the god Poseidon, and one of the 50 (or 100) daughters (the Nereids) of Nereus and Doris (the daughter of Oceanus). Poseidon chose Amphitrite from among her sisters as the Nereids performed a dance on the isle of Naxos.

Who killed Medusa? ›

Perseus set out with the aid of the gods, who provided him with divine tools. While the Gorgons slept, the hero attacked, using Athena's polished shield to view the reflection of Medusa's awful face and avoid her petrifying gaze while he beheaded her with a harpe, an adamantine sword.

What is Athena's main symbol? ›

Her major symbols include owls, olive trees, snakes, and the Gorgoneion. In art, she is generally depicted wearing a helmet and holding a spear.

Which Greek god is purple? ›

Nisus, in Greek mythology, king of Megara, a son of King Pandion of Athens. His name was given to the Megarian port of Nisaea. Nisus had a purple lock of hair with magic power: if preserved, it would guarantee him life and continued possession of his kingdom.

Which Greek god was blue? ›

Poseidon. Blue: Poseidon is the king of the sea.

What is Aphrodite's color? ›

Indo-European dawn goddess

Both Aphrodite and Eos were known for their erotic beauty and aggressive sexuality and both had relationships with mortal lovers. Both goddesses were associated with the colors red, white, and gold.

Who was Medusa in love with? ›

Medusa and Poseidon engaged in a love affair and would have two children together, but not before Athena discovered the illicit affair. When Athena discovered the affair, she was enraged and immediately cursed Medusa by taking away her beauty.

Which Greek gods have pets? ›

The Greek God's Pets
  • Hera's Pet. - Hera's symbol would be a peacock because it is one of her symbols.
  • Athena's Pet. - Athena's pet would be an owl because she is wise.
  • Hephaestus' Pet. Cronus' Pet.
  • Zeus' Pet. ...
  • Hestia's Pet. ...
  • Demeter's Pet. ...
  • Ares' Pet. ...
  • Rhea's Pet.

What was Zeus's bird? ›

The Eagle of Zeus (Ancient Greek: ἀετός Διός, romanized: aetos Dios) was one of the chief attributes and personifications of Zeus, the head of the Olympian pantheon.

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