45 Beautiful Greek Mythology Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

For centuries Greek Mythology has inspired art, from sculpture to painting, and it is not surprising that it has sneaked into tattoo art.

With its range of fabulous creatures, fantastic tales and seducing gods and goddesses, it can touch many people of any culture and country. The legends of the gods and heroes are still telling the stories of nowadays human being: love, fear, pain, bravery, freedom and, of course, a taste for beauty. Inspired by fine arts or reinvented by tattoo artists, here are 45 Greek Mythology tattoos, their stories and meanings.

Aphrodite tattoo
Aphrodite tattoo
Golden apple tattoo
Golden apple tattoo
Appolo is driving a chariot of gold, symbolizing the race of the sun in the day. He represents the pride of artists and musicians. Tattoo by Paulski.
Appolo is driving a chariot of gold, symbolizing the race of the sun in the day. He represents the pride of artists and musicians. Tattoo by Paulski.
Ares is the god of war. Depicted with an armor, an helmet and spear, he symbolizes virility, strength, courage, youth and aggressivity. He can be mistaken with Spartan warriors. Piece by Lilz.
Ares is the god of war. Depicted with an armor, an helmet and spear, he symbolizes virility, strength, courage, youth and aggressivity. He can be mistaken with Spartan warriors. Piece by Lilz.

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Another great Ares tattoo.
Another great Ares tattoo.
Artemis is the goddess of hunting, nature and moon. A wild Virgin, she symbolize women's independence, natural instinct, purity and mystery. Tattoo by Blaze Schwaller.
Artemis is the goddess of hunting, nature and moon. A wild Virgin, she symbolize women's independence, natural instinct, purity and mystery. Tattoo by Blaze Schwaller.
Athena is a popular goddess for tattoos. Also known as Minerva, she is the goddess of wisdom, even if she is dressed as a warrior. Depicted with an owl, she is the symbol of Greece, cleverness, culture and more generally of free spirits.
Athena is a popular goddess for tattoos. Also known as Minerva, she is the goddess of wisdom, even if she is dressed as a warrior. Depicted with an owl, she is the symbol of Greece, cleverness, culture and more generally of free spirits.
Great Athena sleeve by Carlos Rojas.
Great Athena sleeve by Carlos Rojas.
Athena tattoo by Jason Reeder.
Athena tattoo by Jason Reeder.
Gorgeous piece by Jeff Gogue.
Gorgeous piece by Jeff Gogue.
Old school version from Last Sparrow.
Old school version from Last Sparrow.
Athéna and Athens Parthénon by Lauren Fenlon
Athéna and Athens Parthénon by Lauren Fenlon
Sleeve by Maximilian Rothert
Sleeve by Maximilian Rothert
Atlas was a giant and condamned to carry the universe. He represents the weight of fate, but also strength and universality. Tattoo by Nina Laine.
Atlas was a giant and condamned to carry the universe. He represents the weight of fate, but also strength and universality. Tattoo by Nina Laine.
Centaurs are creatures half horses half men. Violents and fierce, they represent untamed minds, virility and animal instinct. They are often depicted with a bow. Tattoo by Remis.
Centaurs are creatures half horses half men. Violents and fierce, they represent untamed minds, virility and animal instinct. They are often depicted with a bow. Tattoo by Remis.
Nice picture of a Centaur tattoo.
Nice picture of a Centaur tattoo.
This tattoo by Susan Kidder represents a famous legend of Greek Mythology. God Appolo was in love with a nymph called Daphne. Refusing his love, she turned into a tree to escape him. This tale is about one way love, independence and nature.
This tattoo by Susan Kidder represents a famous legend of Greek Mythology. God Appolo was in love with a nymph called Daphne. Refusing his love, she turned into a tree to escape him. This tale is about one way love, independence and nature.
Amazing Daphne tattoo by Tom Michael
Amazing Daphne tattoo by Tom Michael
Hera tattoo
Hera tattoo
Hercules killing the lion, also by Jun Cha (work in progress)
Hercules killing the lion, also by Jun Cha (work in progress)
Hercules fighting a monster, the Lernaean Hydra, by Noah Minuskin.
Hercules fighting a monster, the Lernaean Hydra, by Noah Minuskin.
Hermes was the Messenger of the gods. His shoes had wings and wings on the ankles are popular tattoos representing freedom, speed and grace.
Hermes was the Messenger of the gods. His shoes had wings and wings on the ankles are popular tattoos representing freedom, speed and grace.
Icarus tattoo
Icarus tattoo
Icarus flying above his father, by Ozone. Icarus symbolizes freedom, but also ambition, fierceness and the bravery of youth.
Icarus flying above his father, by Ozone. Icarus symbolizes freedom, but also ambition, fierceness and the bravery of youth.
The famous Minautor, a monster half bull half man, eating humans and prisoner of Minos labyrinth. Represents strength, virility and violence.
The famous Minautor, a monster half bull half man, eating humans and prisoner of Minos labyrinth. Represents strength, virility and violence.
Pan was half man half billy goat. A good musician, he was leaving in the woods. He represents nature, music but also lust. Tattoo by Shane O'Neill.
Pan was half man half billy goat. A good musician, he was leaving in the woods. He represents nature, music but also lust. Tattoo by Shane O'Neill.
Pegasus was a winged horse, friend of heroe Perseus. He symbolizes freedom, but also fame. Tattoo by Ondrash.
Pegasus was a winged horse, friend of heroe Perseus. He symbolizes freedom, but also fame. Tattoo by Ondrash.
Pegasus by Remis.
Pegasus by Remis.
Old school by Thinking Three.
Old school by Thinking Three.
As a chestpiece.
As a chestpiece.
Perseus was a heroe who killed the monster Medusa. He is the ultimate symbol of bravery. Tattoo by Adriaan Machete.
Perseus was a heroe who killed the monster Medusa. He is the ultimate symbol of bravery. Tattoo by Adriaan Machete.
Poseidon is the god of the ocean. Coveted by sailors and sea lovers, he is making impressive tattoos. Also called Neptune. Here by Brandon Schultheis.
Poseidon is the god of the ocean. Coveted by sailors and sea lovers, he is making impressive tattoos. Also called Neptune. Here by Brandon Schultheis.
Poseidon represents the violence of sea and ocean and he is depicted with a trident and shells. Tattoo by Jankowzki
Poseidon represents the violence of sea and ocean and he is depicted with a trident and shells. Tattoo by Jankowzki
Tattoo by Kobay Kronik
Tattoo by Kobay Kronik
Tattoo by Larry Brogan
Tattoo by Larry Brogan
Amazing backpiece by Matteo Pasqualin
Amazing backpiece by Matteo Pasqualin
By Primitive Art Tattoo
By Primitive Art Tattoo
Love this sleeve by Toby
Love this sleeve by Toby
Impressive side tattoo (artist not credited, tell if you know)
Impressive side tattoo (artist not credited, tell if you know)
And finally, Zeus, the king of gods. Jupiter for the Romans, he is the god of thunder. Depicted with a beard and lightnings, he symbolizes power, virility (he was a restless lover and seducer ...), strength and wisdom.
And finally, Zeus, the king of gods. Jupiter for the Romans, he is the god of thunder. Depicted with a beard and lightnings, he symbolizes power, virility (he was a restless lover and seducer ...), strength and wisdom.
Nice cover up piece by Alex Shimray with Medusa, Pegasus and Zeus.
Nice cover up piece by Alex Shimray with Medusa, Pegasus and Zeus.
Zeus hand tattoo by QTattoo Lee
Zeus hand tattoo by QTattoo Lee
Another Zeus tattoo
Another Zeus tattoo

Want more mythological tattoos? Check those Medusa tattoos.

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