16 Norse Tattoos For Your Inner Viking

When talking about historical ethnic tattoos, we often forget that it's a tradition that existed in Europe too.

Norse tattoos were very developped in Northern Europe, next to Celtic and Pictish tattoos. Historians have found evidences that Vikings were inked and their culture is kept alive by contemporary tattoo artists. 

Indeed, a viking tattoo is handpoked. With tools made of bones and metal, designs were made with dotwork. The tattoos were inspired by symbols connected with spirituality, such as runes and magical designs. 

Norse mythology was also a great source of inspiration, with its gods and sacred animals. The art of the Norse people is still practiced in Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and other countries, attracted by traditional techniques and ancient art. Some symbols have become popular, such as the galdrastafir symbols (some round runes such as vegvísir and aegishjalmur) and runic symbols (such as the controversial Valknut). All these symbols are belonging to a complex culture, and they shouldn't be inked too easily. But if you are interested in Nordic cultures and roots of tattoo art, you can check the portfolios of these cool tattoo artists who are keeping the flame of Norse tattoos alive...

Nape handpoked viking tattoo by C. Olaf Hognell. #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic #handpoked
Fantastic sleeve by Colin Dale! #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic
Another impressive viking tattoo by Colin. #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic #colin
Colin Dale's handpoked technique. #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic #colindale
Carved wood effect by Jannicke Wiesehansen. #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic #wood #jannickewiesehansen
Awesome viking tattoo by Johnny Lightning. #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic #johnnylightning
Two impressive norse tattoos by Kai Uwe Faust... #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic #back
Awesome placement for your viking tattoo is a forearm. Tattoos by Kai #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic #kai
Awesome viking tattoo, artist unknown. #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic
Symbols vegvísir and aegishjalmur by Patricia Campos. #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic #symbolism #patriciacampos
Gorgeous dotwork viking tattoo by Sean Parry! #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic #dotwork #seanparry
Carved stone valknut by Tina Grønkvist. #viking #norse #geometric #ornaments #historic #ethnic #valknut