16 Fabulous Balinese Mask Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

Balinese mask tattoos are stunning with their intricate designs and the legends that inspired them.

There are different types of masks, all with intricate and epic looks. They are recreating creatures of the Indonesian mythology. The most popular type is the Barong mask. Barong is a positive character, king of the spirits. It is used in a visually aesthetic traditional dance. Rangda is his enemy, the queen of the demons. She is eating children, leading an army of witches and fighting Barong. You can recognize her with her impressive teeth...

Barong and Rangda are reunited in the dance, but also often in tattoo designs, to show the eternal fight of good and evil. Other creatures inspire Balinese masks, sometimes coming from Hinduism and Buddhism, such as Garuda, the symbol of Indonesia, a bird creature. You are getting Balinese mask tattoos only if you are interested into Bali's culture and art. The designs have a whole tradition, with different meanings depending on the side the creatures are looking, for example. As always, when you get ink, respect the cultures and admire the art. If you are fascinated by Bali, check those incredible Balinese mask tattoos...

Color tattoo by Vic Back.
Color tattoo by Vic Back.
Pretty piece by Sasha Masiuk.
Pretty piece by Sasha Masiuk.
Epic piece by Victor Portugal!
Epic piece by Victor Portugal!
Terrific backpiece by Sándor Jordan...
Terrific backpiece by Sándor Jordan...

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Sweet Barong dotwork by Ade Itameda.

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