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10 Dramatic Theatre Mask Tattoos

These happy and sad drama mask tattoos represent thousands of years of theatrical history.

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The happy and sad faces, nearly always seen side by side, represent the magic of the theater, in beautiful tattoo form.

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players..." William Shakespeare


2,500 years ago, the Athenians invented theater and staged the first ever plays. These two masks were worn by the ancient Grecians to show a change in character or mood.

Thousands of years later, this duo-mask symbol (in tattoo and image form) represents not just the two original genres of drama - comedy and tragedy - but stands as a universal symbol for the theater as we know it today.

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