10 Dramatic Theatre Mask Tattoos

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

beccyrimmer10 months ago in Tattoo Ideas

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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Surreal sketch mask tattoos by Tattoo Szabi #TattooSzabi #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
Surreal sketch mask tattoos by Tattoo Szabi #TattooSzabi #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
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Love heart theatre mask tattoos by Tanner Ramsey #TannerRamsey #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
Love heart theatre mask tattoos by Tanner Ramsey #TannerRamsey #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
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Sketch style theatre masks tattoo by Vanessa Gao, Miami #VanessaGao #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
Sketch style theatre masks tattoo by Vanessa Gao, Miami #VanessaGao #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
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Theatre mask and rose tattoo by Sammy Winks, Trailer Trash, Brisbane #SammyWinks #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
Theatre mask and rose tattoo by Sammy Winks, Trailer Trash, Brisbane #SammyWinks #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
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Watercolour tattoo by Rodolfo 'Cabelo', Tattoo You #RodolfoCabelo #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
Watercolour tattoo by Rodolfo 'Cabelo', Tattoo You #RodolfoCabelo #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
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Rose and theatre masks tattoo by Joe Khay, Citizen Ink, Brooklyn, #JoeKhay #CitizenInk #Brooklyn #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
Rose and theatre masks tattoo by Joe Khay, Citizen Ink, Brooklyn, #JoeKhay #CitizenInk #Brooklyn #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
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Artist unknown, photo from Instagram @greycustomtattoo #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks
Artist unknown, photo from Instagram @greycustomtattoo #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks
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Theatre masks tattoo bt Gonzalo Tintanegra, Madrid #GonzaloTintanegra #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
Theatre masks tattoo bt Gonzalo Tintanegra, Madrid #GonzaloTintanegra #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
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Single theatre mask tattoo by Gianpiero Cavaliere #GianpieroCavaliere #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
Single theatre mask tattoo by Gianpiero Cavaliere #GianpieroCavaliere #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
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By Akuma Yamatattoo #AkumaYamatattoo #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)
By Akuma Yamatattoo #AkumaYamatattoo #theatremasks #drama #theatre #masks #dramamasks (Photo: Instagram)