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History Lives On — The French Revolution in Tattoos

History Lives On — The French Revolution in Tattoos
Tattoo Ideas2 min Read

If you thought the French Revolution was just about a guy who stole some bread and sang some songs, you’re wrong.

Today’s story takes place in France at the end of the 18th century. France had been a monarchy for long enough of a time to go through 16 kings named Louis. But the times, they were a changin’ and the monarchy which had governed France for many centuries became isolated from and out of touch with the populace. And their decisions were now really at odds in regards to the needs of pretty much everyone living in France who wasn’t rich.

Louis XVI by Vinny at Bodkin Tattoo #vinny #bodkintattoo #louisxvi #frenchrevolution
Bastille-themed piece by (via IG -- always.jd) #bastille #bastilleday #frenchrevolution
Robespierre, head of the Reign of Terror. Later beheaded. #Robespierre #frenchrevolution
Marie Antoinette getting guillotined. Love it. By Joe Dalton (via IG -- kenstattoo) #joedalton #marieantointte #frenchrevolution

The National Assembly responded by issuing an edict that was pretty much, “Yo, guys, chill. Tell ya what, feudalism is over.” They stripped the clergy of some of their power and followed up on abolishing feudalism with a Declaration of the Rights of Man, with a little help from Thomas Jefferson. Two years later, France had a constitution.

Guillotine by Josh McBurnett (via IG -- gbirons) #joshmcburnett #guilottine #frenchrevolution
I couldn't not through in a Les Mis tattoo. Sorry/not sorry. #lesmiserables #frenchrevolution
And to wrap things up, here's a quote about getting guillotined from a book about the French Revolution. #ataleoftwocities #charlesdickens #frenchrevolution

We hope these tattoos have made you really think about the French Revolution. If you want to learn more, the entire story is only slightly more nuanced than the version we’ve given you.

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