Thanks to their heroic deeds and courage, the Vikings became an important part of history, which is still surrounded by mysteries. Therefore, it is not surprising that Viking tattoos are highly popular even today.
It is not known precisely what significance tattoos had in the Viking community, but there are several versions. The main purpose of tattoos is to destroy the morale of the enemy. Some scholars adhere to the theory that the symbolism of the tattoos was more important.
For example, travelers and explorers put images of celestial bodies on their skin and believed it would help them not get lost.
Vikings preferred to place images on large parts of the body.
Now most often tattoos are applied to the following areas:
Shoulder. Here will look good Scandinavian tattoo of intertwined ornaments, with runes and images of deities from mythology or warriors. This will become a symbol of courage and will accumulate the strength of the man.
Forearm. Suitable for images of medium size. Most often this place has tattoos with deities, runes and various Scandinavian scenes from legends. Plant motifs look good on the hand.
Wrist. In this area there is little space to work, so here it is customary to stitch bracelets with runes. May be used symbols from the Scandinavian script.
Palm, fingers or hands. On these areas are applied personal tattoos, which have deep symbolism. These can be small inscriptions or magical runes.
Hand. Here, images are applied that cover the area from the shoulder or scapula to the wrist. Most often, such tattoos are an intertwined combination of ornaments and runes. Among them can be seen mythical characters or deities.
The neck. In most cases, images are applied to the back side, sometimes additionally cover the area to the side and front. Most often, small sketches are used and give them the meaning of talismans. These can be patterns, inscriptions or runes. The closer they are placed to the head, the stronger their effect.
Chest. Various artistic images - animals, deities and characters from myths - will help emphasize the masculinity.
Side. Here are often placed tattoos with deep philosophical meaning. For example, it may be the tree of life or a ship. The latter will indicate the search for himself and the protection of the family. Sometimes axes or other weapons are applied.
Thigh. Men rarely choose this place for tattooing. In most cases, images on the thighs are applied by women. These can be ornaments or patterns.