The rich culture, history, architecture, paintings and religion of Egypt have influenced modern art. And how can skin art remain aloof from all this. Egypt is skin deep in tattoo world with people wearing colorful gods, goddesses, and Pharaohs.
The Sphinx and the Phoenix may instantly flash in your mind if I talk of Egyptian tattoos, but the fact is it’s not the most famous one. Instead, as discussed in InkedBlog, in western culture, the Ankh is the most familiar Egyptian tattoo. Tattoos of Eye of Horus, Pyramids and the Sphinx too are quite popular. I was desperately searching for any good Cleopatra image or a tattoo to get myself inked.
Egyptian tattoos no doubt are extremely aesthetic, but are difficult to do. Better check out your artist’s portfolio and discuss with him in detail before going for it. Though the style resembles hieroglyphics it’s marked in different styles.
Those interested in striking Egyptian images of tattoos and their art and culture, check out Buffie Johnson’s Lady of the Beasts (HarperCollins, 1988)