This gallery of gargoyle tattoo designs got us wondering—what do gargoyle tattoos mean? Essentially, interpretation is up to the person with the body art, but traditionally, these winged, fanged creatures represent protection from evil.
These gargoyle tattoo designs range from the sweet looking, to the down-right frightening. Some look like the gargoyles adorning architecture like the Notre Dame cathedral, while others seems to be created from pure fantasy.
"It became generally believed that these elaborately grotesque characters could keep away evil spirits and protect the buildings and their occupants from harm," vanishingtattoo says. "The figures are meant to act as amulets and talismans of protection."
Check out this gallery of unique gargoyle tattoo designs, the be sure to check out some of the related articles below for phoenix tattoos and more.
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