Unicorn tattoos have great significance due to its symbolism of respect for chastity and purity. Unicorn is a fictional beast and perhaps the only fictional beast that has an association with young maidens, the Virgin Mary and chasteness of behavior. Usually, fictional beasts are imaginary creations of the human mind.
What Is Unicorn?
But the Bible has it that the Unicorn is an untamed beast that became gentle and tame when it sighted Virgin Mary and rested its head on her lap. It is believed that only virgins could tame the unicorn, and this led to the unicorn becoming a representation of fidelity in relationships. Hence, a unicorn tattoo worn by a woman would represent the purity of nature.
The unicorn is such a popular design chosen not only for tattoo designs but also as designs on tapestries and embroidery on cloth. Very intricate designs of unicorn hunting can be found in many tapestry work, and it is said that such an artwork belonging to the Gothic times can be seen at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This artwork is the narration of a story of a young virgin maiden who enchants a unicorn into coming and residing in her castle with her. This fictional beast was represented in ancient times with hooves like a goat and a tail like a lion’s. This represented both gentleness and a free, independent nature. A broken chain is depicted in that artwork suggesting that the unicorn could break free at its will and leave, never to return again. Another strange relationship with the female sex is that the unicorn’s horn was said to be an aphrodisiac.
Meanings of Unicorn Tattoos
While the Unicorn is commonly featured as a white horse symbolic of virginity or purity, you can also use different colors for the horse in your Unicorn tattoo to make it more unique and attractive. The images that you can use in your Unicorn tattoo can be in the form of black silhouettes to make it appear dramatic in design.
- Chastity and Purity
- Healing Power
History of Unicorn
When you see a Unicorn tattoo, what immediately comes to your mind? Upon seeing this kind of tattoo, many people think of romance, fantasy, and magic. Lots of paintings, tapestries, and stories portraying this incredible creature with amazing beauty and grace are available online. A great number of legends have become popular worldwide regarding the mystical horn of the Unicorn.
- Though there is no clear evidence of the existence of unicorn, almost all cultures have either carved the figure of a one-horned animal in their carvings, historians have seen depiction at excavation sites, and the same kind of animal is mentioned in many mythological stories. Seals belonging to Indus Valley Civilization had the mark of the one-horned animal. Ctesias, a Greek physician, and a historian has mentioned about the unicorn. It is also mentioned in Chinese mythology, FuHsi, who was an emperor five thousand years ago, has mentioned about the unicorn in a secret language and 2697 B.C, Huang Di has written about sighting the unicorn and how that was considered a good omen.
- The unique form and appearance of its single horn symbolize its possession of magical ability. Some fictional stories relate the Unicorn in purifying water for drinking purposes by dipping its mystical horn into the waters of streams, lakes, and rivers. Other folklores reveal that the horn of this unique animal can be used for medication and treatment of plagues. These great meanings are embodied in the mystical profile of a Unicorn tattoo.
- Another famous legend that is known worldwide even during the ancient times is the ability of the Unicorn to rise from the dead when killed, just like the story of the Phoenix, another mystical animal. This is the reason many people across the globe prefer to embed Unicorn tattoos in their bodies because of their magical meanings. Just recently, this immortal animal played a significant role in Harry Potter, a popular movie series.
- A force of evil named Voldemort made himself re-energized with amazing vigor after taking the Unicorn’s blood without thinking that killing a Unicorn is highly forbidden. Most of Unicorn tattoos use the images of a white horse bearing a single horn attached to its forehead.
Unicorn Tattoo Ideas
Who chooses to ink a unicorn tattoo design? This design is most popular among women who depict their virginity and purity with the tattoo. We can say that only women prefer unicorn tattoo designs and women who remain virgins until marriage opts for this tattoo design. Of course, these designs are also worn for its fictional quality and the symbolism attached with its special connection to Virgin Mary. Furthermore, This can be the basis of other designs that will make the tattoo more unique and appealing such as combining the Unicorn with wings, stars, waterfalls, and rainbows.