The Gothic lifestyle is a fascinating one to me, and overall it's really undefinable, although much of the purpose is to startle and grab attention through clothes and themes the participants wear and engage in.
With tattoos the purpose is the same, as there is little in the way of what most people would consider normal when viewing Gothic tattoo designs, just as in real life.
Goth tattoo designs and images are mostly on the dark side with dark colors. You don't see much, if any, of the bright colors associated with other tattoo, neither lighter themes.
Even when wings, crosses and scenes are depicted there's a sense of foreboding and difference that is easy to see in the style, and not hard to identify.
Tattoos with a goth theme can take what someone else likes as a design and modify it into something very different, for example with tattooed wings which are modified to look very different, as you'll see below.
Since tattoos can be at times very powerfully designed and different, with Goth tattoos it's probably not as dramatic as you would see if they were walking on the street next to someone dressed as a non-Goth would dress. But still, you get the unique feel of the lifestyle in the tattoos.
- Skull Wearing Hat Tattoo Designs
Tattoos of skulls wearing hats are awesome, and include a little bit of everything in the way of hats, including cowboy hats, top hats, jester and baseball hats. But it doesn't end there. While wearing a variety of hats, the skulls, for the most...
- Cow Skull Tattoo Designs
One of the more memorial objects in the minds of people envisioning the old west is that of cow skulls scattered among the plains or desert. Many of these were the result of droughts where cattle had trouble finding water, or of tough cattle...
Here's an immediate example of taking a rather benign subject like a fairy, which is usually winsome and playful, and add that dark touch which turns it to the Gothic look. While still having a hint of playfulness, and wings that would be considered normal, the rest has the attitude and look of something very different, including how the fairy is dressed and the eye shadow.
Goth Fairy Tattoo
- Harley Davidson Tattoos
Harley Davidson motorcycles, and the brand itself, have become a way of life for many people, and represents, more than anything, freedom. Consequently, Harley fans are forever looking to express the lifestyle, and one of those choices are to get...
- Fire and Flame Tattoos
Tattoos incorporating fire or flame into the design look fantastic, and with the occasional exception, are part of a combination of tattoo themes, rather than a standalone image of fire. But even on those occasions, the tattoo is designed in such...
This particular tattoo, while Gothic, could also be considered a tattoo of a different genre, and it doesn't have as dark of a feel because of only the bare legs of the woman. If she had been dressed differently, the tattoo would have been seen from a different perspective.
Goth Tattoo on Lower Leg
- Fabulous Fantasy Tattoos
Fantasy, whether reading or art, is among my favorite subjects, and it always lends itself to some outstanding designs, which the tattoos below will testify to. One unique element in fantasy, is overall, most artists like to not just create one...
- Lucky Dice Tattoos
When the idea of looking for inspiration from dice concerning tattoos, it amazed me to find the large number of design ideas and amount of creativity with the theme. The predominate thought was unsurprisingly luck in reference to dice tattoos, and...
I actually like this Gothic tattoo, which was a hint of tribal to it. You see the wings which are a major part of the Gothic tattoo experience, but a lot of other detail that makes it quite an interesting and compelling design. Very unique.
Gothic Back Tattoo
- Dark Jester Tattoos
A Jester, or Court Jester, was largely a product of European culture, and was employed to provide a variety of entertainment, and also in some cases, to provide advise to political leaders, especially the king or queen. Another role was that of...
- Werewolf Tattoos You Can't Ignore
While werewolf tattoos obviously aren't for everyone, if you like fantasy art, it's definitely a compelling theme, even if you aren't the type to have it inked on you. For those that do enjoy horror, werewolves are among the best in my opinion, as...
Each one of the wing tattoos below include a very different look, showing how you can take one design topic or theme and do so many different things with it.
The first tattoo photo is what most of us would consider the norm as far as wing tattoos go, but the setting of the photo and the woman and her dress definitely give it a unique and darker look.
Below her is the feathered wing tattoo, which is unique because of a man having it on him. Very few men choose this route to go for tattoos, and including the feathers is unusual.
As for the rather drab looking winged tattoo, that was included because it has the wings pointed upwards, not a typical design by any means.
For the rest, they are those that take the wing tattoo and bring it directly and obviously into the Gothic look. You have the feel that the wings are coming right out of the skin, which adds a somewhat creepy look to the tattoo, and one that has the desired effect of shocking. There is also the skeleton wings, which are not only shocking in looking like they're protruding out of the skin, but in the skeletal look itself.
Very interesting batch of wing tattoos to say the least.
Variety of Gothic Wing Back Tattoos
- Cool Snake Tattoo Designs
Snake tattoos are very exciting, as the texture of the snake, its shape, and the ease of combining in with numerous other themes lends itself to great subject matter to have inked on your body. One surprising thing for me was to discover how...
- Halloween Tattoo Designs and Ideas
Halloween is one of the most popular days of the year, generating close to the amount of interest that Christmas brings. That has resulted in a growing interest in tattoo designs associated with the special day. Tattoos celebrating Halloween...
An interesting side to the Gothic lifestyle or imagery is the including of Christian symbols, like the cross below. It comes from the architecture and design of a long-gone era, but is compelling today because of those times when Gothic was considered mainstream.
Most people don't know that there is a sub-set of Goth culture considering itself Christian.
Gothic Cross Tattoo on Foot
- Rockin' Raven Tattoos
Anyone interested in having an edgy look with their tattoo will meet those expectations when deciding on a raven as their theme of choice. There is no doubt Ravens are considered a symbol of a dark force in the world, and whether alone or in a...
- Lucky Horseshoe Tattoos
The horseshoe has a lot of meaning, beyond the practical use a horse gets out of it, or a cool piece to hang in your garage, workshop or an entryway. In the case of tattoos, it's the luck side of the meaning of the horseshoe that is by far the...
I'm not going to pretend I understand what this particular imagery is supposed to represent, but as to the lines and design, I really liked it, as it incorporates curves, scrolling and, images to create the unique tattoo. I like it.
Gothic Back Tattoo
- Amazing Bat Tattoos
Depending on the part of the world you live in, bats can be considered bad omens or representative of evil, or in other places a sign of good luck, if you believe in it. Either way, bat tattoos are very interesting, and they can be inked on as...
- Gargoyle Tattoo Designs and Meanings
Gargoyle history is interesting in that it is far less flamboyant and mystical than modern-day interpretation has given it. As to the practical side, gargoyles were nothing more than a type of a gutter, with some of the more elongated ones being...
Even with evil Goth can take it and turn it into something interesting, as in the demon tattoo below. You have to look at it different to see it. My recommendation is to start with the feet and go from there. Start from somewhere else and you probably won't get it.
Goth Demon Tattoo
- Clockwork Orange Tattoos
The film 'A Clockwork Orange' is one of the most controversial and brutal in film history, causing enormous uproar around the world, and threats to producer, director, and co-writer Stanley Kubrick not only at the time of the film, but years...
- Cool Goth Tattoos
The Gothic lifestyle is a fascinating one to me, and overall it's really undefinable, although much of the purpose is to startle and grab attention through clothes and themes the participants wear and engage in. With tattoos the purpose is the...
Here is another strange look portrayed via a Gothic tattoo. Look closely to catch the wings and hands, as the tattoo is busy and includes a lot. The point is to startle and shock with something totally different. And this tattoo does do that.
Gothci Demon Tattoo on Back
- Hellboy Tattoos
If there's an interesting story to tell, there's an interesting tattoo to design, and that's the truth with the cult hero 'Hellboy,' who has been a fixture among fans for those who know him for some time. His unique reddish skin gives him great...
- Gothic Cross Tattoos
Gothic cross tattoos are a fantastic choice for a tattoo, as the variety to choose from are seemingly infinite, especially when you add the minute details so prevalent in Gothic design. For tattoos, Gothic crosses are the most popular, although...
This is a wonderful image, and it's too bad it was placed on the ankle and calf. Few will be able to enjoy the impact and quality of the art and subject matter of this tattoo without having to get in a somewhat uncomfortable position.
As to the quality of the design, it's amazing. The clouds and darkness of the house are terrific, as is the foreground as well. Add to that the birds flying in the background and it's a very compelling image indeed.
Gothic Tattoo Scene
- Vampire Tattoos
Vampires continue to be a fascinating theme to a lot of people, and as always, if people like something, they end up getting it tattooed on their body if they're into tattooing. Surprisingly, there are a lot of styles of vampire tattoos, with...
- Gothic Flower Tattoos
There are a large number of things concerning Gothic culture that interest and fascinate me, and one of those areas that have a lot of expression is in tattoo design. As with Gothic culture itself, there is really no one defining way to describe...
The image below is one I see as being what appears a typical woman, who almost has the look of the girl next door (minus the wings), but there she is lying on a stack of skulls. All seemingly unperturbed and as if was the norm of the day.
Girl on Skulls Goth Tattoo
- Gothic Tree Tattoos
Tree tattoos are among my favorite tattoo designs because of the many ways a tree can be designed, and the other elements you can add to it if you want to make it into a scene. Even if a tree stands alone, with only a few additions, embellishments...
- Gothic Bat Tattoos
Bats are always a fascinating subject matter because of their connection with horror and darkness in the Western world. That attracts those who live the live of a Goth, or those who enjoy the art associated with it, including of course bats. ...
- Awesome Tribal Tattoos
I recently wrote about the increasing popularity of cross tattoos, as the overall tattoos trend embracing numerous designs and representative lifestyles. Another tattoo trend which is even growing larger than cross tattoos, is tribal tattoos. ...
Finally, this is the epitome of a Gothic tattoo to me. You have everything the subculture is trying to express in startling, shocking and disturbing the senses.
While the tattoos appear real, some of the rest could have been photo shopped in. But it's the imagery itself that represents the purpose of Goths, and in that regard it's successful.
Disturbing Goth Tattoo
As with everything Goth, no theme is safe, and everything and anything can be taken and have a twist added to it to produce the desired response and effect.
You can't look at these Gothic tattoos and get the feeling things are all normal, as they obviously aren't, and neither were they meant to be.