When you begin to think about mask tattoos, you're almost exclusively going to encounter the dark side of life, as very few tattoo designs including masks are represented by the light.
There are some exceptions, and I've included a couple of those masks here so the overall theme isn't totally on the macabre and more evil side.
Asian cultures, especially the Japanese, are enamored with mask tattoos, specifically the Hannya, which represents women who have become demons because of jealousy or being obsessively vengeful. The Japanese use the masks in plays or dances to portray a jealous female demon.
While they are the predominant tattoo mask design, there are still some others that are very interesting, and can generate some creative ideas for those who want to tattoo a mask design on their body.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tattoos
- Extraordinary Bio-Organic, Mechanical Tattoos
For a time the bio-mechanical and bio-organic tattoo theme was one of the most popular, and they still continue to be an attractive choice for those wanting to put something unique on their body. I'm including the two styles for the purpose of...
- Joker Tattoos
Tattoos of the Joker villain from the Batman movies, will inevitably be thought of largely as the Joker played by Heath Ledger because of his untimely death. And that is the case in general, although the Joker played by Jack Nicholson got some...
Mask from "Metal Health"
This first mask tattoo will easily be identified by Heavy Metal fans, as it's the image of the person on the wildly successful album "Metal Health," by Quiet Riot. The person with the mask was also in a straight jacket on the cover.
As for design, it's a very well done tattoo, and has numerous elements that are very compelling, including the hair, mask and top of the red straight jacket.
- Unique Armband Tattoos
Quite possibly the most diverse designs among tattoos I've ever seen is with the armband tattoo style. While there are some very popular armband styles that are ubiquitous in the genre, there are numerous customized armband tattoos; so many that...
- Hot Black Light, UV Tattoos
Black light of UV tattoos have become one of the hottest tattoos desired by those pursuing to have some ink on their bodies, and from the images below, you'll see why they're so compelling to some. There are some obvious limitations to black light...
Jason "Halloween" Mask
This is a tattoo of one of the masks worn by Jason in the slasher film series, "Halloween."
The design of the mask is fantastic, and I really like the way that eye is looking sideways. Great shadowing with the image as well.
- 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...
- 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...
Unique Mask Tattoo
I'm not sure if this is a mask that should be known or not, as I'm not aware what or who it may represent. I did find it interesting as far as tears coming down the side and what may be portrayed by it.
Again, the design on this, even if it's unattractive to most, is really high quality, and would be very hard to do. That smoke from the cigarette is a nice touch too.
- Robot Tattoos
Robots have captured the imaginations of people for decades as a world filled with them serving in numerous capacities has been envisioned as the probable future. That has generated all sorts of interest from writers and artists, as well as those...
- 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. ...
We'll now get into the dark Hannya tattoos, beginning with a very compelling design that garners the attention immediately. When I first saw this I thought it was a look at a partially completely job, but looking closer, it appears to be finished.
The way the red and lighter colors are used to enhance the demon mask is extraordinary. I wouldn't want this type of tattoo, but it is great art nonetheless.
- Evil Pumpkin Tattoos
For those who love a good horror picture and scare, there's nothing much better than an evil pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern, whether fixed on the head of an evil creature, or possibly on a scarecrow, or other creative uses to create that tense atmosphere.
- Majestic Crown Tattoo Designs
Crown tattoos are a popular choice for those seeking to have a tattoo inked on their body. They can be designed in a simple manner all the way to a very ornate piece of tattoo art. Being a symbol of majesty, rule, spirituality and authority, crown...
Hannya Mask Tattoos
Here are several more Hannya mask tattoos, each with a different look. The third one down is interesting because when plays are performed, the mask can be moved downward to be made to look sad, rather than the rage that is revealed when the mask is held up, as you see in the other photos.
- 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...
- Finger Mustache or "Fingerstach" Tattoo Designs
Although there have been conflicting ideas on where the source of the finger mustache tattoo (otherwise known as the "fingerstache" tattoo) originated several years ago, it caught on immediately, and very quickly became one of the m
Theater Mask Tattoos
Here's a good looking set of tattoos if you enjoy the theme. The theater masks are ubiquitous when stories and tales are told about the genre. Those who love the theater will surely appreciate these two fellows.
Masquerade Mask Tattoo
This masquerade mask was one of the few that were light and whimsical in the mask genre. It's a nice looking tattoo and a relief from the more dark subject matter we've been looking at. The blue in the tattoo stands out nice.
- Hair Tattoo Designs
Technically hair tattoos really aren't tattoos, as they have nothing to do with ink, although they do have a similar characteristic with temporary tattoos in that they are meant to be a work of art employed for a short period of time. Hair tattoos...
- Zombie Tattoo Designs
There is no doubt one of the more popular themes of the entertainment industry over the last several years has been vampires, werewolves and zombies, among a variety of other roles and characters representing a number of bad creatures. Zombie...
- 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...
- 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...
- Powerful Warrior Tattoos
Tattoo designs are extremely important to those in the midst of making a decision on whether or not to have one permanently inked on their bodies, and almost always they will represent something very significant to those bearing them. It could be...
African Mask Tattoo
This last mask tattoo we're looking at is completely different from the others, in that it's a ceremonial mask. The style is also very unique, and the lines and shadow done in an attractive manner.
It was educational for me when researching the various mask tattoo designs there were out there. Obviously, designers and artists look at the mask as more negative subject matter, and consequently the designs and tattoos reflect what is considered the dark side of human nature as represented by the mask.