Apollo, the God of music, archery, Sun and light, poetry and dance, truth, prophecy, and knowledge, is an influential Olympian deity in classical Greek and Roman religion and mythology.
The multitude of things he is known for can be considered quite a big feat, especially if you are thinking of getting an Apollo Tattoo. All the more reasons to consider one!
Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto. Being one of the numerous lovers of Zeus, Leto incurred the anger of Hera, who sent the dragon Python to chase Leto throughout all lands and forbade her to give birth anywhere on solid earth.
The island of Delos was the only place that would accept the pregnant Titaness, who allowed Leto to deliver Artemis while balancing her body on an olive branch. After that, Artemis helped her mother deliver Apollo as well.
Apollo Tattoo Meaning
Apollo is often depicted with a laurel crown on his head and either a bow and arrow or a lyre in his hands. In time, he became depicted as a multifaceted god that was adored all over Greece, seen often as a perfectly developed classical male nude, the kouros.
An Apollo tattoo is for artists who face adversity in their struggles to attain the ultimate form of art. The lyre was Apollo’s symbol, him being known for his godly performance every time the strings were struck ever graciously.
Apollo is the one who taught that other great mythical musician, Orpheus, how to play the instrument that would become his emblem
An Apollo tattoo is for the adventurous spirits that are in pursuit of wonder, creating beauty and art, that are in pursuit of knowledge and justice and have an overall positive attitude towards all trials of life. No matter how big or small the obstacle, they always remain unbowed and unbent, always strive to reach their goals, and are not easily persuaded to abandon their goals and dreams!
Apollo Tattoo Ideas
Apollo is an all-encompassing God, that symbolizes quite a few elements, such as the Sun, Archery, Music, and Poetry. The main element that always surrounds a well-made Apollo tattoo is the lyre, his fabled music instrument which he always plays gracefully.
One of Apollo’s most important tasks was always carrying the sun, tied to his golden chariot drawn by his 4 horses (Aethon, Pyrois, Phlegon, Eous). So Apollo is always the light-bringer when it comes to bringing light upon the earthly plains, dragging the sun
Common depictions of Apollo are ones made of stone and marble, always having Apollo in a nude form, the form of a perfect being, with the Laurel crown on his head, and sometimes the lyre in his hands.
Apollo Tattoo Designs
And as always, we leave you with a bit of request, that you always create a unique tattoo for yourself, one that represents your feelings and your journeys. A good tattoo artist will always guide you toward your desired tattoo!
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