Ares is the one God that personifies War, and all of its sides, such as brutality, strife, anger, and revenge. He is known as one of the Twelve Olympians and as God of War and represents the spirit of battle. Ares Tattoos represent perfectly the violent nature of people and their desire to strive in their endeavors!
Ares is the oldest son of Zeus and Hera, although history tells us that Ares was neither loved by the mortals, nor by his godly peers. He was often viewed as a senseless butcher on the battlefield, slaughtering foes and allies alike. His sheer bloodlust and brutality are completely opposite of his sister, Athena, who presided over war affairs with a cool head, and military brilliance.
His roman counterpart is Mars, which was more popular with the Roman people and its empire. Mars held a position of importance in the Roman pantheon second only to Jupiter. Festivals were being held in Mars’s name in the spring and autumn.
The month of March was named after Mars and was the month most filled with festivals.
Ares Tattoos Meaning
Ares was known throughout mythology as the god who reveled in the madness of war, in the frenzy of battle. That’s where he thrived, where he could unleash all his might upon various foes. He was known to have been a force of nature, capable of shifting the tides of war only with his presence, which was bringing courage, madness, and battle-frenzy to allies, and despair to enemies.
He was often accompanied by his sister Eris (Strife) and his sons (by Aphrodite) Deimos and Phobos.
The only nation that openly worshiped Ares was the nation of Sparta. The military nation of Sparta was known to have brewed fearless leaders and soldiers, all of who specialized in war, so it would make sense that their patron God would be Ares, the one who symbolizes War Incarnate.
In one of the Spartan temples there existed a statue of Ares, in the posture of a chained god. This symbolizes the spirit of war that should never leave the spartan warriors. Before war spartans would appeal to the statue so that they may be brave in battle and be courageous!
An Ares tattoo is not for the faint of heart. This represents the willingness to always fight, never falter and always stand up with your head high. Through the turmoil, the tattoo should represent the idea of never giving up, always fighting for your goals, and your ideals in life, and always triumphing against any and all oppositions.
Such tattoos can always represent the inner struggle the wearer has to bear and the decision to keep pushing ahead. An Ares tattoo can always represent a troubled or violent past that the wearer had. Past memories can be brought to life with the perfect rendition of such a tattoo.
Ares Tattoo Ideas
Ares is often depicted in Greek Mythology as wearing full body armor, a helmet, a shield, and sword, or a spear. He drives a four-horsed chariot and is often accompanied by his sons Deimos and Phobos, alongside vultures and dogs.
Ares is often portrayed as a fearsome spartan warrior, wearing armor, helmet, and icon round shield and spear, capable of withstanding any foes that dare to cross them.
The iconic spartan warrior, and one most known throughout history, is Leonidas, the King of fearsome spartans, and one that lead the assault against Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae, where they resisted for three days and nights all the while being vastly outnumbered.
A symbolic piece of armor that represents Ares is the iconic helmet, with the red mane. Another important piece is the shield. Spartans were often punished if they lost their shield in battle because a helmet or sword could be replaced, but a shield represents the lifeline of comrades, and the unity it needed to protect the ranks of brothers fighting alongside spartans.
We often suggest that the person that reads these lines and wants to get a new tattoo should always try to be inspired by multiple sources and always discuss with their tattoo artists how they should proceed with an idea for a brand new tattoo.
Ares Tattoo Designs
We always encourage our readers to be inspired by multiple sources but to always discuss with their tattoo artists how they should proceed with an idea for a brand new tattoo.
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