Over the past years, Hades Tattoos have quickly gained in popularity, and it is no wonder at that. Hades has been known throughout Greek mythology as the ruler with dominion over the dead.
Hades, King of the Underworld, King of the Dead and Riches, is the oldest son of the Titans Rhea, and Cronus. He and his brothers, Zeus and Poseidon, defeated their father’s generation of gods, the Titans, and claimed rulership over the Cosmos. Hades received the underworld, Zeus the sky, and Poseidon the sea, with the solid earth.
The name of Hades was synonymous with the Realm of the Dead, mortals feared even speaking his name, it is considered to be a bringer of misfortune and bad omens. Hades was not, however, an evil god, for although he was stern, cruel, and unpitying, he was still just. Hades ruled the Underworld and was, therefore, most often associated with death and feared by men, but he was not Death itself.
That said, he was also depicted as cold and stern, and he held all of his subjects equally accountable to his laws. Feared and loathed, Hades embodied the inexorable finality of death.
Hades Tattoo Meaning
His Roman name is Pluton, Pluto (“the Wealthy One” or “the Giver of Wealth”). Hades represented being a just god, punishing the evil souls, and granting mercy upon the souls of those worthy of his gift.
Hades was depicted as stern and pitiless, unmoved by prayer or sacrifice (like death itself). Forbidding and aloof, he never quite emerges as a distinct personality from the shadowy darkness of his realm, not even in the myth of his abduction of Persephone.
Hades was known to be there at the end of your journey, whether you embrace it or not. All roads lead to the finality of life. In a way, a Hades Tattoo would represent an acceptance of the frailty of life, and of the new beginnings following after.
Hades Tattoo Ideas
Hades was often portrayed with his three-headed guard dog Cerberus, the guardian of the Underworld. The loyal guardian is a powerful motif that always goes along well with Hades. Another important symbol of Hades is his power over the souls of the dead, and control over the riches found in the deep of the earth, hence his name behind the title of “the Wealthy one”.
In Greek mythology, the pomegranate was known as the ‘fruit of the dead’ as it was said to have arisen from the blood of Adonis. Hades, God of the underworld, used pomegranate seeds to trick Persephone into returning to the underworld for a few months every year.
Hades Tattoo Designs
Hades’s dark and broody nature can be perfectly immortalized in ink with some rather simple elements that can accompany any such tattoo. Hellfire is the perfect element that can be contained within such a tattoo. Shadows can blend perfectly, all the while lighter tones can give nuance of even greater depth.
For a couple, the visage of Persephone and Hades can be the perfect tattoo that is missing from the scenery. But of course, one cannot forget about the faithful guardian of the Underworld, Cerberus, who was said to have guarded the Gates of Hell faithfully for millennia!
The tattoo in black and white of Hades gives a solemn and mysterious look to one such tattoo, but adding just a splash of color can give it a whole new meaning of depth and vibrance, ready to impress anyone that lays their eyes on the tattoo.
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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