ICARUS TATTOO: Meanings, Tattoo Ideas & Tattoo Designs


He may not be a hero of Legends capable of great strength or a demigod who accomplished countless feats, nor a very successful pilot, but he is immortalized in mythology as a tale of caution for anyone who does not manage to find a semblance of balance in their life and that will eventually end in a bad spot.

Icarus, the boy who flew too close to the sun and got his wings clipped. Many teachings can be found in this story, and there are countless metaphors for it that are still used.

Throughout history, people tried to give life to the legend, either by turning it into paintings, sculptures, or operas. Lately, people have been turning Icarus into tattoos, to always remind them that hubris can lead to bad endings.

Icarus Tattoo Meaning

The story of Icarus first starts with his father, Daedalus, a master craftsman that worked for King Minos on the island of Crete. He was the one that created the labyrinth in which the legendary Minotaur was imprisoned, to roam the endless labyrinth forever. Daedalus was the one that gave Ariadne a ball of golden threads which helped Theseus escape from the labyrinth.

King Minos enraged by this act of betrayal, imprisoned Daedalus and his son Icarus in the labyrinth with no way of escaping. Just like his title of renowned craftsman, Daedalus figured out a way to escape. He put his son Icarus to collect bird feathers, which combined with twigs would form a pair of feather wings. Daedalus crafted a pair of wings for his son as well, so that both could escape the maze and be out of reach of King Minos’s fleet.

Before escaping, Daedalus warned Icarus not to get too close to the sun, as the heat would melt the wax that was holding the wings together, and neither too close to the sea, because the moisture would be absorbed by the feathers, which would make the wings heavy which would lead to Icarus falling into the sea.

After they both escaped, Icarus felt how he was gaining confidence in flying, which soon turned into overconfidence, Icarus believing he was feeling just what the gods were feeling high in the sky. Ignoring his fathers’ advice, Icarus soon started to get closer to the sun. The was would soon start to melt, which ended in the wings crumbling, and making Icarus fall towards the sea helplessly. Daedalus could do nothing but watch Icarus descend to his death.

There are dozens of teachings that can be gained from the fate of Icarus, but some of the most important ones are that the advice an elder gives you, can be considered wisdom and should not be dismissed. Another metaphor for this is that the recklessness of youth can bring devastating effects if not kept in check. Moderation and balance are needed in life, in whatever you do.

Icarus Tattoo Ideas

The image of a falling Icarus with broken wings is the perfect way to bring to life the story of Icarus. A good tattoo artist will be able to show you a side of Icarus as seen in legends, but a great one will be able to instill life into the tattoo and make it as personal to the owner as possible.

One of the important scenes that can be used for an Icarus Tattoo is of Icarus falling is a common theme when it comes to tattoos, another theme however is of Icarus soaring through the skies, symbolizing the freedom one gains when it does not have any burdens. As free as a bird.

After you’ve decided on your style, it only remains to choose the way the tattoo will be done, blackwork, black or white, or even a splash of color to breathe life into it. Whatever you may choose, be sure that you always consult with your tattoo artist, as a professional can give you insights you might not consider when it comes to your next tattoo.

Icarus 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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