When it comes to picking a tattoo, the first thought that comes into mind when thinking of the Greek Pantheon is the thought of picking from a multitude of Zeus Tattoos. And how could you not consider the King of Olympus as your next God Tattoo?
The King of the Gods, The Sky Father, the Bearer of Lightning and Thunder. The youngest of his elders, he was considered the wisest of them. The entire Greek Pantheon revolves around Zeus. It all started with the Prophecy that Kronus, the leader of the Titans, would be overthrown by his son. So in fear of that Prophecy coming true, Kronus swallowed his children.
When Zeus was about to be born, Rhea, his mother sought Gaia to devise a plan to save Zeus from being eaten by his father. Rhea gave birth to Zeus in Crete, handing Cronus a rock wrapped in swaddling clothes, which he promptly swallowed. After reaching manhood, Zeus forced Cronus to disgorge first the stone than his siblings in reverse order of swallowing.
After the battle with the Titans, Zeus shared the world with his elder brothers, Poseidon and Hades, by drawing lots: Zeus got the sky and air, Poseidon the waters, and Hades the world of the dead (the underworld). The ancient Earth, Gaia, could not be claimed; she was left to all three.
In most traditions, he is married to Hera, by whom he is usually said to have fathered Ares, Hebe, and Hephaestus.
Zeus was respected as the All-father, the supreme leader of the Greek gods!
Zeus Tattoos Meaning
As the King of Gods, Zeus represents the strength to stand above all others, the mercy and responsibility it comes with the wearing of the crown, and the leadership to rule and influence the life of others. Above all this, Zeus represents the order and balance between peace and war. Peaceful king during times of peace, and ready to unleash his wrath in times of war. If you are a natural-born leader, then a Zeus Tattoo will be a fitting addition to your skin!
Zeus Tattoo Ideas
Zeus is more often than not depicted by Greek artists in one of two poses: standing, striding forward with a thunderbolt leveled in his raised right hand, or seated in majesty.
Zeus’s most known weapon is his thunderbolt, which he threw at his enemies as a greek javelin. This shows his dominance over the skies. His most commonly known shape-shifting forms are an eagle or a flame of life.
As we mentioned, thunder is the most common element that is present in a Zeus tattoo, so it can be customized to be included in all types of tattoos.
There are a lot of ways in which you can customize a Zeus tattoo to make it unique and tailored to your liking. For example, the styling of the art. You can choose from a huge range of styles, like blackwork, dotwork, neo-traditional, full colored, realistic style, or sketch. Whichever style fits your taste, you should consider making it as unique as possible, because each tattoo tells its own story.
Zeus Tattoo Designs
So whether you feel that deep inside of you, you are a born leader of men, or you have a compassionate heart for your friends or family, and you want to have a Zeus Tattoo for your next project, then we hope that you have at least caught a glimpse of what you might use for your next project.
Just remember, these tattoos are here to be used as inspiration, it ultimately comes down to the person that will wear it, and the artist’s vision and skill, and just remember, make your next tattoo unique!
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