Unicorns have been mentioned in history since the 5th Century B.C., first described by Ctesias when writing about the exotic lands of India. Since then, unicorn myths have sprung to life within most cultures of the world, making them a hot commodity as unicorn tattoo artwork since the animal is beautiful, fully of mystique, linked to magic, and rumored to have once existed.
So many differing myths can be linked to unicorns, making artwork involving them quite a creative task with various symbolism needing to be reckoned with. There are myths that state only virgin maidens can tame and/or touch them (ever see the movie “Legend”?), that they’re actually more goat-like rather than horse-like, that their horns hold magical powers, and so-on and so-forth.
What do all these myths have to do with unicorn tattoo artwork? Everything! How you depict your unicorn shows which myths are linked to your special beast; your very own unicorn. While many designs show them as beautiful, elegant animals, you’ll find that some tats of them are silly or even grotesque. How you design your unicorn tattoo will show off the type of personality you’ve got as well as what myths you enjoy linking to them. And now…
Photos of Enchanting Unicorn Tattoo Artwork
- Cold Colors of a Mythical Creature
A surreal and truly enchanting piece of unicorn artwork, done with various shades of colors most people wouldn’t dream of colliding in a tattoo. This work has been done wonderfully, combinging realism with fantasy.
3. An Elegant Mythical Creature
You’ll find that a majority unicorn tattoos will have pearls and gems decorating their mane and horn, with braids in their mane and flowers. This shows the elegance of the creature for those of us that want a beautiful fairy tale engulfing a segment of our skin.
4. A Butterfly’s Best Friend
The artist of this unicorn tattoo artwork has a very special way of drawing their lines, being fluid and rounded versus sharp and jagged or even realistic. This colorful unicorn tattoo makes it look like the wearer has soft skin.
5. With the Sweeping Wings of Pegasus
If you’re feeling quite adventurous in pursuing a mythical creature tattoo, you can combine the various myths of both unicorns and Pegasus, the winged horse that is in Greek mythology. Here we can see both the horn and flowing wings both mythical creatures entail.
6. Smokey like a Fleeting Shadow
The lines of this unicorn are gorgeous, having pastel ink work done just on the lines, in the mane, and in the tail and hoofs. A truly unique piece of artwork that’s both elegant and mystical.
7. Water Color Wonder
You don’t have to color in your unicorn in a traditional manner. There are ink artists out there that specialize in colored shading and can make your unicorn look like it’s been done in watercolors.
8. Royal Gems
Look at the precise detail done on this colorful unicorn! Here is a perfect example of when white ink comes in handy, being used to outline details and fill in pearls amidst dark colors and designs. This wearer has contributed their entire leg to this mythical creature.
10. Signed with a Rose
Though the lines of this colorful unicorn tattoo are simple, they’re well placed and dimensional; proportionate to one another and create a beautiful piece of art that’s pleasurably to look at. Combining a rose with your unicorn along with “sparkles” (the mini diamonds and hearts) is always a favorite.
11. Within a Frame
Sometimes placing just the head of a unicorn in a frame can help the tat artist out – they then don’t have to perfect the body of the unicorn which can sometimes come out looking disproportionate.
12. Like Flowing Graffiti
This mythical creature looks as if it’s been created with spray paint on the side of a building. The colors fluidly combine with one another and white has been used to enhance the details. Also, take a look at those red gems! This unicorn looks vicious!
14. Royal Myth From Another World
A beautifully done piece of unicorn tattoo artwork that takes the elegance of this mythical creature to a whole new level. This isn’t your average, cheesy unicorn tat – this one’s detail surmounts them all.
15. Raining Love
If you aren’t trying to create a huge piece of artwork that’s enthralled with detail, consider a simplified version of your favorite mythical creature. Above you can see simple lines displaying a small but lovely shape of a unicorn with the added dimension of a cloud raining hearts. You definitely have to have a certain personality and style to pull of a tat like this one.
17. Keeping Childhood in Our Hearts & On Our Skin
This design is done perfectly, with perfect shading that makes this colorful unicorn look as if it’s a toy amidst a painting of a happy cloud and rainbow. It’s reminiscent of childhood, a great way to keep the era thriving within our hearts. Represent!
25. A Unicorn or Narwhal?
Just kidding! have you ever heard of the tales from the olden and almost ancient days when cons would sell narwhal horns to people, saying they were the horns of unicorns? Those that would buy these fake unicorn horns would then try to fashion healing potions and whatnot out of the horn, being clueless as to the reality that narwhals exist in certain parts of the world with similar horns we perceive as a unicorn’s.
26. Colorful Shading
Who needs lines when you can simply have a unicorn shaded with colors on your body? Be sure and choose a talented tattoo artist if you’re planning to get a tat similar to this one.
27. Unicorn Horn or Mystical Wand?
Whether or not you’ve read Harry Potter, you can see that this unicorn horn slightly resembles a wand, being perfectly placed on the forefinger to guide its mystical powers in the direction you point.
29. Within a Mirror
Another lovely example of a framed unicorn head, but this version only holds shades of blues and grey within it. You can choose to have various shades of any color of your liking to display on your unicorn.
32. Little Fat Flying Unicorn
Placing a tattoo behind the ear is a perfect solution for those of us that want to have a tattoo we can both show off and cover up depending on the situation and event. This little fat unicorn is absolutely adorable, peeking out of the wearer’s hair to look at you!
33. Celestial Magic
If you plan on getting a super colorful tat of a unicorn such as the one above, be sure and see samples of your artist’s work to ensure the ink they use is as vivid as you’re expecting.
35. The Narwhal (The Real) and the Unicorn (The Myth)
Wonderful! Here’s a piece of unicorn tattoo artwork that also displays a narwhal – the creature I had mentioned before in which used to be hunted for its horn (sold as a “unicorn” horn to unsuspecting victims that believed).
36. Evil, Dark, Mysterious
This piece of unicorn tattoo artwork borders on the dark and evil side rather than the light and usually happy side that unicorns are normally associated with. You can get creative in how you display your very own unicorn.
53. Beautiful Outline
An elegant piece of art, combining the unicorn and Pegasus myths as it rears on the rib cage.
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