Myths, legends, and fairy tails are popular themes for tattoos. But Medusa tattoos are an especially popular choice.

The Medusa was a monstrous creature from Greek mythology who was described as having the face of a hideous human woman with living venomous snakes instead of hair. She didn’t start out ugly though; originally she was a beautiful golden-haired maiden…

…Buuuuut, she had some sexy-fun-times and offended a goddess.

As the story goes, Medusa was a devoted priestess of Athena who had been committed to her vows of celibacy… Until Poseidon came along and “wooed” her. She was predictably smitten and agreed to marry him, giving zero fucks about her vows by that point.

This act of hubris from one of her own priestesses pissed Athena off pretty bad. So to punish Medusa, Athena changed her golden locks of hair into venomous snakes and her once beautiful eyes became blood shot orbs that would turn onlookers to stone.

Thus, she fled her homeland and lived a miserable, lonely existence until she was eventually killed by the hero Perseus. But Perseus is a whole other thing, which we won’t get into at this time.

Anyway… Below are some amazing Medusa tattoos!

 

Neotraditional Medusa Tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Justin Harris

 

Color Medusa Tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Tyler Anderson

 

Neotraditional Medusa Tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Dan Molloy

 

Neotraditional Medusa Tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Justin Acca

 

Full Back Medusa Tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Marius Meyer

 

Medusa Tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Sam Smith aka Scragpie

 

Medusa Tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Josh Payne

 

Neotraditional Medusa Tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Mike Moses

 

Color Medusa Tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Tim Pagburn

 

Black and Gray Medusa Tattoo

Tattoo Artist: Matt Jordan