What is a Norse or Viking tattoo? Usually it is a tattoo featuring designs related to the glorious past of the Nordic countries or some aspect of the Viking Age culture. If you are to get a Norse tattoo, you probably wouldn’t like to have a design with some fake concepts. Unfortunately, modern pop culture has a lot of completely distorted ideas about Vikings, like horned or winged helmets, huge double axes and men with tresses. All this has nothing to do with historical truth. Probably the best way to find creative ideas for a great Norse tattoo is studying original Viking runestone designs and rich ornaments found on decorated items from hoards and ship burials. A great way to make your design truly unique is adding your name written in Norse runes to it. Articles within this category and elsewhere on the present web site will be a valuable resource for your research on Norse tattoo designs. This site is on Vikings and for Vikings; it has only accurate scholarly information on the Viking Age, Norse warriors and runic inscriptions.
Photo courtesy Prince Heathen. Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic Licence. The tattoo represents the so-called dancing warriors from the Sutton Hoo helmet.