30 of the Most Beautiful and Mysterious Venetian Mask Tattoos and Their Meaning
Tattoos blossom at the crossroads of bodies and art, the physical and the imaginary. Their colors, shapes, and symbols pulsate with memories, meanings, and emotions. Above all, body art captures and reveals unspoken thoughts and feelings so whatever sort of picture or design you choose for a tattoo, it’s important to know the meaning behind it.
As you already know if you’ve been following us, we love visually impressive tattoos with rich symbolism behind – today we’re going to feed your ink addiction with 20 of the most beautiful Venetian mask tattoos.
So, what’s behind the mask? Masks have been a topic of intrigue for centuries. While they are used in many cultures, no other masks conjure mystery and intrigue quite like Venetian masquerade masks.
Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition of Venice, Italy. The masks are typically worn during the Carnival (Carnival of Venice), but have been used on many other occasions in the past, usually as a device for hiding the wearer’s identity and social status. It was useful for a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal, others just personal, such as romantic encounters.
Venetian masks are characterised by their ornate design, featuring bright colours such as gold or silver and the use of complex decorations in the baroque style.
Beautiful and mysterious, Venetian masquerade masks have inspired detailed tattoo designs fit for artists and realism lovers. A masquerade mask tattoo is a dramatic way to reveal your theatrical side and carry both the tragedy and comedy of life. Whether you enjoy the mystery and seduction of the ball, or simply have an alter ego you want to reveal a glimpse of, Venetian mask tattoos makes a sophisticated if not elegant choice.
There are several popular types of masquerade masks, each one referring to a specific character: Harlequin, the Plague Doctor, the Moon, etc. It’s helpful to study and research their history in plays so that you can find a masked identity that best suits your very own persona.
However, the various types of masquerade masks can be ornamental and mysterious, or downright terrifying but they all express the human duality, the symbol union of two opposing personalities in one person.
Because they show a theatrical and feminine personality, they are often worn by women, but some men also like them, opting for more dramatic designs.
Below you can find 30 creative examples of Venetian mask tattoos put together for your inspiration. Enjoy!