So the tattoo on my forearm is from a Viking coin…
Practically every symbol of Odin has been used by Nazis, fascists and neo-Nazis in the last century. It sucks, because I wanted some Odin stuff but would pretty much die before I inked a symbol like that on myself, or connected myself with any of that.
This raven looked even a bit too close to the Nazi eagle for me to be comfortable, so that tattoo artist altered it by adding knotwork and extending the tail. Then he hid the Odin rune (currently also a neo-Nazi symbol, sigh) in the tail knot:
Odin’s two ravens are Hugin and Munin. My kids say this one is Hugin, but we call him Hugh. 😀
I heart good ink, and that there is good. 🙂
I’m currently contemplating my next tattoo … just not sure if I want to do it before my wedding or not. Miss you!!
Ooo! You guys should both get!! ;p
That’s *sweet*. My only tattoo is my combat patch on my right shoulder. Nowhere near as cool looking, but it’s what I earned, so I took it. But whoever did yours, does some very nice work!
I’d say a combat patch you earned is… well, way more awesome than my dubious claim to that raven. For serious. This is also not a story I have yet heard and would like to, by the way.