Tattoo Artists Consider These 10 Types Of Tattoos Bad Luck

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Although not all tattoos need to have a meaning, many are inked with meanings behind them. Most of these meanings are represented by good luck symbols. However, some of these symbols are not lucky at all.

Some tattoo symbols are inauspicious to those of certain religions, cultures or because of the layout of the tattoo itself.

Some tattoos have more universally evil energy due to the content itself. In a Bustle article, tattoo expert Lisa Barretta, author of Conscious Ink: the hidden meaning of tattoossays that “There is magic hidden in certain symbols. It is possible to have a bad emotional reaction to a tattoo if you are not familiar with the meaning of certain esoteric images. Certainly, in most cases, you determine what a symbol means to you personally, but there are ancient magical symbols that have no possibility of being other than what they are.”

The tattoo has always been considered sacred and mystical, and their power is always strong. For the superstitious or spiritual, tattoo artists warn against these certain symbols and images:

1. Upside down horseshoe

While the horseshoe is known to be a symbol of luck, there is an important distinction to make when placing your ink. It is believed that hanging a horseshoe with the ends pointing down means luck will “fall”, defeating the purpose of your horseshoe.

2. The name of your significant other

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Ahh, the “kiss of death tattoo”. Getting your partner’s name tattooed, no matter how good your relationship is, is considered the worst idea by most artists. Look to Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande for one of the most recent and viral celebrity couple examples. If your relationship is already failing, getting the other person’s name tattooed won’t save it.

If you want to get a tattoo in honor of your relationship, there are plenty of creative alternatives, such as your anniversary date.

3. An upside down cross

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While in general getting a tattoo facing you is a pet peeve for many artists, the upside down cross has a completely different meaning than when it is upright.

The symbolism of the cross has significant meaning for many people. However, as with the horseshoe, its placement and arrangement are important if your intention is not to honor the devil.

4. Asian characters

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While the most unlucky part of getting Asian characters is that they don’t usually mean what they think you do, there are also unlucky symbols in Asian culture that many customers don’t realize. For example, placing straight chopsticks in a bowl of rice in Chinese and Japanese cultures evokes food offerings left for the dead.

Other unlucky symbolisms include:

The number 4 (tetraphobia) in Chinese culture

The numbers 4 and 9 in Japanese culture

Also in Japanese culture, the number of 43 maternities literally means “stillborn”.

5. Fill the dragon’s eyes

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As the eyes are the windows to the soul, in Chinese culture it is unlucky to fill the eyes with a dragon tattoo until the tattoo is complete. The artist advises tattooing the eyes last, as it is believed “the dragon will feel the pain of getting the tattoo once its eyes are complete and its soul is intact.”

6. The number of the beast – 666

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Also known as hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, many wizards get a 666 tattoo. This well-known symbol of bad luck is sometimes dismissed by some artists, as they don’t want to play with the negative energy that can accompany the delivery of the ominous symbol. .

“Some people who have tattooed this number, even as a joke, have found that in some weird and scary way, they somehow attract negative situations into their lives,” Barretta said.

7. The Valknut

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As geometric tattoos remain popular and the triangle is a frontline shape, it’s important not to interlock them in a way that evokes the valknut symbol.

The valknut consists of three interlocking triangles and is known as the knot of death. Barretta warns that this is another symbol “not to be taken lightly” as it is one of the Odin symbols associated with death and death in battle.

8. Symbols of occultism

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Many symbols that appear to be avant-garde actually have deeper esoteric meanings. Sigils, inscribed symbols of the Lesser Key of Solomon, are particularly important to know what you are getting into, as they are a sigil created for a specific magical intent.

9. Macabre Tattoos

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Mythological meanings can potentially attract negative energies, and ghoulish images, such as bloody knives or dark images, are believed by some to attract the “bad juju tattoo”.

10. A black cat

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The black cat, one of the most infamous symbols of bad luck, was once praised before the Middle Ages, when people confused pagan practices with devil worship. The fanatics of that time considered black cats to be messengers of the devil and that’s when all the superstitions around black cats started. Some superstitious artists may be hesitant to tag you with a black cat. Especially under a ladder, licking up spilled salt.

Even if you don’t believe in these meanings, it’s worth understanding the roots of the symbol and image you’re getting tattooed. Or, take the risk *cue disturbing music.*

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