Who’s ready for a historical mythology lesson? No one? Well tough, you’re getting one anyway. Today’s tattoo gallery focuses around unicorns, one of the oldest mythological creatures still regularly talked about and depicted today, so we’re going to illuminate you on the subject.
First and foremost, unicorns are not, and never have been, real. This may seem like a bit of no-brainer, but there have been numerous historical accounts of people setting out on unicorn hunts. The longstanding hypothesis was that unicorns existed just outside the fringes of the known world, but explorations and colonization of the vast majority of Earth have proven such claims to be false.
In 1663, Otto Von Guericke, who was the mayor of Magdeburg, Germany at the time, used fossil bones of a wooly rhinoceros and a mammoth along with the horn of a narwhale to create a two-legged unicorn skeleton. The people of the time were so dumb that one of the most skeptic and well known scholars of the era, Gottfried Leibniz, examined the remains and was convinced the fossils were from a real unicorn skeleton. He’s not the only one to have been duped by a narwhale horn though. They have a longstanding tradition of being pawned off as unicorn horns to ignorant noblemen for an exorbitant payday.
Marco Polo mistook rhinoceroses as unicorns, describing them as, “They have the hair of a buffalo and feet like an elephant’s. They have a single large black horn in the middle of the forehead… They have a head like a wild boar’s… They spend their time by preference wallowing in mud and slime. They are very ugly brutes to look at. They are not at all such as we describe them when we relate that they let themselves be captured by virgins, but clean contrary to our notions.”
Unicorns are widely regarded for their majestic beauty and purity, which is how they’re often portrayed in stories. This makes them perfect icons for tattoo designs. Many of the unicorn tattoos below focus on these traits, utilizing bright colors and giving the unicorn a peaceful look or even a smile. However, there are legends and supernatural stories of wild, ferocious unicorns too – making them great mythological representations for all sorts of meanings.