The labyrinth is one of man’s most incredible creations, and reflects so much more than a physical riddle.
It is a masterpiece of history and mythology, a glimpse inside the mind of man himself, the enigmatic complexities and shadowy obstacles that either dead-end or lead to a triumphant outcome.
Just as the labyrinth’s origins date back thousands of years, man has emblazoned the labyrinth’s image onto himself in a number of ways—including tattoo art.
There are a number of reasons you may consider a labyrinth tattoo. Perhaps the Greek myth of the Minotaur grips you with its tale of beastly evil and human courage, of battling one’s fears in the dark. Or maybe the symbolism of the labyrinth appeals to you, that in order to solve one’s troubles and make his way through life many twists and turns must be made, that mistakes are inevitable, but not the final say in a positive outcome. Just as many cultures believed the labyrinth could trap the evil that tormented man in the outside world, the labyrinth can also give birth to unexpected heroes.
There are many styles to choose from when navigating your own labyrinth tattoo. While many opt for the traditional black and white bird’s-eye-view motif, others choose more elaborate creations. Specific characters can be detailed within the labyrinth, as well as exterior focal points. In the end, it is your journey to make and tattoo to commemorate it.
A labyrinth tattoo is a timeless emblem that illuminates the maze of life each man must conquer. It is a reminder that some endings are beginnings in disguise, and what cannot be seen around the corner is an opportunity to be seized, rather than feared.