Horse tattoos have a rich symbolic tradition. And that’s because of the long and honored history of these magnificent beast. In Europe, the Horse as symbol goes back to pre Anglo Saxon times when it was a religious symbol as well as a synonym for the warrior. Twin horse gods, Stallion and Horse, were mythical brothers worshipped throughout ancient Britain. The famous White Horse of Uffington gives credence to the reverence and significance of the Horse during the Iron Age. It was carved into the hillside of the English landscape, measuring more than 100 metres in length, and believed to be more than three thousand years old. Some historians say it was the tribal symbol of local chieftains. The stylized image of the horse also appeared on Celtic coins, during pre-Roman times. The Celts of ancient Gaul and Britain were supreme horsemen who worshipped the Horse as the goddess Epona. The Romans adopted her as their own after they conquered these regions. Throughout the Roman Empire, shrines to the goddess were created in the stables of the Roman cavalry. She was even on the war-standards they carried into battle. When you get a horse tattoo you can be sure that you are getting one of the most revered and honored animals of all time immortalized into your skin.
The good old horse tattoo. This one apparently has the name of the owner of the horse written above it, or maybe it’s the name of the horse. But it is certainly someone who is very proud of and holds their horse in high regard. In the days of the old west a horse often meant the difference between life and death. The artwork could be better but it’s a nice horse tattoo just the same.
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