Reviewed & updated: April 7, 2023 by Jamie Wilson BA
If you’re looking for a good Hel tattoo, then look no more as here we have the list of best Hel tattoos in this article below.
Hel is known as the Norse goddess of death.
Norse mythology tells how Hel accommodates and guides the dead in hell. Hel, Norse goddess of death is the ruler of hell and the souls of the dead live in her kingdom.
Norse Hel tattoo designs are quite rare and thus it can be a great opportunity to get a unique and special tattoo. Moreover, the Hel goddess tattoo brings a rich mythological history along with it. However, it should be noted that these tattoos, like the Norse Hel tattoo, are intricate and thus needs an expert artist to deliver the artwork accurately.
Small Girl Hel Tattoo
The trend has been there for quite sometime where some villainous fictional characters are imagined as a young child. It not only lessens the negative meanings of the design, but also helps the wearer express that no one is born bad. The picture above shows a large tattoo sleeve of an adorable little girl with one side of her face showing the true face of the goddess, Hel. The girl is holding a small knife in her hand and some blue leaves are surrounding her.
Half-human Half-goddess Hel Tattoo
Another trendy version of villainous fictional character tattoo designs is drawing them as half-human. Usually the wearer wishes to express a softer nature through these, like the picture above. It is a sleeve tattoo of a woman who has half the face of a woman and the rest half is of goddess Hel. The goddess is usually associated with a wolf-like creature that protects the gates of Hell. The tattoo artist has drawn a rendition of that creature below the Norse goddess Hel tattoo.
Mythological Hel Tattoo
Goddess Hel holds a lot of significance in Norse mythology. She is the goddess of death who rules hell as her kingdom and accommodates the dead in the afterlife. The picture above shows a large sleeve tattoo of three major female characters from mythology. The uppermost tattoo is of Goddess Athena with her animal owl, the tattoo in the middle is of Queen Boudica with a hare, and the bottommost tattoo is of Goddess Hel with her animal, a wolf or a dog.
Black Ink Hel Tattoo
Black ink tattoos have been here since people started tattooing for the first time and it still remains a top choice for many people to this day. Realistic tattoos, Chicano tattoos, and many more have been discovered through black ink tattoos and they can undoubtedly be beautiful as evident from the picture above. It is a Hel tattoo imagined as a young girl wearing modern clothes with two horns on her head while she is holding a black flower in her hand. The tattoo is drawn in Chicano style.
Symbolic Hel Tattoo
Norse mythology is full of such symbols that bear many deep meanings. A number of them can be associated with the Hel tattoo, like the picture above. It shows a Hel tattoo drawn with geometric patterns made up of thin lines and minimal shading. A human skull has been drawn below the Hel tattoo with a Norse Vegvisir symbol drawn on the skull’s forehead. The vegvisir symbol represents finding one’s path through a storm and in this tattoo it might represent that goddess Hel guides the dead through rough paths of hell.
Chicano Hel Tattoo
Chicano tattoos are a testament to the artistic brilliance of Mexican-American people. Any form of Chicano tattoos look beautiful, like the picture above. It is an intricately drawn Chicano style Hel tattoo on the wearer’s back of the hand. The fingers are adorned with Viking runes or Norse alphabets. The symbol on the little finger reads ‘Ansuz’ which represents ‘divine power and wisdom’, the ring finger reads ‘Algiz’ which represents ‘protection’, the middle finger reads ‘Othila’ which represents ‘heritage and inheritance’, and finally the index finger reads ‘Raido’, which represents ‘journey’.
Realistic Hel Tattoo
Realistic tattoos are usually art masterpieces etched on a person’s skin. It shows the caliber of a tattoo artist. It takes a lot of time and effort, but everything is worth the results, as evident from the picture above. It shows a gorgeous Hel tattoo sleeve. The design is drawn as a realistic tattoo where the goddess Hel is wearing a scary headdress, some charming jewelry, and holding a heart in her hand which is actually a skeleton. These tattoo styles might be rare in the country but this Hel Norse tattoo can be very unique.
Scary Hel Tattoo
The most described form of the goddess Hel is quite scary. She does not have a full form. She rules hell and accordingly, half of her body is similar to a skeleton or a demon, like the picture above. It is an intricately drawn half sleeve Hel tattoo. The black ink tattoo is of a woman sitting with two shackles in her hands which are on fire. The body of the woman is half-human and bones can be seen coming out from the rest half. She has two horns on her head.
Hel Tattoo Sleeve
Sleeve tattoos are one of the most common tattoos people choose to get. It’s the most suitable part of the body where you show your tattoo with freedom and the artist also gets the most freedom to work. The picture above shows a half sleeve forearm Hel tattoo. Goddess Hel in this tattoo has been imagined mostly as a beautiful woman with one half of her face having demon features. A few leaves can be seen above her head. The shading work in the entire tattoo has been done in dot work.
Marvel Hela Tattoo
Marvel comics have many characters from the Norse mythology as their main hero characters, like Thor, Odin, Loki, or Frigga, and goddess Hel or as depicted in the Marvel Comics and movies, ‘Hela’. The picture above is of a half sleeve tattoo of goddess Hela showed in her Marvel movie. The face and costume of the character in this tattoo perfectly resembles the one that was shown in the movie and the colour work has been done impeccably well.
Getting a tattoo is one of the best feelings of this world, the anticipation of the result is one to live for. Apart from the above tattoo styles, you can also opt for a black sails tattoo or a Hel tattoo with a skull, skeleton or a design of a soul in a bottle.
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