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Wizard Tattoo Designs and Meanings

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

This article will look into the many potential meanings of wizard tattoos, as well as provide some design inspiration for those looking to get their own.

This article will look into the many potential meanings of wizard tattoos, as well as provide some design inspiration for those looking to get their own.

Who Wants a Wizard Tattoo?

Wizard tattoos are considered to be a type of fantasy tattoo—one that's usually worn by someone that has interest in fantasy fiction or gaming.

But this design might also be chosen by those who practice or have an appreciation for the magical arts.

The wizard tattoo can be absolutely stunning. The shading and line work is crucial. The face paints the entire picture.

Wizard Tattoo Design Ideas

  • Realistic or cartoonish: Wizard tattoos can portray the figure as a realistic character or like a cartoon.
  • Moods matter: Consider a variety of different moods (happy, sad, optimistic, or evil). Evil wizards are generally the most common and popular. Though you might even consider a more fun or somewhat silly wizard.
  • Consider props: A wizard tattoo might include the staff, crystal ball, eight ball, hat, wand, sword, or a book of spells. A wizard might be portrayed reading from their spell book or even casting spells. They often depict skulls.
  • What environment is best?: They can portray the figure in numerous environments, stances, or situations. Lightning is a favorite, but so are clouds, flames, and fire. Or you could combine a few of those elements together.
  • Animals: They are often designed with different kinds of animals, with dragons being a particularly common favorite.
  • Popular fiction: Many are based off of popular book or movie characters. You may see designs based on characters from The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, or The Wizard of Oz.

Famous Wizards

Here's a quick list of some of the most famous wizards to help you get inspired:

  • Merlin: Probably the most famous wizard ever, this icon from the tales of King Arthur and the knights of the round table is something of the template for thousands of wizards to come after him. Can't go wrong with referencing this legend!
  • Gandalf: Another staple of wizardry, his long, flowing, white beard is almost as iconic as his bravery. This Lord of the Rings character is beloved around the world! Or if evil power is more your thing, there's always Sauron!
  • Harry Potter: The main character of the most popular novels about magic of the last few decades is a natural choice for some quality ink. Just don't forget about other choices like Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, or if you're feeling a bit more sinister, Lord Voldemort!
  • Tim the Enchanter: This silly and funny character from Monty Python and the Holy Grail is sure to get some laughs from fans!

What Does a Wizard Tattoo Represent?

This character can symbolize both positive and negative meanings, depending on the type of wizard portrayed.

With that being said, here are some of the more common meanings associated with this design:

Possible Meanings for Wizard Tattoos










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Remember though, in the end, your tattoo symbolizes what you want it to.

Before You Tattoo

There are some important things to remember before you get inked:

  • Make sure you take the time to do your research. You want to make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for.
  • Don't rush to get inked! Those that do usually have regrets down the road.
  • If you are not sure, wait it out until you find a design that you're sure about.


Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 27, 2012:

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Max, glad to hear from you again! How have you been? Great question, I don't know. I really don't. This is why you have to think about this tattoo before getting inked!

BeyondMax from Sydney, Australia on August 23, 2012:

Beautiful tribute but what to do if you 'outgrow' the image...

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 18, 2012:



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Thank you all for taking the time to drop by and comment. Tammy, you make a good point. In my opinion, if I would consider the wizard tattoo, I would want him to look like the guy in Lord of the Rings. I like the realistic version of the wizard for sure. Alastar, your right. Detail has to be right on these ones. If not, the tattoo never reaches that height. Frank, yeah. Goes back to the point that I want one that looks real, not as a cartoon. But different strokes for different folks. Gypsy, Das, Kashmir, Unknown, thanks again:)

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on August 16, 2012:

So the Wizard tats can be benevolent or malevolent Some of them do look like wizard entities brought to life through the ink. Also wonder if some people might think someone with this style could be an actual wizard or shaman themselves. Cool style Ricky, Up and Interesting for sure my friend.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 15, 2012:

Fantastic tattoos. Great info as always.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 14, 2012:

Some amazing and awesome tattoos !

Well done and vote up !!!

daskittlez69 from midwest on August 14, 2012:

I am not a huge fan of big tattoos, but some of these are really cool.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 14, 2012:

Waahh. This is so amazing! You really rockz!

Tammy from North Carolina on August 14, 2012:

This really makes me think of one of the best movies of all time.. Lord of the Rings. I can see many people getting one of these. These will probably spike in populartiy in December when the Hobbit comes out. Well done!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 14, 2012:

Damn these are amazing tattoos.. but again with this one you'll need a lot of flesh for canvas.. but still up and awesome bro :)

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