Edgar Allen Poe Tattoo Designs

Updated on January 23, 2016

Tattoos of Edgar Allen Poe and His Words

Edgar Allen Poe has become more of a fascinating individual after his death than he was during his lifetime.

In fact, Poe was known in his day more as a literary critic than an author, and grew in popularity as an author after his death at the young age of 40.

The works of fiction of Poem, at least those that are the most popular, are Gothic in nature, catering to the taste and whims of the general public at the time.

Surprisingly, at least to me, the tattoos surrounding Poe and his works, as far as designs go, don't include much of the macabre, outside of some of the words he wrote.

Most of the tattoo art, outside his writings, are of Poe himself, which always seems to include a bit of the Gothic in his looks.

Edgar Allen Poe Tattoo Choices

To me it's too bad there weren't more Gothic-related tattoos, as his works in that genre, as well as in his satire, science fiction and detective themes, created some good material to experiment with various designs for tattoos.

Even so, the words of Poe as tattoos look fantastic, and when used with other designs and props, really stand out well. After all, for most, it's the words of Edgar Allen Poe which had such a strong, lasting effect, not only the images conjured up from them.

Portrait Caricature Tattoo of Edgar Allen Poe

The majority of tattoos celebrating Edgar Allen Poe or his works, are either portrait tattoos or tattoos of the words he wrote. With this first tattoo, I thought it would be a great idea to show one that was somewhat of a caricature of what Poe looked like, displaying some of the sad and tormented man he apparently was.

Poe's life was somewhat shrouded in mystery, but the loss and scandals surrounding his life in fact took a toll on him; one of the reasons his life was so short.

This tattoo is a fantastic one in the sense of showing, especially through those saddened eyes, who the man seems to have really been.

Dream Within a Dream Tattoo

The words in this this good looking butterfly tattoo are from Poe's 'Dream Within a Dream.' It says:

All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I like the way the butterfly wings scroll at the ends, giving the appearance of reading it on stationary of some sort.


Another 'Dream Within a Dream' Tattoo

Obviously 'Dream Within a Dream' is one of the more popular poems of Poe, and that is reflected in the choice people make in having his words inked on them. Here's another one with a very different look than the butterfly tattoo above with the poem on it.


Dream by Day Poe Tattoo

The words of Poe: Dream by Day, are the script of this tattoo, which is fantastic in its look and simplicity. The way the 'Y' scrolls into the branch with the raven sitting on it is awesome to me. That dark ink makes it stand out awesomely.

Come Windless Invader - Poe Tattoo

The choice of the font in this script of Poe's words is perfect. The outstanding depth of the ink and the clarity of the letters and words make this a terrific tattoo design celebrating the works of Poe.

Poe Scroll Tattoo

The choice of using a scroll as the backdrop to Poe's poem was a fantastic one with this tattoo. Cursive as part of the font for the script looks really good, and the scroll is really well done. The shadowing especially is very appealing to me. It's a great canvass for worthy words.


Portrait Tattoo of Poe

Rather than include the usual raven as the design associated with Poe, this tattoo artist chose to present the feathers of the raven to present the portrait of Edgar Allen Poe. I think it was a terrific choice.

As for the red color surrounding Poe, I think his image would have stood out better without it, although it may have been a nod to the Gothic focus of who he was as a writer.

Edgar Allen Poe Tattoo Gallery

There we complete our brief look at the tattoo Gallery of Edgar Allen Poe and his works. It amazes me how a tattoo artist can take the words of a man and weave them into such a compelling image for all to enjoy.

The design and works are combined to create an entirely new interpretation of who Edgar Allen Poe was and what was deep inside him. You can't ask for much more than that.


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      williamsa 6 years ago

      Great hub! I wrote my senior research paper on Edgar Allen Poe.