51 Awesome Egyptian Tattoo Ideas For Men and Women

Are you on the hunt for a tattoo that will make you stand out from the crowd? Do you want to be original?  Do you want a tattoo that is especially meaningful to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will be excited to explore the world of Egyptian-themed tattoos with us!  Anything from Egyptian mythology will be artful, meaningful, and unique.  The list of ideas can go on and on, and we have dedicated this entire post  to Egyptian tattoos.

Having an Egyptian tattoo will definitely make you stand out!  Why do we say that?  First, all Egyptian-inspired tattoos have an attractive design. Second, any Egyptian tattoo will have significant meaning since all Egyptian-inspired tattoo designs are taken from abundant and age-old Egyptian mythology.  Egyptian mythology is loaded with a myriad of different gods, goddesses, and god-like creatures, and every single Egyptian image symbolizes something. For example:  you want a tattoo that symbolizes love,  but you don’t want the same boring heart theme that everyone else has.  Why not consider a tattoo of the Egyptian goddess, Isis?  Isis is the epitome of love in Egyptian mythology.  Love symbols are just an example.  If you don’t want a love tattoo, don’t worry.  There are numerous other Egyptian tattoos you can have done.  We are here to show you just a few of the hundreds of ideas that are out there!

Let’s have a look at 51 Awesome Egyptian Tattoo Ideas for Men and Women!

1.  Our first choice for Egyptian-themed tattoos is the beautiful goddess, Nekhbet!

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Nekhbet, the vulture goddess, rendered here in stunning, vivid color!  She is the most ancient of Egyptian oracles, dating back to BEFORE the dynastic era of Egypt!  For the very image of beauty, grace and truth, we suggest this image of Nekhbet!  It is shown here on a woman’s arm but it would be lovely anywhere!

2.  Flying Ma’at:  Next on our list of Egyptian-themed tattoos, Flying Ma’at.

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Ma’at is the Egyptian goddess of truth, justice, and order.  She represents law and morality.  This Egyptian moon goddess is often shown controlling the heavens and the seasons.  Without Ma’at, chaos would reign in the world of gods and men!  Are order and harmony important to you?  Do you value the realm of law, morality, and justice?  Do you strive for balance?  If so, then a tattoo of the Egyptian goddess, Flying Ma’at, is a perfect choice for you!  Here, Flying Ma’at is shown on a woman’s abdomen but, it would also work beautifully on your back, across your shoulders.

3. Horus:  Horus, ancient Egyptian god of war, the sky, and Falcons

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War is the domain of this Egyptian deity.  He also rules flight!  Even if war isn’t your thing, any depiction of Horus is awesome!  Horus is pictured on a man’s arm here but, anything this cool will fit anywhere you decide to put it!

4.  Little Nemes:  For something less imposing and large, we suggest a small version of the Nemes.

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Nemes is the actual name of the headdresses worn ONLY by Egyptian pharaohs in ancient Egypt and, in ancient Egypt, the reigning pharaoh was considered God by the masses.  For the ultimate symbol of royalty and power, look no further than the Nemes! The Nemes is the perfect way to pack a LOT of power into a small, unique tattoo.  This small design would be perfect in your hand, a finger, or some other small area.

5.  The Winged Solar Disk:  The Winged Solar Disk symbolizes eternal light and life in Egyptian myth.

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For the ULTIMATE symbol of eternal power, there is nothing like Winged Solar Disk of ancient Egypt!  If you want to show the world that you are a powerful, eternal being, you should really look into this Egyptian-themed tattoo design!  It would be ideal across the shoulders, or, as pictured here, across your chest.

6.  Anubis:  Anubis is the Egyptian god of the dead.

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The ancient Egyptians revered the dead far more than they ever revered the living and, Anubis ruled over this entire realm.  This ancient Egyptian, jackal-headed god ruled over every aspect of death:  the spirits of the dead, the ancient Egyptian burial rites, all of it.  For a definite statement of the ultimate power, Anubis is the god for you.  His countenance would look amazing anywhere you have it placed!

7.  Set meets Horus:  The meeting of two opposites.

 

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While Set is the ancient Egyptian god of disaster and storms, Horus is just the opposite.  Horus is the ancient  embodiment of the sun itself, representing warmth and serenity.  The meeting of these two ancient gods represents the meeting  of two sides of the same personality – the wild side and the calm side.  A double tattoo such as this could easily symbolize your inner balance or an acceptance of all facets of your character.  A placement on the wrists, as shown here, works beautiful but, it would work just as well in any place where the two ancient gods can face one another.

8. The Wadjat Egyptian Tattoo

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This ancient Egyptian symbol for the circle of life actually predates dynastic Egypt.  In other words, this symbol was around long before the pharaohs came to rule Egypt.  It’s elegant depiction of the circle of life, surrounded and protected by two cobras, and guided by the eye of the sun, is the perfect tattoo for anyone who truly values the sanctity of life!  What makes the Wadjat even better is that it is perfect for a man or a woman!  It would be stunning across the back, as shown here, or across the shoulders or stomach.

9.  Ancient Egyptian Tattoo

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This ancient sarcophagus is, perhaps, the most iconic and well known ancient Egyptian symbol of all!  All royalty in ancient Egypt was buried in this unmistakable casket!  For a tattoo that everyone will recognize, we suggest this sarcophagus!  Pictured here, it’s on the forearm but, it would work well anywhere!

10. Arrows: all ancient cultures used arrows but, ancient Egyptian arrows contain a certain flare.

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Although arrows, in general, are very common in the tattoo world, anything Egyptian is always artistic and elegant, making ancient Egyptian arrows stand out from the crowd. are very common tats. For a tattoo that screams prowess during the hunt or victory in war, the ancient Egyptian arrow tattoo is definitely for you!  Place it on the arm as shown here, or maybe on a shoulder.

11. The Ankh:  the ancient Egyptian symbol of eternal life.

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The ankh – another iconic symbol of ancient Egypt.  The ankh signified its holder as the reigning pharaoh and represents life, breath and air.  This lovely tattoo is stunning on the wrist but would really work well anywhere you have it done.  You can’t go wrong with a tattoo of the ancient Egyptian ankh.

12. The Golden Nemes:  Best known as the burial mask of the boy-king, Tutankhamen.

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Tutankhamen may be even better known than Isis herself, perhaps because his story is relatively new and modern compared to the culture he comes from, or maybe because his story is the most intriguing of all.  A boy made king at a young age, his rule only lasted about nine years.  His story and artifacts have traveled the globe more than once.  Any tattoo of the golden nemes of King Tut will add elegance and drama to your body art!

13. The Eye of Ra:  also known as the eye of God.

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It was believed, in ancient Egypt, that their god, Ra, was always watching, that his eye was everywhere.  The Eye of Ra placed in the center of the pyramid is the quintessential symbol of eternal divinity!  This tattoo would work well on the chest or between the shoulders.

14. Amun-Ra: the combination of two powerful gods of ancient Egypt, Amun and Ra.

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Occasionally, between dynasties in ancient Egypt, two very powerful gods would become one and the same god, thus making that god twice as powerful.  That is the case with Amun-Ra – Amun, the old king of the gods and god of the wind, became enmeshed with, Ra, the new king of the gods and god of the sun.  For the ultimate symbol of masculine divine power, a tattoo of Amun-Ra is perfect!

15. Isis: The Egyptian goddess of love.

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Isis is the Egyptian mother goddess, representing love, creation, motherhood, and fertility.  If you personally value the things that Isis represents, a beautifully rendered tattoo of her may be exactly what you are looking for.  You might consider having the tattoo done on your chest, over your heart.  Here, it is pictured on the arm.  With this vivid color and gorgeous face of this design, you can’t help but feel more beautiful than ever before!

16. Ma’at: The Egyptian goddess of truth and justice, up close and personal.

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The face of Ma’at, a brilliant combination of sparkling beauty and keen justice!  What better way to show your love of justice than a beautifully rendered tattoo of the face of the lovely goddess, Ma’at!

17. The Pharaoh in the Stars: a dramatic combination!

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What better way to symbolize eternal life than with a combination of two of the most timeless Egyptian symbols around?  This amazing tattoo combines the eternal presence of the pharaoh with the age-old figure of the pyramid, all on a stunning backdrop of the stars and heavens!  What an elegant way to express yourself!

18.  Set: ancient Egyptian god of chaos and destruction.

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In ancient Egypt, Set was the divine bringer of chaos and destruction – he was the symbol of flood and famine, earthquake and volcano!  The ancient Egyptian god Set is the ultimate if you prize the power of nature in all of it’s majesty!

19.  The Death Mask of Tutankhamen.

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For a dramatic, rather intense effect, you might have this amazing rendition of Tutankhamen tattooed on the back of your hand.

20. Hieroglyphs: the written language of ancient Egypt.

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Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs have fascinated the masses for centuries!  Imagine! A secret engraved on your very skin that nobody understands but you! Or, your wedding vows, in hieroglyphics!  That is entirely possible with a hieroglyphic tattoo!

21.  Isis the Observer

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Do you strive to observe the world through the eyes of love and compassion?  Do you value inner beauty as the most sacred beauty?  If so, this small depiction of Isis is a good choice for your.  Elegant and small, it is the ideal tattoo for a feminine woman.

22. The Return of Anubis

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This powerful tattoo depicts Anubis, ancient Egyptian god of the Underworld, in fantastic magnification.  He bears the legendary scepter, one of the two symbols of royalty in ancient Egypt.  This large scale tattoo will best fit on a large area of your body, such as the ribs area shown here, or along a shoulder.

23.  The Supreme Ankh

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The ankh, first breath of creation, and Ra, the king of the ancient Egyptian pantheon, combine here to create a tattoo that is both beautiful and powerful.  It is perfect on a fore-arm, as above, but it really is perfect anywhere you have it done.

24. Loving Pharaoh: another portrayal of the child-king, Tutankhamen.

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This beautiful tattoo is a portrayal of Pharaoh observing, with tender eyes, the image of the lotus, symbol of love and life.  This tattoo would show everyone that you can be powerful and  full of love and tenderness at the same time.  What a beautiful representation of balance!

25. Stylized Egyptian-themed dog.

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This tattoo is a stylized combination of several Egyptian themes. The jackal (sometimes a dog) is associated with Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld.  The ankh is the ancient symbol of eternal life or the first breath of life.  The eye of Ra (also known as a symbol of Ma’at) is clearly depicted on the dog’s face.  This tattoo is the embodiment of some the most sacred concepts on Earth.

26. Winged Ma’at

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Winged Ma’at, the perfect image of the balance represented by the goddess Ma’at!  This tattoo is especially suited to wide areas of the body such as the upper back, shown here.

27.  Anubis, Guardian of the ancient Egyptian underworld.

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This image of the great Anubis shows an amazing use of color and pattern. This is where artistry meets history. A wonderful depiction of the Egyptian god, Anubis, holding his scepter and watching over his realm. It is a symbol of power and authority.

28.  Nemes on the shoulder.

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In this fantastic piece, it is almost as if Pharaoh himself  sits on your shoulder, ready to strike.  No matter where you get this tattoo on your body, it emanates an impression of strength and courage.

29. Another Aspect of Anubis: Anubis, the Warrior.

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Ever wanted to be a warrior? This is just for you. The Egyptian god, Anubis, stands at the ready to strike down his enemies.

30. The Brothers.

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Horus and Anubis are shown with the Ankh and Ra encircling them.  Forever opposed and forever connected.  It shows a sense of loyalty but, at the same time, continual opposition.

31. Nekhbet, the Vulture Goddess.

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Nekhbet is the most ancient oracle of predynastic Egypt!  This lovely tattoo is perfect for anyone who values clear vision and planning ahead.

32. Kneeling Isis

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You really cannot go wrong with this image of Isis kneeling with wings out-stretched!  This is the perfect image of grace and balance!

33.  The Sacred Lotus

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The magical lotus, shown on the shoulder above, closes at night and sinks beneath the water, only to rise and bloom again every morning!  Naturally, it became a symbol of the sun and life in ancient Egypt.  This tattoo is a perfect representation of renewal and rebirth!

34. Bast, the ancient Egyptian Cat Goddess

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Cats were sacred to the goddess Bast and to ancient Egyptians.  They were also considered guardians of the underworld, keeping the spirits of the dead where they belonged. This is the perfect tattoo for cat-lovers!

35. The Ancient Egyptian Pantheon

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This intriguing collage of the Egyptian pantheon is the perfect tattoo for the true Egypt lover! It depicts Isis, Ra, Anubis, Horace, and more!

36.  The Eye of Ra

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This version of the powerful Eye of Ra is more discreet and simple than others, making it a good choice for someone who prefers a more subtle form of self-expression.  Placement here on the back of the neck is just perfect.

37.  Mirrored Bast

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This is the perfect symbol of dark elegance!  The sacred ankh, symbol of life eternal, is guarded on either side by Bast, a guardian of the underworld.  It is a wonderful sight to behold. The wings curve to give a feeling of satisfaction and freshness.

38.  Battle of the Gods

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A dramatic depiction of the eternal battle that rages between Horus, the god of life, and Anubis, the god of death!   This tattoo is the essence of life itself!

39.  The Great Pyramids and the Mysterious Sphinx

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The great pyramids and the mysterious sphinx – iconic hallmarks of the Egyptian skyline!  These ancient relics of Egyptian culture still hold the world in awe and inspire us to do great things.  For the perfect symbol of inspiration and accomplishment, we strongly suggest this piece!

40. Divine Judgement

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A scene from the court of Osiris where men are judged and it is decided where they will spend their afterlife. This tattoo contains numerous elements of ancient Egyptian belief.  Although it is shown as a sleeve here, it is very well suited to the back or chest because of how large and detailed the scene is.

41. Curvy Ra

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This tattoo is very masculine.  It’s use of so many patterns and shapes makes it intriguing, you could look at it for hours and continue to find new elements.

42.  Anubis on Scales

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The great god, Anubis, sits atop the scales of justice,  deciding the fate of a soul. Wonderful tattoo on your arm.

43. Patterned Ankh

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The ankh is probably the most adaptable symbol of ancient Egypt.  It works well in any size and you can do so many different things with it!  Here, it’s big enough to cover half an arm and other Egyptian symbols are contained within.  For a truly flexible tattoo idea, we suggest an ankh!

44.  The Sacred Scarab

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The sacred scarab!  The scarab is linked to all sorts of Egyptian myth!  It works well for both male and female and is much more subtle than other Egyptian-themed tattoos.

45.  Seth Seeks Isis

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This beautiful combo tattoo has deep meanings.  It represents love and revenge.  You can never go wrong with this on your hands.

46.  Knuckles of the Gods

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The hieroglyphic symbols for each to ten different deities across your knuckles!  What better way to honor an entire pantheon!  You could also use hieroglyphics to form a word or phrase that is meaningful to you.

47.  The Winged Scarab

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Fearless tiny heart. I love tattoos on the neck. They are really seductive and sexy.

48.  The Sun Scarab

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The sacred scarab holding up the sun. A combination of fearless power and life’s breath.  The tattoo here is placed on the lower part of the neck.

49.  Flying Ma’at

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This tattoo of the winged goddess is a symbol of love, honor and power. It is for  go-getters and girls that rock.

50.  The Jewels of Isis

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The jewels of Isis, an elegant and perfect tattoo for any lady. Shown here with PERFECT placement!

51.  Simplified Egyptian Skyline

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This very unimposing and kinda cute image of the Egyptian skyline is perfect for anyone with a light sense of humor!

Really, the Egyptian gods have left us with so many tattoo ideas and this series is one of the best I’ve ever seen!  They’re ALL here:  Osiris, Isis, Seth, Horace, Anubis, Ma’at, and more!  Have you found yours?

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