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Body Illustrations
(605) 692-5511
128b Main Ave S
Brookings, SD
 
Body Illustrations
(605) 692-5511
128B Main Ave S
Brookings, SD
 
Vishnu Bunny Tattoos & Piercing
(605) 357-8288
202 s Phillips ave
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Affinity Body Art
(605) 334-1635
2005 S Minnesota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Tombstone Tattoos
(605) 737-4337
916 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
 
Twisted Tattoo
(605) 651-4611
321 35th St. S
Brookings, SD
 
The Tattoo Shop
(605) 787-9471
3436 Sturgis Rd
Rapid City, SD
 
Tattooing By Gypsy
(605) 334-6683
1443 N Main Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Body Canvas Studio
(605) 412-0008
1235 Wisconsin Ave. Sw
Huron, SD
 
Ritual Addictions
(605) 886-7400
10 E Kemp
Watertown, SD
 

Gargoyle tattoos

Gargoyle tattoo designs Gargoyle Tattoo Designs - Gargoyles are increasingly popular as tattoo designs and have been around for thousands of years as the water spouts with the not-so-cuddly faces. You have probably seen them as architectural decoration, usually at the roof line channelling water from the gutters. It became generally believed that these elaborately grotesque characters could keep away evil spirits and protect the buildings and their occupants from harm. The figures are meant to act as amulets and talismans of protection.

Medieval believers claimed that as the rainwater gushed out of the open-mouthed creature, it turned into holy water. These demonic humanoids usually display their talons, tails and horns, and often come with wings and fins. The word 'gargoyle' has its roots in French and Latin for 'throat' and 'swallow'. Think 'gargle', and you'll know what Gargoyles are all about.

Gargoyle pictures

In ancient Egypt gargoyles were used for spouting out the water used for washing ceremonial vessels on the temple roofs. In Greek temples, the marble water spouts often took the shape of lion heads. The gargoyles that we have come to know and love adorned the medieval cathedrals of Europe. Nobody can say for sure what these fantastic carvings depicted, since no definitive historical records exist to enlighten us. They probably served, however, to incite the imagination into fits of storytelling, since this was a pre-literate age.

Not all gargoyles spout water. Some of these stone carvings are purely ornamental, and are more properly referred to as 'chimera'. Chimera are mythical creatures dating back to a number of cultures, including Ancient Greece, Egypt, Persia and China and are creatures combining the features of two or more different animals.

Griffon tattoo designs One of the most famous of the chimera is the Griffon, Griffin, or Gryphon (spelling depending upon culture of origin), the legendary figure with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Sometimes the griffin is depicted with an eagle's talons, or a lion's claws, and occasionally the griffon has elongated ears. Such creatures were often featured in heraldic crests, as the lion and the eagle were both considered to symbolize nobility.

Gargoyle pictures

You can find some impressive modern gargoyles and chimera in New York and Chicago, while on the National Cathedral in Washington, DC., limestone demons are encrusted in the walls. But if you want to see the most spectacular medieval examples of gargoyles wa...

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