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Sanctuary Tattoo
(207) 828-8866
31 Forest Ave
Portland, ME
 
Til Death Tattoo
(207) 518-9197
365 Fore St
Portland, ME
 
Hallowed Ground Bodyart Studio
(207) 774-0008
610 Congress St Ste B
Portland, ME
 
Pins & Needles Tattoo & Body
(207) 774-8282
259 Saint John St
Portland, ME
 
Trust Public Land
(207) 772-7424
377 Fore St Ste 3
Portland, ME
 
Bombshell Tattoo
(207) 775-4411
574 Congress St Ste 2
Portland, ME
 
Sanctuary Tattoo
(207) 828-8866
20-36 Danforth Street, Suite 213
Portland, ME
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Hallowed Ground Bodyart Studio
(207) 774-0008
610 Congress St Ste B
Portland, ME
 
Sanctuary Tattoo
(207) 828-8866
31 Forest Ave
Portland, ME
 
Pins && Needles Tattoo && Body
(207) 774-8282
259 Saint John St
Portland, ME
 

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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