The concept of the evil eye dates back to antiquity when the Greeks emblazoned a symbol for it on cups in the 6th century BCE. Ever since then, the image has stirred imaginations and today, evil eye tattoos are a big trend. The evil eye is said to bring about a supernatural curse wherein the victim unknowingly receives a glare or stare. According to the lore, violence and even death can befall the subject of the evil eye’s gaze.
Evil eye tattoos are less serious and more of a fascination for those who have them. They might turn to classical representations to inform a tattoo’s design or come up with new ways of expressing the idea. We turned to social media to find popular and fresh designs to share with you that can inspire your very own evil eye tattoo. Check them out below!
Take a Look at These Tattoos That Look Back – Beware the Evil Eye Tattoo!
Micro Evil Eye Tattoo
It’s believed that an evil eye placed on the body can offer protection from curses and other negative energy. One of the most traditional is a circular one with blue ink. In this micro tattoo, we find the eye on the side of a finger. A little secret of an evil eye tattoo.
Here’s another look at the classic evil eye design. It’s not the last you will see on this list but there will be others done in different styles below.
Here’s another evil eye tattoo that includes the blue but fills out the design a bit more with ornamental elements. If you want your tattoo to be more expressive, consider working with a tattoo artist who can help you realize your vision.
Old & New
In this design, we find the classic blue design with the addition of minimal lashes. We don’t think this person will be needing that necklace any longer.
Micro Is the Trend
Of all the evil eye tattoos we looked at, micro versions are some of the most popular today. If you want something understated and minimal, go in that direction.
It turns out evil eye tattoos are fun to get with your friends. If you’re looking for matching tattoo ideas, evil eyes could be the perfect choice for you!
This evil eye tattoo has been taken in a really cool direction with the eye becoming a design element to form the other details of the eye. Bravo!
Watercolor tattoos are one of the biggest tattoo trends today. It turns out the effect translates for the evil eye.
Sacred Heart Meets Evil Eye
Here’s an interesting concept that really stood out to us. We find a traditional sacred heart design paired with a blue eye that really pops next to that red ink.
A symbol for defense and protection, the Hamsa is a popular symbol in the Middle East. The design contains an evil eye that’s meant to ward off bad energy. We’ll share at least one more evil eye tattoo like this.
A Big Deal
Here’s a bigger interpretation of the evil eye design that finds a ton of visual interest with lines that radiate out and create a crescent moon shape. If you’re ready to go big, something similar would be ideal for you.
Here’s another play on that theme. For placement on the upper arm, a shape like this is going to look fantastic. Celestial shapes have been added to this design as well to bring more visual interest.
This color blue is arresting and looks fantastic encircled by the tinies of fine lines. For a wrist tattoo, this size and placement will look fantastic on you too.
An evil eye tattoo is anything that you make so feel free to use your imagination to create one that translates your own personal style and point of view. This eye in a bug might appeal to you.
Tidy & Black
In this ornamental design, we find a lovely 2D form that might be flat in appearance but it really reads bold and crisp. If you’re going with just black ink, make it really pop like this.
Hallmarks of American traditional tattooing include bold, thick lines, simple shapes, and primary colors. We find those motifs in this updated design that are a nod to the past while taking a step in a new direction.
Here’s one of the most creative and offbeat evil eye tattoos we encountered. We find a strawberry in place of an eye with a gold frame that’s been shaded and highlighted to perfection. Okay!
Here’s one of the stranger evil eye tattoos on this list that is almost a watercolor tattoo but it has floral features too which adds to the mystery. Notice how there’s a pink area? That will turn to a pale white once the tattoo is fully healed.
The blue of an evil eye looks so great paired with red ink. This very simple tattoo makes a big impression thanks to its simplicity and colorful ink.
As promised, here’s another hamsa tattoo. It is covered in detail with a lovely lotus, a symbol for rebirth and resilience, and other botanical elements. A touch of white ink adds highlight where it’s needed without still appearing balanced and beautiful.
Well, this evil eye tattoo is rather haunting. We find a blue eye trapped between two snakes. The tattoo forms a cross shape that looks perfect, placed between the shoulder blades.
Here’s a fun one that uses familiar shapes from traditional tattooing. It’s evocative and slightly unnerving. Hide your evil eye in something interesting and you could walk away with something equally as inspired.
In one of the moodiest and mysterious evil eye tattoos on this list, we find faces sharing an evil eye. One face is happy while the other is sad. Delicate shading does so much to bring this fascinating piece to life.
In Flower Form
“Poppy based on the colors and composition of an evil eye,” the artist who shared this image shared. It’s a really cool concept that you could run with as well.
We find flames and water married together to form shapes that radiate from the center of this eye. This is a rather large design that’s not afraid to be in your face. Go bold if it appeals to you.
Here’s a more understated evil eye tattoo that utilizes blue ink only. Simplicity is bliss so go understated if you’d like a subtle piece that doesn’t steal the spotlight.
Do It with Dagger
Here’s a rather large piece that imagines a dagger as a sort of implement for an evil eye. Eyes and the blue color are worked throughout the design.
Release Your Inner Goth Kid
This person has gone full-on black with this tattoo that finds the eye in a heart with opposing dolors. It’s super moody and dramatic.
A Touch of Yellow
Yellow will always make blue pop. The inclusion of it in this tattoo gives a cool effect. Pair yellow, gold, and even orange with your blue evil eye tattoo to make it stand out.
A Different Direction
A smooshed evil eye? The world’s your oyster, folks. We don’t know why but we thought it was playful and interesting. What do you think?
Eye in the Coffin
Coffin tattoos are a form of traditional tattoo that you will find in many tattoo artists’ flash or portfolios. However, you don’t see many with evil eyes worked into them which adds even more to the meaning of the eye’s curse.
Here’s the largest evil eye tattoo we encountered. As you can see, it was a big endeavor. It looks like a neon light with an effect that truly looks like it’s glowing. Would you go this big for your design?
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We leave you with this very simple, elegant, and sophisticated design. Shading adds so much texture to this otherwise minimal tattoo. It appears haunting and as something that’s hard to take your eye off. Bravo!
There you go! How cool are these evil eye tattoo ideas? We hope you found some of them eye-opening and that you will consider them as inspiration for your very own ink. While the concept of the evil eye might be ancient, these tattoos sure look fresh. Happy tattooing!
Andrew is an Assistant Editor for Mamas Uncut with over ten years of experience as a writer in the creative, marketing, and blogging spaces. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a passion for telling stories in a variety of mediums. Obsessively making lists, reporting celebrity news, and diving into emerging pop cultural topics are a few of his interests.
- 1 Take a Look at These Tattoos That Look Back – Beware the Evil Eye Tattoo!
- 1.1 Micro Evil Eye Tattoo
- 1.2 A Classic
- 1.3 New Interpretations
- 1.4 Old & New
- 1.5 Micro Is the Trend
- 1.6 Matching Eyes
- 1.7 Something Different
- 1.8 Splashy
- 1.9 Sacred Heart Meets Evil Eye
- 1.10 Hamsa
- 1.11 A Big Deal
- 1.12 Beautiful Lines
- 1.13 Pale Blue
- 1.14 Bugging Out
- 1.15 Tidy & Black
- 1.16 Neo-Traditional
- 1.17 Berry Eye
- 1.18 Stylish
- 1.19 Super Fine
- 1.20 Embellished Hamsa
- 1.21 With Snakes
- 1.22 In Bloom
- 1.23 Moody
- 1.24 In Flower Form
- 1.25 Bold
- 1.26 Feeling Blue
- 1.27 Do It with Dagger
- 1.28 Release Your Inner Goth Kid
- 1.29 A Touch of Yellow
- 1.30 A Different Direction
- 1.31 Eye in the Coffin
- 1.32 Neon Glow
- 1.33 Perfectly Shaded
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