40 of the Most Stunning Egyptian Tattoo Designs

One of the most recognizable Egyptian symbols is the ankh, Ancient Egypt’s symbol for everlasting life. It looks like a cross with a loop at the top, or the letter T with a teardrop shape sitting on top. An ankh tattoo is perfect on its own and can be made as small and simple or as large and detailed as you like. A small ankh tattoo design would look great on the foot or the wrist, but you could also go for a huge and intricate ankh as a large back tattoo design.

Anubis Tattoo Designs

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Out of the many different gods from Ancient Egyptian legend, Anubis is probably the most familiar throughout the world. Shown with the body of a man and the head of a jackal, a tattoo of Anubis makes a very striking design. An Anubis tattoo design can show him in a standing position, seated on a throne or even crouched down like a jackal.

Horus Tattoo Designs

Horus Tattoo Designs

Another Ancient Egyptian god who makes a great tattoo design is Horus, with the body of a man and the head of a falcon and, like Anubis, Horus makes a fantastic and detailed Egyptian tattoo design. A Horus design would look great as a large tattoo, for example a half-sleeve or a large back piece, and is effective in either black and gray or glorious color.

Eye of Horus Tattoo Designs


The symbol known as the Eye of Horus is another identifiable design that would look great as a tattoo. The eye represents protection against evil, so as well as looking wonderful it will also be a brilliant way to inject meaning into your Egyptian tattoo design. You could go for a simple black design which would fit just about anywhere on the body, or you might decide to go for more color and detail. You could even have the ‘eye’ part of the symbol shown as a realistic and detailed human eye.

Hieroglyph Tattoo Designs

Hieroglyph Tattoo Designs

Hieroglyphs are images that were used as a writing system in Ancient Egypt. If you do your research thoroughly you will be able to come up with a design that not only looks cool, but also has some special meaning to it. Common hieroglyphs include images of the sun, birds, men, waves and more, and the hieroglyphs many mean one thing when shown singly, but something completely different when put together with other hieroglyphs.

Cartouche Tattoo Designs

Cartouche Tattoo Designs

A great way of making your hieroglyph tattoo design stand out and look authentic is to incorporate hieroglyphs within a cartouche. A cartouche is a tall oval shape which contains hieroglyphs and was used in Ancient Egypt to denote royalty and status. The upright cartouche makes a great design for arms and legs, but would fit in most places on the body. Why not try having one on the back of your neck going down onto your back?

Egyptian Cat Tattoo Designs

Egyptian Cat Tattoo Designs

Cats in Ancient Egypt, known as ‘mau’ were highly regarded, and worshipped as deities. An Egyptian cat tattoo design is therefore the perfect choice, especially if you’re a cat lover! The Egyptian cat should be portrayed as slender and regal, with and angled face and long, slim tail. Typical Egyptian cat tattoos show black cats, but you can opt for any time of coloring and markings for your cat. An interesting way to combine an Egyptian cat with the symbol of the Eye of Horus would be to show a cat’s face with the Eye of Horus for the cat’s eyes.

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