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Temporary Tattoos as Symbols of Protection


Humans have a long history of creating symbols and artwork that serve a specific purpose. Thanks to radiocarbon dating, we know that humankind has used symbols for over 120,000 years! Although it’s impossible to know the exact meaning behind many of these prehistoric images, their repeated use demonstrates that they served a vital purpose to the groups who created them.

Throughout the course of history, certain themes have appeared over and over. Many symbols focus on spiritual aspects, while others were intended to be protective talismans. Throughout the use of these symbols, our ancestors sought comfort in a world that often felt mysterious and threatening. 

Our tradition of using imagery for protection continues today. Around the world, different cultures embrace historical designs and use them on a regular basis. One of the most popular ways to utilize such symbols is through tattoo art. In doing so, we reference the past and honor those who came before us. 

We are proud to have an extensive collection of temporary tattoos featuring protective symbols. This post covers some of our favorite designs, along with ones that our customers around the world purchase most often. 

Here are the our top 10 temporary tattoos for protection

The Hamsa

Minimalist Hamsa Temporary Tattoo - Set of 3

Our hamsa temporary tattoo features an ancient symbol with a complex history and a wide range of meanings. Also known as the Hand of Fatima, the hamsa is seen as a protective symbol, and it is often used as a talisman to ward off evil. The hamsa can also be found in Jewish tradition, where it is known as the Hand of Miriam. In both Islam and Judaism, the hamsa is seen as a symbol of divine protection.

In recent years, the hamsa has also become popular among non-Muslim groups; for many, the hand-shaped symbol simply represents luck or protection from harm. Whatever its meaning, there is no doubt that the hamsa holds a special place in the hearts and minds of people across the globe.

We also feature this design in our collection of 2-week tattoos. Check out our hamsa semi-permanent tattoo to enjoy this design for longer.

The Ankh

Small Ankh Symbol Temporary Tattoo

The ancient Egyptian Ankh is one of history's most well-known and recognizable symbols. And yet, despite its ubiquitous nature, the Ankh's meaning remains a mystery. The word “Ankh” actually means “life” in the ancient Egyptian language, and it is thought to represent the cycle of life from birth to death. 

Often depicted as a key, the hamsa may represent the key to the gates of death or the afterlife. Many people use our ankh temporary tattoo as a protective talisman to ensure a long life and to shield against evil. 

The Nazar

Small Nazar Temporary Tattoo

Our nazar temporary tattoo features a well-known symbol from the Mediterranean region. Also known as the evil eye, this talisman is believed to protect against negative energy from maleficent stares. Some believe it protects against evil spirits, while others believe it helps ward off bad luck. 

This symbol is commonly worn as a pendant or amulet and found hanging in homes or businesses in the Mediterranean and Near East regions. In more recent history, this ancient symbol has become a popular tattoo, offering protection to the wearer at all times of the day. Our nazar fake tattoo is a great way to protect from the effects of the evil eye.

The Triquetra

Triquetra Temporary Tattoo

Our triquetra adhesive tattoo features a popular Celtic symbol with a long history and deep meaning. Also known as a "trinity knot," it has been found in Celtic, early Christian, and Norse art. Originally used as a pagan symbol, this knot symbolized the triple goddess of maiden, mother, and crone. In Christianity, it represents the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Regardless of its specific meaning, the triquetra is a powerful symbol of protection. It is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck to those who wear it. It is a popular choice for those who seek protection from harm or wish to express their faith. We also have this triquetra semi-permanent tattoo for those who want to try the design for a longer period of time.

Eye of Horus

Eye of Horus Temporary Tattoo

Our Eye of Horus temporary tattoo depicts an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power, and good health. The eye is personified in the goddess Wadjet, one of the earliest Egyptian deities and a primary protector of the pharaohs, guarding them against evil spirits and misfortune. 

The Eye of Horus was also believed to have healing and protective powers and was used as an amulet to ensure health and well-being. In addition, it was associated with the god Ra, the creator god and the sun god. Don’t forget to check out our Eye of Horus semi-permanent tattoo if you’d like to try this out for longer!

Algiz Rune

Algiz Rune Temporary Tattoo

This Algiz rune fake tattoo showcases one of the most well-known and popular runes. Its history, however, is shrouded in mystery. The origins of the rune are unknown, but it is thought to date back to the Viking Age. The meaning of the Algiz rune is also uncertain, but it is most commonly associated with protection or security. 

Some believe that the rune was used as a talisman to ward off evil spirits, while others believe that it represented the elk or deer, which were considered to be sacred animals by the Vikings. Whatever its original meaning, the Algiz rune continues to be popular among modern pagans and those who feel drawn to Viking history. 

The Hopi Hand 

Hopi Healing Hand Temporary Tattoo

Our Hopi hand fake tattoo features a symbol with a long and complex history. Also known as the "huma," it was traditionally associated with healing and was used in ceremonies meant to bring about physical and spiritual wellness.

The Hopi people also believed that the symbol had the power to ward off evil spirits. Over time, it has become a symbol of peace and friendship, and it is often given as a gift to mark special occasions. Today, this beautiful symbol remains a powerful talisman for protection and a wonderful way to embrace one’s culture. 

The Aegishjalmur

Aegishjalmur Temporary Tattoo

This Aegishjalmur fake tattoo features a symbol that originates in Norse mythology. In legend, it is a Helm of Awe that was worn by various heroes and gods, including Odin himself. The symbol is said to confer strength and protection in battle and has been associated with victory and power throughout the centuries.

Today, the Aegishjalmur is still used as a symbol of strength and courage. It is often displayed on armor and weaponry, as well as on buildings and other structures. For many, it is a reminder of the power of Norse mythology and the courage of those who believe in its messages.

The Cross

Tiny Christian cross temporary tattoo

Known throughout the world as the symbol of the Christian faith, our cross temporary tattoo is considered a protective symbol by those who believe God is watching over them.  One of the most recognizable symbols in the world, the cross has a long history as a protective symbol. In ancient times, people would hang crosses on their doors and windows to ward off evil spirits. It was also a way to protect against lightning strikes.

In medieval Europe, people would wear crosses as amulets to ward off diseases like the plague. Today, people still see the cross as a powerful protective symbol. Many Christians wear crosses as a sign of faith. And even those who do not practice Christianity often display crosses in their homes or offices to ward off bad luck. Whether seen as a sign of faith or a lucky charm, our cross semi-permanent fake tattoo is a popular protective symbol.

The Vegvísir

Vegvísir Temporary Tattoo

Our Vegvísir adhesive tattoo showcases a symbol found in the Huld Manuscript, a magic Icelandic manuscript. It is composed of eight staves arranged in a radial pattern. The name derives from the Icelandic word for "signpost" or "wayfinder.”

The purpose of the Vegvísir was to help lost travelers find their way during storms or other bad weather. It is believed to have originated in the 17th century, although its exact origins are unknown. Many believe the Vegvísir has magical powers and can protect against misfortune or evil. The Vegvísir has become a popular symbol in recent years, appearing on everything from jewelry to tattoos. We also offer this powerful talisman in our 2-week tattoo collection. Check out this Vegvísir semi-permanent tattoo to enjoy its protection for longer. 

Which Protective Fake Tattoo Will You Choose?

We hope you enjoyed this selection of powerful temporary tattoos featuring well-known symbols of protection. Are you going to try one out? Don’t forget to tag us on social media - we love seeing how you use our sticker tattoos!

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