8 Powerful Achilles Tattoo Ideas For You

Body art ideas of a legendary Greek warrior who embodies great success and fatal weaknesses.

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An Achilles tattoo is perfect for fans of Greek legends and mythology who are looking for a tattoo that embodies divinity mixed with aspects of real life. Achilles is believed to be one of the greatest warriors in Greek mythology. People are divided on whether he really existed or he just was a glorified myth. In either case, he was canonized in literature, more so because of his little flaw that ultimately led to his destruction. So, if you are also a fan of this enigmatic Greek warrior and wish to dedicate a timeless piece of body art to him, we have some tattoo ideas that you may like! Keep reading this article and check them out.

What Does An Achilles Tattoo Mean?

Achilles is said to be a demigod, son of a sea Goddess named Thetis and a mortal king. He is said to have led a fierce group of warriors through multiple war victories, and also played an important role in the Trojan war. According to legends, his mother had held him by the heel and dipped him in the river Styx to make him immortal. His battle skills were unparalleled and he was near invincible, except for one fatal flaw. His heel where his mother’s hand prevented the Styx from touching him was vulnerable against mortal wounds. His rage, pride, and other unbridled emotions are said to have led to his ultimate, great downfall as he charged into the crux of battle despite being aware of his weakness. This story tells us of the many things Achilles stands for, such as:

  • The wisdom, skill, and leadership needed to guide people through huge challenges.
  • Having a personal sense of confidence and belief in one’s own abilities and strengths to brave through adversities.
  • Despite being an intimidating, fierce, and unrivaled opponent, one may still have a tiny weakness that can lead to their doom.
  • The importance of living fully and passionately, which can lead to an eternal legacy despite a short life.

The overall symbolism of a tattoo ultimately depends on the wearer who can add more details to the tattoo to enhance its meaning. So move on to the next section for some awe-inspiring Achilles tattoo designs for your next session.

8 Powerful Achilles Tattoo Ideas For You

Embody this revered Greek war hero’s invincibility and greatness with a tattoo that beautifully captures all his features impressively. Check out the following designs and ideas to get a gist of how to show him at his best in your tattoos.

1. Greek Achilles Tattoo

Greek Achilles tattoo on the upper arm
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Achilles was only one of many other great Greek warriors and legends, documented or mythological, who came before and after him. It is a culture represented by great thinkers, rulers, deities, and much more. They also have art that continues to live on after centuries since the civilizations ended. The best designs are certainly those that stay true to traditional art. This tattoo displays such a design, portraying a side profile portrait of Achilles with a Greek key frame and laurel or olive leaves.

2. Achilles Warrior Tattoo

Achilles warrior tattoo on the forearm
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Achilles was said to be easily recognizable on the battlefield due to the way in which he moved – his armor that framed his strong and muscular body graciously and just the overall aura he had. Show him from head to foot in all his glory in your Achilles tattoo. This tattoo shows the strong curves and lines of his body, ornately designed armor, the horsehair crest helmet, and a posture that radiates confidence and charisma. It has captured his brilliance perfectly, including the sharpness of his facial features.

3. Achilles Helmet Tattoo

Achilles helmet tattoo on the upper arm
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Among Greek warriors, their armor and equipment, everything from the helmet to the boots or sandals, were symbols of status or prowess in the battlefield. We cannot be sure of what kind of helmet Achilles actually wore. So you may take inspiration from Brad Pitt’s Achilles’ helmet in the 2004 movie, Troy. The tattoo above use colors to show the helmet to be made of a precious metal, like gold, with a shiny crest to talk of his greatness as a warrior.

4. Achilles Statue Tattoo

Achilles statue tattoo on the upper arm
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The act of making a statue of someone represents the high regard the sculptor has for them. The same could be said of the people who wish the statue to be installed in a public space. There are many Achilles statues cited in art books or over the internet for inspiration for such a tattoo. The statue in the tattoo above depicts him as a regular Greek man who might have been great but was also just a regular guy who had slow days and enjoyed the company of his friends.

5. Achilles Shield Tattoo

Achilles shield tattoo on the forearm
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Homer’s Iliad speaks of Achilles’ shield in great detail. It is one of the first known Greek literary instances of using description of elements as art work to add metaphorical value to the text. The design of the shield is interpreted to have various decorative details. However, the symbolism speaks of how Achilles got this new shield made after Hector of Troy killed his closest companion, Patroclus who was wearing Achilles’ armor. Therefore, this tattoo may stand for vengeance, renewed vigor, or simply a foreshadowing of one’s fate.

6. Troy Achilles Tattoo

Troy Achilles tattoo on the arm
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Show Achilles in all his glory at Troy, where he is said to have fought the greatest battle of his life, leading the distinguished Myrmidons, earning eternal fame, and also meeting his tragic end. And one of the best ways to illustrate this is shown in the image above, where Achilles is dressed in complete battle regalia including the rusty cape, holding his trusted weapons. Add more details such as a setting sun and brooding clouds for a touch of sophistication.

7. Achilles Forearm Tattoo

A man with an Achilles tattoo on his forearm
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The forearm placement allows the tattoo wearer to expose or conceal their tattoo at will. While keeping it fully displayed, it has a high visibility and is sure to grab the attention of passersby. To make a strong impression with this tattoo, take cues from the realistic portrait tattoo above that draws attention to the fiercely determined expression of Achilles’ face. The crest on the helmet is also sharply detailed while the skillfully blended shading adds a life-like depth to the tattoo.

8. Achilles Arrow Tattoo

Achilles arrow tattoo on the back of the thigh
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There are two ways to get an Achilles arrow tattoo done for highly contrasting symbolisms. One could be as shown above, of an arrow shot by Achilles piercing enemies helmet, speaking of his skills as a warrior. This tattoo could be done on any placement as per the wearer’s preference. Another way would be to get a tattoo of an arrow behind the feet or just above the heel to signify Achilles’ weakness as a reminder of mortality. While the former style speaks of skill and prowess, the latter sends a humbling message.

So that was our list of some strikingly detailed Achilles tattoo ideas. We have seen how a simple side portrait highlighting Achilles’ expressions can have a strong arresting effect, just as impactful as one of his entire body striking an impressive pose. Since Achilles represents the Greeks and their fierce loyalty towards their motherland, it shall be best to portray him in culture-specific elements. For instance, the Greek armor or traditional art patterns like the Greek key, the deep red shades in the helmet crest or cape, or even olive and laurel leaves for a distinctive Greek touch to your tattoo. A black and gray design can add depth and a timeless realism to your tattoo but try experimenting with colors for vibrant storytelling.

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Manjari Uppal
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Arshiya Syeda
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Arshiya Syeda is a senior editor at StyleCraze with 7 years of experience. Prior to that, she was a content writer and combined her writing and research skills to write over 200 high-performing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and skin care.

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Joyce Joyson is a beauty and lifestyle writer with over a year of experience crafting short-form content for the beauty, fashion, and lifestyle niches. She has a triple majors bachelor’s degree in History, Political Science, and Geography from IIS University and a master’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kristu Jayanti College.

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