Gothic tattoos symbolize the ideals of the subculture. Though to many, the preoccupation with the darker things in life may seem strange, but these ideas are really meant more as an enlightened view of things such as death (or rather a natural part of life), and beauty (or a deviation from what is touted as the ‘ideal’ of beauty). Many Gothic tattoos may also be steeped in mystical ideations, or even fantasy creatures or characters from literature.
Some of the most frequently seen symbols in Gothic tattoos are those of alternative religious ideology. The Gothic iron cross with its beveled, thick and thin lines is one example. But there are many cross designs that are used in Gothic tattoos such as spiderwebs, a simple Christian cross overgrown with creeping vines; a black or blood red blossom here or there, or even a few skulls scattered at the base. Some even like to use a tombstone-like cross; this design usually shows a stony gray cross with flat edges, and an encircled upper half. These may also feature flowers and skulls, as well as intricate spiral patterns.
Many Gothic tattoos feature the Pentagram (or Pentacle). Although the design of a Pentagram printed upside down is seen by a lot of people as being a sign of the Devil, the right side up Pentagram is simply a symbol of the four elements intertwined and encircled to represent unity and wholeness. This design is regularly done in a simple fashion, and in dark colors, but can occasionally be mixed with other symbols or in reds, blues or purples.
Winged creatures are also a regularly seen emblem of Gothic tattoos. Bats are of a particular interest. The bat can be shown simply, or be depicted as a muscular, otherworldly creature. They can be shown fully unfurled or perched on the shoulder, appearing to coax blood from a vein on the neck. Large and heavily detailed bat wings placed on the upper back can also be seen, though less frequently. Fairies are also used with some frequency. The Gothic fairy is usually done in black and red, but can occasionally be seen in shades of blue or even brown. One of the most common fairies is a downcast girl, sitting on the ground with a tear in her eye; her wings tattered. She may also sport things such as fishnet stockings, chains and sometimes even small devil horns.
You may find yourself drawn to the Gothic culture, or you may simply be fascinated by the deep meanings attached to the myriad of symbols. Regardless, these are only a few of the possibilities for Gothic tattoos. Open yourself to the idea, and you can cover your entire body with what will become available to you.