Gargoyles are something like scarecrows — their seemingly grotesque appearance are said to scare away wicked spirits and cast aside bad omens. Many people use gargoyle tattoos for this reason; as a sort of phylactery symbol.
Some people like to use the depiction often used to protect homes; a small, winged creature with a scrunched, angry-looking face, spouting water from between its lips. It is said that once the water gushes from the gargoyle’s mouth it becomes sacred and is turned into holy water. These images are usually done in dark, granite colors; occasionally, though, they sport blues, reds and purples. One interesting idea is to place this protective symbol on the shoulder, with water dripping down the arm, front or back of the body.
Gargoyle tattoos may also feature script writing. It is not unusual to see a Gothic plaque with a famous poem, or quote and a large, looming gargoyle seemingly engraved into the skin. As most medieval European cathedrals heavily adorned their gargoyles with etched flowers and fresh ivy, it might be interesting to add similar touches to this particular piece.
Some gargoyle tattoos are a mixture of creatures. Several European churches used gargoyles that carried the appearance of cats, boars and rams. One of the more popular combinations is the chimera. Though not a gargoyle in the traditional sense, the famous combination of lion and eagle, makes it an equally fearsome design. It is also quite common to mix gargoyles with demons, devils and sometimes even angels.
Gargoyle statues have been used for many years as protection for a persons’ home, it stands to reason that gargoyle tattoos — whether by themselves or placed amongst other symbols of safety — can be equally effective at protecting their wearers.