Protective Charm Nazar 🧿 Evil Eye Tattoo Guide (With Meanings)

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The intrinsically meaningful evil eye tattoo has been gaining popularity in recent years.

Regardless if you are looking for a tiny protection charm Nazar, or include it in a bigger custom tattoo design, evil eye is a symbol that is very versatile and can be included easily.

The evil eye’s power comes from the belief that if someone looks at you with envy or resentment—no matter if intentionally or not—they can cause harm to you or those you love.

These negative feelings by other people can be directed toward you without your knowledge, so feeling protected through a Nazar tattoo can be a relief.

If you’re looking to get a spiritual eye tattoo, we dive deep into meanings, colors, types as well as include dozens of tattoo ideas!

Every Tattoo Has A Story – Evil Eye Tattoo Meaning

The belief that evil eye will help you fight off envious or resentful looks actually goes pretty far back.

As far back as 3,000 BC the idea started coming up in the ancient culture.

How it worked?

If someone was jealous of another because of their social status or their wealth, the curse of the evil eye could be cast on them out of pure envy, leaving the receiver with misfortune.

So, when people wanted to avoid this look, or basically block this curse and protect themselves, ancient people started wearing amulets or jewelry with the evil eye.

By doing so the evil eye would be reflected back to the person casting it.

Later down the line in history, evil eye is even mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman works, as well as Bible, the Koran all the way to Shakespeare’s plays.

Across all of the world’s many cultures, over 40% of them believe in some form of the evil eye, according to John Roberts.

Before science was able to explain many misfortunes like bad luck, ill health, an accident, or environmental woes like a drought or disease, many people attributed these harmful situations to a curse. The evil eye was a common answer to the question “why do bad things happen to good people?”

The concept is similar to the Eye of Horus from Egyptian culture.

However, the Egyptian symbol is used for protection and good health, whereas the Greek notion of the evil eye is related to malevolent gazes and protection against such wicked intentions.

Prevalent in the Middle East and North Africa, the Hamsa hand is another symbol that is believed to have the power to protect from evil. The emblem depicts an eye within a hand, but the design could slightly vary from one culture to another.

Evil Eye Types and Meaning

There are different ways one can categorize the evil eyes.

Based on the intention to curse somebody with misfortune, they can fall under:

  1. unconscious evil eye – these harm people and things, without intending to
  2. intentional evil eye – second type intends to harm
  3. unseen evil eye – hidden evil which is the scariest

If we were to look at it culturally and geographically, we can also differentiate between these three evil eye meanings:

Turkish Evil Eye (Nazar) –  The Turkish eye closely resembles that of its Greek and Italian cousins. They come either in concentric circles or teardrop shapes.

Greek Evil Eye (Mati) – The Greek evil eye has a more well-known history surrounding it. It was first used as early as the 6th century B.C. The evil eye was known back then to be a source of malevolence, and many ancient rituals involved the expelling of the eye.

Italian Evil Eye – The Italian evil eye was found in various types of amulets. Arguably the most distinct among these amulets was the “cornicello,” which literally translates to “little horn.” The horns themselves didn’t come from any sort of animal and were instead carved out of red coral. Alternatively, they were formed out of either silver or gold. Users of the evil eye in Italian history were known to have extreme personal magnetism.

Another thing you will notice researching evil eye tattoo ideas is that evil eyes come in different colors.

So, depending on the protection or projection you want to emulate with your evil eye tattoo, you can go for some of the colors below:

🔵 Blue – the most common color when it comes to evil eye amulets, blue evil eye is the symbol of good luck or good karma. This color projects positive energies such as creativity, motivation, commitment as well as protection against evil eye.

The blue evil eye can be separated into two different types – the dark blue evil eye and the light blue or turquoise evil eye. The dark blue evil eye offers protection from karma and fate, whereas the turquoise variant provides health and overall safety, as well as broadening of horizons and truth.

🟡 Gold or Yellow – the color of the sun and as such a symbol of strength, energy, and power to overcome any health issues as well as helping the wearer to concentrate or focus.

🔴 Red – the color of fire and it symbolizes increased energy, courage, and strength. A red evil eye gives the wearer the courage and strength to face whatever life might throw at them.

🟠 Orange – the orange evil eye symbolizes increased creativity and happiness and it helps the wearer to connect with their playful side.

pink_circle Pink – pink evil eye encourages contentment, relaxation and protects friendships.

🟢 Green – this Earth color encourages the pursuit of new ideas, balance, and gratitude.

⚪ White – long time considered pure, white is associated with goodness, light, purity and encourages the wearer to pursue new life experiences and adventures.

🟣 Purple – the color of divinity that not only guides the wearer but also encourages them to examine their own life by removing obstacles while creating balance.

Since the idea is to protect yourself from evil and bring you good luck instead, you can even combine several evil eye colors in your tattoos, and cover several needs that way.

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Best Evil Eye Tattoo Placements

Many people who want a tiny tattoo go for an evil eye finger tattoo, or somewhere on the wrist or collar bone area.

You can sneak it in so that it doesn’t show easily, yet still get this little tattoo in, which many girls opt in for.

A common choice is also an evil eye hand tattoo, on the palm or on the outside of it to very clearly set your message of having your evil eye amulet.

Another way to go about it is an evil eye bracelet tattoo, which is a great choice if you’re looking to include various evil eye colors for different protections, and it can be done on the forearm or the ankle.

As said before, evil eye tattoos can also just have a part of the tattoo be an evil eye, and the rest would be an elaborate mandala, geometric tattoo, traditional tattoo or even an animal tattoo.

Evil Eye Tattoo Ideas

To help you with your research for your next tattoo design, we went on a hunt through Instagram to find the best evil eye tattoo ideas.

Take a look below to check them out all:

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Milena Petrovic

Milena Petrovic

Co-founder of Tattoo Stylist

About the author

Milena has decided to start an organization that will create a safe environment for everybody to get their first, second or third tattoo and to encourage young people to transform their ideas into tattoos safely, with talent and vision.

You can find her writing about tattoos on Quora or updating our Pinterest profile with awesome tattoo ideas!

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