Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most well-known authors of dark themed stories and poetry. He is the author of “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” An early writer of detective and horror tales. An icon of the macabre and gothic, he was an odd man in real life as well, surrounded by tragedy. At an early age, his mother died, while his father had already left. He was taken in by the Allan family. This is just the beginning of his hard and dark, sad life. It’s no wonder that his writing and thought process was so dark and at times, very twisted. Many people can relate to his writing, as it makes them less afraid of their own dark thoughts. What is your favorite piece by Edgar Allan Poe? Are you considering an homage to the prolific writer with a tattoo? If so, check out these 10 darkly beautiful Edgar Allan Poe tattoos for ideas and inspiration:
Tattoo by: Chris Toler
A brooding, realistic portrait complete with a deep red background to make the values pop, and Poe’s signature tattooed at the bottom right.
Here’s a more stylized portrait done in black ink with dot patterns in the shadows.
Tattoo by: Ondrash
Here is an unusually colorful and impressionistic version of a Poe portrait. Quite unique and unexpected.
Tattoo by: Kamil Czapiga
A portrait that looks more like a bust of the writer, along with the bird of the same name of possibly his most famous poem.
Some may choose to get his actual words tattooed on them as opposed to a portrait. Lovely, dark, thoughtful words.
Tattoo by: Kelly Doty
A new school portrait of Poe is quite eye catching.
The most famous word in the poem “The Raven.”
Tattoo by Max Amos
Here’s a complex tattoo of Edgar Allan Poe’s portrait, along with a creepy mansion. His head looks a little warped, perhaps as a symbol to his slightly warped and creative mind.
A beautiful excerpt from another one of Poe’s famous works.