Canman has created a few Medusa tattoos recently.
It is always a fun challenge to design it in a unique way every time.
This illustrative version evokes the dangers of her straight on glare!
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Medusa is a figure from Greek mythology.
She is known for her horrifying appearance and ability to turn anyone who looked at her into stone.
She is typically depicted as a monstrous creature with snakes for hair and a gaze that could petrify her victims.
Medusa is often portrayed as one of the Gorgons.
One of three sisters who were said to have been born from the sea gods Phorcys and Ceto.
According to the myth, Medusa was once a beautiful mortal woman.
However, she incurred the wrath of the goddess Athena when she desecrated Athena’s temple by engaging in a sexual encounter with the sea god Poseidon.
As a punishment, Athena transformed Medusa’s hair into serpents and made her face so horrifying that anyone who looked directly at her turned to stone.
Medusa’s story is perhaps best known for her encounter with the hero Perseus.
Perseus set out on a quest to kill Medusa.
Using a mirrored shield to avoid looking directly at her, Perseus managed to behead Medusa while she slept.
As a result, the winged horse Pegasus and the giant Chrysaor were born from her severed neck,
Medusa’s head retained its petrifying power even after her death, and Perseus used it as a weapon in later adventures.
It eventually ended up in the possession of Athena, who placed it on her shield, the Aegis, where it became a symbol of protection.
She has become popular among women who have experienced sexual assault.
By reclaiming the Medusa identity, they are dispelling the belief that being victimized means they ought to be cursed or punished.