Evil Clown Tattoos
Clowns have been around for centuries in one form or another.
They are mischievous characters, tricksters who may get away with more than the average person due to their comedic timing.
Because of their jovial nature and painted on smiles, some people are afraid or distrusting of clowns.
What hides behind the makeup?
This idea has naturally progressed over the years to form the evil clown archetype: a master of deception who delights in creating chaos wherever they go.
Evil clown tattoos are an unconventional choice, but popular among those who don’t mind causing a stir.
Is an evil clown a good tattoo design for you?
We’ll take a look into the history of this cheeky character and let you be the judge.
Who Were the Earliest Clowns?
It’s a mistake to think that clowns come from an innocent childlike background.
The happy, Ronald McDonald style clown is actually a fairly new idea!
Court jesters, or fools, are mentioned in historic documents as early as the 12th century.
While this job would sometimes come with adoration and gifts, it had a dark side.
This was often a very difficult and degrading position with a low pay grade.
Court jesters were expected to act foolish in order to entertain royals, and to do so whenever it was asked of them.
They had the difficult task of “roasting” people in the court without taking things too far.
Jesters were often from lower class backgrounds and were expected to be multi talented if they wanted to make money.
They were expected to be funny, clever and musically gifted on several instruments.
Because of their low status, a king would think nothing of sending a jester onto his rival’s battlefield to deliver a message.
This was a dangerous position from the beginning, but sometimes rival leaders would literally “shoot the messenger” in order to assert their dominance.
Where Does the Evil Clown Idea Come From?
The art of clowning is to be a shapeshifter- to keep the audience guessing, and to never let them see the person behind the makeup.
This aligns with the Jungian concept of “the trickster,” someone who gleefully breaks up the normalcy of everyday life in order to wake people up and keep them on their toes.
Perhaps the original evil clown is Mr. Punch from the Punch and Judy show.
This 17th century puppet show was a comedy to be enjoyed by young and old- and is still performed in parts of the UK.
The Punch and Judy Show delivers bizarrely dark content.
Most of the humor in the show is slapstick, but the story-line is that Mr. Punch (our clown-like character) murders his baby, then beats his wife, then defeats a series of characters who try to catch him.
This was later followed by Emmet Kelly’s famous sad clown character “Weary Willy,” who appeared in the circus in 1923.
Any modern “hobo clown” you see today has Willy to thank for this legacy.
Clowns are complicated. They exaggerate everything in life to an absurd degree.
So if you’re a happy clown you’re very happy.
But if you’re an evil clown- you’ll kill a baby and somehow make people laugh at it.
Evil Clowns in Modern Pop Culture
Evil clowns are having a pop culture moment right now.
It makes sense, considering how much political unrest there seems to be in the world.
People are feeling restless and angry, so comedians are busier than ever trying to make them laugh.
It would only make sense that in these divided times, the trickster character wants an opportunity to point things out, shake things up, wake us up to the absurdity in our lives.
Many of today’s evil clown tattoos are based on a certain comic book anti-hero who’s appeared in at least 26 movies to date.
Batman’s Joker has been busy lately, appearing in several movies and comic books within the last 20 years and most recently the Oscar nominated film simply titled “Joker.”
But he’s not the only one. Pennywise has made his way back into the horror genre, and reports are still made of random people in “creepy clown” costumes walking the streets at night, hoping to get a scare out of someone.
What Do Evil Clown Tattoos Symbolize?
Evil clown tattoos can symbolize a number of things.
It can be an homage to your favorite villain, or a way of facing your fear of clowns.
An evil clown tattoo can symbolize a restlessness and desire to create chaos in the world around you.
It may also be a reminder that things are not often as they seem- that most people are wearing a mask in one way or another.
Common Themes in Evil Clown Tattoos
If you’re looking to get some evil clown ink, you may need a lot of skin real estate.
These designs tend to be large because of how detailed they are.
Clown tattoos can be done in any style, but many people opt for something ultra realistic in portrait style for maximum chills.
Generally these tattoos are color in order to properly portray the clown’s makeup, but it could also be a fun black and grey design.
Evil Clown Tattoo Ideas
What does the evil clown inside your head look like?
If you’ve never thought about it, perhaps our clown tattoo gallery will give you some ideas.
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