Are you the type of person who likes to scratch below the surface?
Does every party you attend end with spooky stories told in the dark?
Do you like to wonder about the strange and mysterious things beyond the realm of human comprehension?
If so- you’ve probably already heard of the Mothman, but would you get a tattoo of him?
Mothman tattoos may be common in certain groups with certain types of people, but they are far from mainstream.
No matter what style your Mothman is drawn in, he is likely to be a conversation starter.
The Mothman belongs to the world of cryptozoology.
These creatures, known as “cryptids” often come with both a number of reported sightings, and plenty of skepticism.
This strange, winged creature is becoming as common a story to tell around a campfire as Bigfoot or alien abductions.
But who is the Mothman, and how did he come so embedded in pop culture?
Before you rush out and go under the needle, let’s tell a few spooky stories about our friend the Mothman.
Though this creature, with his bizarre appearance, has been spotted worldwide- most people can agree that this story starts in America.
In November of 1966 in Point Pleasant West Virginia, 5 gravediggers can all agree they saw something fly over their heads.
Though the grey colored creature had wings, the men described it as having a “man-like” body, about 6 feet high.
Soon after, other people in the area began calling the sheriff’s office in West Virginia, saying they had seen a strange “bird man” creature.
Though we can never be sure what the curious being really was, it’s fairly clear that everyone who reported a sighting was seeing the same thing.
It was described as a tall, man-like creature who could fly, with a brown or grey body and large glowing red eyes.
The eyes were described as being reflective, like that of a cat or an owl.
Witnesses say the Mothman can fly quickly and gracefully, but is clumsier on his feet.
Authorities dismissed the claims, and there are many theories as to what the Mothman may be in reality.
Almost exactly a year after the sightings began however, a large suspension bridge in the area (the Silver Bridge) collapsed, killing 46 people.
Point Pleasant residents didn’t immediately draw parallels between the two events, but in 1975 author John Keel tied the two stories together in a book called The Mothman Prophecies.
Since Keel’s book, there have been sightings of the Mothman all over.
Paranormal researchers and enthusiasts theorize that Mothman appears to warn humans of impending danger.
The Mothman in Pop Culture
Because of the positive theory that casts the Mothman as a helpful entity, people have grown rather fond of him.
Though not everyone believes in a Mothman, many people are curious about the tale.
A 2002 movie cast Richard Gere as the lead in an adaptation of The Mothman Prophecies.
The internet had become a popular communication tool by the early 2000’s, so it didn’t take long for people to start sharing their own theories and sightings online.
In 2005, an episode of The X-Files brings up the Mothman. In this episode Mulder refers to Mothmen, implying that this is a species- not a lone beast.
In 2019, Georgia Hardstark of the My Favourite Murder Podcast chooses the Silver Bridge collapse and surrounding Mothman theories as her story for the week.
Since the movie’s release, Point Pleasant has been hosting an annual Mothman Festival to celebrate the interest in the small town’s story.
There is also a large silver statue of the Mothman, as described by witnesses, that was erected in Point Pleasant in 2003.
Of course, as many people believe in the Mothman, there are just as many who would like to disprove him as a real living creature.
The Mothman was spotted around what Point Pleasant residents call the “TNT Area” because it was once a munition factory for World War II.
In the 1980’s the area was declared a major biohazard.
Some say the Mothman is a large sand-crane, which is a very long legged bird with large wings and red eyes.
They theorize that if the bird lived near the hazardous waste, it may have developed unusual deformities that give it an eerie appearance.
Other Mothman naysayers believe the Mothman is a very large barred owl.
Because it is often spotted at night and a barred owl is quite large with reflective eyes- this is a popular hypothesis.
What do Mothman Tattoos Symbolize?
You may get a Mothman tattoo if you simply like strange stories, or feel like a bit of an odd creature yourself!
You may also choose to pay homage to an earthbound supernatural creature who chooses to spend its time looking out for human beings.
Maybe you had a great time in Point Pleasant, or grew up there, and want a fun way to commemorate the place.
There’s no wrong way to get a Mothman tattoo.
Common Themes in Mothman Tattoos
There are no two Mothman tattoos alike!
Because of its modern history and largely American background, there really are no rules when it comes to designing this tattoo.
Some may opt for a portrait style depicting a more realistic Mothman flying through the sky, while others get a cuter, more cartoonish Mothman.
There are a lot of ways to have fun with this character.
Mothman Tattoo Ideas
Do you believe that the truth is out there, or is the Mothman just a deformed owl?
Either way, it’s fun to think about who this ominous yet friendly creature may be.
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