Alien tattoos have been an increasingly popular theme for body art since the mid 20th century, when science fiction introduced the concept of the extraterrestrial into the popular consciousness. Alien tattoo designs generally fit into one of several different categories based on the individual tattoo. Many alien tattoos feature the Grays, with enormous heads and eyes and the gray skin which gives them their name. Other popular alien tattoo ideas include UFOs, often the famous flying saucers which are often seen in the skies. Alien script tattoos, based on glyphs or alphabets associated with alien research.
- Alien designs are often melded with biomechanical features. - Aliens may represent an otherworldly nature or a fascination with the mysteries of the universe.
Aliens are an enduring cultural icon, and many alien tattoo designs are based on aliens from movies and video games, as opposed to purportedly real “types” of aliens (i.e. grey aliens.) They may reflect something seen as alien or otherworldly within the wearer or express their curiosity about the possibility of extraterrestrial life.