While a plague doctor tattoo may seem a frightening choice to some, for the lovers of dark and creepy it is a very appealing design.

The plague doctors were medical physicians who treated victims of the plague. They wore a special costume and a mask designed to protect them from putrid air, which was believed to be the cause of infection.

The protective suit consisted of a heavy waxed fabric overcoat and a mask with glass eye openings and a beak-shaped nose, typically stuffed with herbs, straw, and spices. Plague doctors would also commonly carry a cane to examine and direct patients without the need to make direct contact with them.

The image of the plague doctor spooky costume was associated with death and has become deeply ingrained in the popular and gothic culture. Thus, a plague doctor’s outfit is a typical creepy costume and resembles the portrait of The Grim Reaper.

The concept of the plague doctor has spread in the art of painting but it also makes a great design for obscure yet historical tattoos. Plague doctor tattoo designs are for all the fans of Middle Age era, gothic culture but also for the horror and the somber part of our history.

The Plague Doctor’s haunting costume abides a creepy symbol of death and the unknown and is used to depict the Black Death that stirs instant fear.

We have collected bellow 33 mysterious plague doctor tattoo designs to help you get inspired.

Plague Doctor Tattoo by fitztattoosPhoto: fitztattoos

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