GNOMES are the dwarfish imps of Northern European mythology. Like Trolls, they liked to live underground, too, and according to Swedish legend, were the guardians of mineral treasure. It wasn't surprising to find them frequently in quarries and mines, even preventing miners from entering their mines, or so the stories went.
Around 1850, gnomes began to appear in German gardens, this time as terra-cotta figures. Since gnomes were regarded as hard workers, having them in a garden was considered beneficial, especially if they came to life at night to lend a hand, as folks liked to believe. Like the trolls of Scandinavia, gnomes were not a pretty sight, being generally misshapen and often hump-backed. But they got cuter over time, and now bless domestic gardens all over the world.
Below you will find a gallery of inspirational images that will help you in your quest of creating the perfect Gnome tattoo.