The Italian horn, also called the cornicello or cornetto, has long been woven into Italian culture and belief.
Many a man dons the horn around his neck, while others hang its likeness over the door, all with one purpose in mind: to ward off the evil eye and welcome good fortune into their lives.
The Italian horn has been linked to the ancient animal’s horn, which represented fertility and strength, and today’s wearers acknowledge the same. The cornetto is a protective emblem, and its tattoo likeness will no doubt perform a similar service. Worn on the arm, over the heart, or on the shoulder, your Italian horn is a totem that will never tarnish or fall off, for this is permanent protection.
Often worn in red to mimic the chili pepper, your cornicello tattoo can be similarly hued or inked in gold or even bolder black. (Don’t they say fortune favors the bold?) Regardless of where or how you wear it, your Italia horn tattoo will guide you through the darkest of times and into the light where you belong.
Many traditions we take for granted carry deep and significant roots, connecting us to ancestral rites that hold just as much relevance today–if not more. We need the protection and courage of our ancestors, and no one knows this better than Italians and their descendants. Your cornetto is your link to the past and all who came before you, your invisible guardians and proud bearers of brighter days and better fortune.