You might have seen or heard about it before, despite not knowing where it actually came from. “Veni, Vidi, Vici” or “I came, I saw, I conquered” has been said so many times it was even changed a bit by those who said it. It is a popular line heard in rap songs or movie characters or even a line said by politicians and sometimes used in cigarette packagings. It has so much impact that it has made its way past the old Roman history to the modern times, not only because of what it means literally and what is was used for originally but what the phrase signifies. and that is Julius Ceasar’s swift glory. And isn’t that a great idea for a tattoo? Having famous words about a great glory for whoever is saying that and an utmost defeat for the other party. There is no other line that best describes it but a Veni Vidi Vici tattoo. We have listed the best Veni Vidi Vici inspired tattoos to give you an awesome idea for your next ink.
Best Veni Vidi Vici Tattoos
You do not have to be like Julius Ceasar to wear the Veni Vidi Vici tattoo, you don’t even have to win any battle so spectacularly, you only need to have that thirst to succeed in what you do to embody the perfect Veni Vidi Vici tattoo and show everyone that that you live it.
1. Veni Vidi Vici Tattoo on the ribs
A nice place to show off this meaningful tattoo, nothing says “strong” than a tattoo on the side of your body. Looks good on men but can also be very nice looking for women to show off their curves while they are at it.
2. Veni Vidi Vici artistic tattoo on the foot tattoo
Great tattoo especially for women who would like to be discreet on the ink they have on their bodies. It can easily be shown and flaunted but is also very easy to hide. Having the tattoo on you feet also has that idea that you can go anywhere and conquer.
3. Veni Vidi Vici arm tattoo with roman numerals
Simple yet very eye catching, you can even select an important date to be tattooed underneath the quote, this can be an anniversary or a birthday or may be a day you don’t want to forget.
4. Simple Veni Vidi Vici tattoo in a laurel wreath on the wrist
This tattoo shouts roman all over, everybody remembers Julius Ceasar with the laurel wreath around his head, and his undying quote inside a laurel wreath represents what the line is all about.
5. Veni Vidi Vici tattoo on the back with stars
Veni Vidi Vici has transcended from being an old quote from a Rome, it has become a statement of the bold. No need for Roman embellishments, just the words and whatever you want in it to represent yourself through your ink.
6. Under-boob Veni Vidi Vici tattoo
7. Simple cursive Veni Vidi Vici tattoo on the back
It only is three words but represents and means a lot, this tattoo does not need too many decorations, the weight of history behind it already stands on itself.
8. Slipknot inspired Veni Vidi Vici tattoo
Nothing else says bloody battle than these famous words in the famous style of the hardcore band Slipknot.
This small and cute Veni Vidi Vici tattoo is a great “first” ink. Girls can flaunt it by wearing an off-shoulder top to show the quote they live by. Here are more cute tattoos for girls.
10. Cute Veni Vidi Vici tattoo
Who would have thought you can use the word “cute” and Veni Vidi Vici in one sentence? This tattoo is great for the ladies who wants to show their badassery but still remain chic and girly.
Great for both men and women. Though most females prefer to have their tattoos on the lower back portion of their bodies so they can easily show it off.
The lion, king of the jungle, and the famous quote by a great leader. Perfect combo for a tattoo.
Simple, yet very eye catching, you don’t need to have big tattoos all over your body to show your conviction and the words you live by.
This small and plain arm tattoo does not mean that you are hiding it, in fact, it being on the arms makes it somewhat like a statement.
The colors in this Veni Vidi Vici tattoo gives it a whimsical effect, as opposed to the normal stylings for the quote which is often solid and monochromatic.
This very manly simple tattoo looks really macho on guys. It’s simple, it’s solid and if you have this unique and cool tattoo it looks like you mean it.
17. Veni Vidi Vici tattoo in an olive wreath on the chest
Another take on the classic olive wreath that represents the Greek and Roman culture. In ancient Rome, they gave it commanders who were successful and triumphant. That’s why most modern depictions of Julius Ceasar has it. Now his words are inside the laurel wreath as a reminder of the origin and meaning of the words.
What does Veni Vidi Vici mean?
I came, I saw, I conquered is what Julius Ceasar reported to the senate about the battle of Zela in the 47 BC. Pharnaces, the enemy, defeated one of Julius Ceasar’s officers and his men. He treated the surviving roman soldiers poorly but when he found out that Julius Ceasar was approaching, he sent messengers to offer peace but Julius Ceasar declined right off. Then the battle started and well, it ended. Not much to say about it is there? We all know what was the conclusion, and that is what resonated even after hundreds and hundreds of years.
Now a lot of people, even those who remembers that this line is from Julius Ceasar forgets all about the battle of Zela, why? There isn’t much to know other who won and how did it happen: He arrived, he saw and he was victorious. Today, people use this quote to show everyone their conviction in life. That they are someone strong (or tries to be) and has the thirst for victory in life in all they do. It is necessarily someone who has an aptitude for war or battle or history and not even someone who is in the military. This line can now be used by everyone who would like to show that they will weather whatever is happening and will happen to them.
Because a lot of people use the line only for military or political purposes, some people may not easily understand what means to the person who has the tattoo, and some may also disagree on using it entirely based on the fact where it come from. But Veni Vidi Vici has long since ceased to just be a military term or just a quote by a famous person about battles, it has become a symbol to most as something that they can look at and think of as a line that shows how confident they are in life and that beyond the bad times ahead they can always count on that they will survive and triumph. The promise of success by being strong and steadfast is what it means for most people and this is the reason why they want the mark on their bodies. The tattoo itself is thought-provoking, it makes one think about why the person has it on their skin. These people are not afraid to go against the norm, to go against the tide and follow what they think is right. People with tattoos are always viewed as artistic or sometimes rebellious so think before you ink. Check out these Pros and Cons of having tattoos.
You may use the Veni Vidi Vici tattoo any way you want for whatever reasons. No matter how you relate it to your life is up to you, but having it on your body means one thing: The meaning of Julius Ceasar’s triumph resonates so much to you on a certain level and at some point in your life you are a true victorious warrior.
Hey readers! I’m Jeffrey and your tattoo artist of the day;) I have been drawing and painting my whole life, and after graduating high school I decided it was time for a bigger challenge and I started drawing on people. I’m so fortunate I got to express my creativity through my body art and even more so to share my passion with my now wife Emilie. She started working with me in my tattoo shop as a piercer and I started writing about and photographing, my creations on this blog. I love to hear from you and hope you enjoy our work together!