…behind history… [some] far-right tattoos
Many people have… tattoos [Norse world tree, etc.] which express their neo-pagan belief, Scandinavian heritage, or interest in the myths. But there is no doubt that these symbols have also been co-opted by a growing far-right movement; [the] sonnenrad, or sun-wheel.
[The Anti-Defamation League states that because sonnenrad imagery is used by many cultures around the world, one should not assume that most sonnenrad-like images necessarily denote racism or white supremacy; rather, they should be analyzed carefully in the context in which they appear.] This is a symbol listed by the Anti-Defamation League as “one of a number of ancient European symbols appropriated by the Nazis in their attempt to invent an idealized Aryan or Norse heritage”. Often it contains a swastika or other hate symbol—but worn with nothing inside, it is very easy for other white supremacists to fill in the blank… there is, of course, a long history of the co-opting of Norse imagery by the far right.
Original Article (QZ & Anti-Defamation League):
The history behind ‘QAnon shaman’ Jake Angeli’s far-right tattoos & Anti-defamation league
Artwork Fair Use: Nick Youngson