The wheel of a ship remains one of the most popular maritime symbols. Ship’s-wheel tattoos have been popular among sailors and fishermen for many years, and are now worn by men and women in all walks of life. They can be just decorative, or symbolic and inspirational. Because ship’s wheels can be drawn large or small, they can be inked nearly anywhere on the body. However, In my opinion, large ship’s-wheel tattoos look much better than small ones. Read More
Spiral Tattoos — The spiral exists in many forms in nature, from the familiar curved horn of the ram or the goat, to the horns on the antelopes on the plains of Africa and the tusk on the narwal, to the shell of a snail or nautilus and the cluster of petals in a rose, all the way to magnetic fields at the earth’s poles, and even in the galaxies swirling in space. The spiral seems to be nature’s way of mesmerizing the observer with a sense of eternity. Spirals fascinated many early cultures, from the Celts and the Norse in Western and Northern Europe, to the Greeks and Romans around the Mediterranean. They saw the Equiangular Spiral, also known as the logarithmic spiral, Bernouli spiral and logistique and the study of the spiral helped fuel early mathematics and geometry. And it certainly influenced their art and the idea that there were laws and rules that governed proportion in both architecture and art. Think of the Golden Mean, also known as the Golden Ratio and the Divine Proportion. These ideas gave rise in turn to the Golden Rectangle and the Golden Triangle. Read More
Nature is full of geometry, and spirituality has always been fascinated by this hidden secret. Sacred geometry is used in religious architecture (and for all religions), with concepts observed in natural patterns, as well as in art. With the growth of dotwork, aka pointillism tattoos, geometric tattoos has soon moved from meaningless ornamental tattoos to masterpieces with deeper meanings. Ink lovers getting sacred geometry tattoos are following the traditions of holistic practice, when shamans and monks were the only ones tattooing. Depending on their placement and design, they believe that their tattoos could affect their health, spirituality and energy. Read More
The triangle symbol is a simple one, but is also one with a great amount of meaning behind it. Due to the fact that triangles contain three corners and three sides they are often linked to different trinities. The most common being that of the Christian faith, the holy trinity- father, son and Holy Ghost. The triangle can also symbolize the stages of the moon- waxing, waning and full. Other trinities include: mind, body & spirit; mother, father & child; past, present & future; mother, maiden & crone; thought, feeling & emotion and creation, preservation and destruction. Read More
Round tattoos is gaining attention these days. This includes wheel, round or any circular designs. Although circle tattoo is not a major ink trend, people are searching for ideas on style solutions. Read More
The Pyramid symbolizes a world Centre and axis mundi representing the primaeval Sacred Mountain, which is often a four-sided, such as Mountain Meru. The aprex of the pyramid symbolizes the highest spiritual, hierarchical and initiatory attainment; it also depicts fire, the flame, the solar masculine force and is phallic. The pyramid whit steps signifies the structure of the cosmos and the planes of consciousness; also the ascent of the sun in the firmament. Plato uses the pyramid to symbolize the earth element, with the cube as air, octahedron as fire, icosahedron as water and dodecahedron as ether. In Aztec symbolism the pyramid is the fifth sun of Quetzalcoatl. Read More
The mandala’s design is meant to be not only appealing visually, but to absorb the mind in a way that silences chattering thoughts and allows the observer to gain a higher level of awareness. Mandalas are designed from the center outwards, which tends to give them a floral appearance. Because flowers are typically circular in nature, circles and flowers can be combined to create a tattoo that is symbolic of femininity, eternity and balance.
There are few tattoos that can hold much meaning and still look beautifully simple. Most tattoos that fulfill both of these criteria are religious symbols like the Star of David, cross or aum (om) symbols. The infinity tattoo design and symbol, on the other hand, is one that is non-religious, but holds much meaning and is very beautifully simple. While some people may consider this symbol one for mathematicians, the infinity tattoo design is actually a very popular tattoo design in the general population and in its own right.