Tattoos are a form of body art that has been growing in popularity nowadays, but still, a lot of people don’t realize that it has been existing since the ancient times. People of different cultures around the world has been inking themselves as status symbols, signs of religious beliefs, adornments, amulets, and even forms of punishment. To prove this, a lot of mummies dating a thousand years with scribbles all over their bodies has been dug out by archeologists, while several tribes around the world has carried out the tattooing traditions from their ancestors until this very day.
In our modern times, tattoos have evolved from quite the symbol of rebellion and as a subculture to its growing acceptance even in the fine-art world. Tattoo artists are celebrated and conventions are happening in every corner of the planet. Hundreds of designs and styles have been churned out by these artists everyday, including mandalas. If you are planning to get yourself inked and have no idea of the design, take a look at our compilation of cool mandala tattoo designs as well as our Abstract Tattoos Designs for some great suggestions.
Mandala Flower Tattoo
Mandala Wrist Tattoo
Butterfly Mandala Tattoo
What Is Mandala?
There are many accounts on the definition of mandalas based on various cultures and these could be incorporated in your tattoo design. Below are some of them.
- Hinduism. The Hindus use mandalas as a spiritual and ritual symbol which represents the universe and its dimensional geometric composition is seen as the abode of the deity and used as an aid to meditation. In politics, the mandala represents the circles of friendly and enemy states surrounding the king’s state.
- Buddhism. Just like the Hindus, the Buddhists also use mandalas to meditate as a support to the meditating person and a symbolic offering of the entire universe. Every intricate detail of the mandala is fixed is fixed in tradition and has specific symbolic meanings which represent the pure surroundings of Buddha.
- Christianity. The mandala form is also prevalent in Christianity and can be seen in the Celtic cross, the rosary, the halo, the aureole, rose windows, the Crown of Thorns, and the dromenon, which represents a journey from the outer world to the inner center where God is found.
- Psychology. In art therapy and mental health counseling, creating mandalas helps stabilize, integrate and re-order inner life. Patients are asked to draw small circles which reflect their inner state. The mandala serves to restore a previously existing order and the creative purpose of giving expression and form to something that is yet to exist.
- Art. A mandala is a complex abstract design that is usually in a circular form. They are created with a center point and an array of geometric and organic shapes, forms, and symbols. It is used to express a person’s connection between his inner word and his outer reality.
With the mandala’s rich history and extensive meanings, it is considered as one of the Coolest Tattoos that you can have as it is timeless as well as very beautiful.
iGeometric Mandala Tattoo
Paisley Mandala Tattoo
Rose Mandala Tattoo
Skull Mandala Tattoo
Vintage Mandala Tattoo
Mandala Sleeve Tattoo
The Meaning of a Mandala Tattoo
Once a symbol to a very small group of religious people, the mandala has become a very popular tattoo design and getting a mandala ink symbolizes a lot of things such as:
- Spiritual journey
- Blossoming of life
While you’re here, do not forget to check out our collection of 3D Art Tattoo Designs as well!