Sacred geometry tattoos are spiritual in nature and have a religious significance. It has many motifs, one being the very popular, Flower of Life or another variation, Metatron's Cube (based off the original Flower of Life). The nautilus shell, Ouroborus and Mandala, are also part of this group. Mathematical patterns, dot-work, beading style accents, and hints of color, are also found in this incredibly detailed and delicate style.
When you look at a geometric tattoo you will usually find some form of pattern to the whole design. Some theme that is consistent throughout the tattoo. A geometric tattoo usually has one design, usually a shape, that is repeated throughout the tattoo to create a specific design. It’s a continuous pattern that is precise and detailed. Geometric shapes are usually shapes that have any number of sides and can be described by mathematics. The shapes often fit easily into a geometric pattern creating a wonderful design. They are mathematical shapes that create repetitious designs and a sense of balance and consistency throughout the tattoo.
The design that are created from geometric patterns are usually predictable. The pattern that is designed can be calculated and the eventual pattern studied. Although the routine of the design can seem comfortable. But the tattoo design is also logical and suited to an equation. They are symmetrical designs that are formed through geometric patterns. These patterns can be the key to contentment and happiness.
Geometric shapes are always studied throughout history through the study of geometry. Every figure in a pattern is often examined. An image in general can be broken down into geometric shapes, which can make it seem less realistic. An image can easily become a mathematical equation that has a logical explanation behind it. If the images are broken down first, then the image tends to look less complicated then when it’s all put together. It will look fragmented and more practical then the creation that you end with.
Tattoos that are created with geometric shapes usually mean something or are trying to make sense of something. It is hard to understand it in any other way. Geometric tattoos often are used as a sacred ritual because their intended goal is to show you a path to understanding. Each individual part of the tattoo has a meaning, a theme that can be considered before the entire image can then be understood. By adding geometric shapes to your tattoo you are giving the design building blocks of knowledge, you are building perspective and perception.
The simplicity comes from the use of common shapes – lines, circles, squares, triangles. These shapes are repeated in captivating, detailed patterns to form a specific design. You can create anything from abstract designs to geometric renditions of images, such as animals and elements in nature. Add more dimension by choosing thick or thin lines, and a range of colours. Welcome to the world of geometric tattoos.
If you read our last post, you’ll connect the dots and realize that mandala tattoos are a type of geometric tattoo. They rely on patterns and precision to reflect the deeper themes within geometry.
Symbolic meaning of geometric tattoos
Sebastian from Chronic Ink Tattoos has noticed people becoming very interested in tattooing sacred geometry, which is full of symbolism and fascinating concepts. One example is the flower of life. This is a geometric shape made up of multiple overlapping circles of the same size. This ancient symbol can be traced back throughout history in different religions and cultures. It is said to contain the patterns of creation – the most sacred patterns of the universe, including all life and existence.
Another ancient symbol drawn in geometric tattoos is the Gordian knot. Based on a Greek myth, the knot was used to secure the ox-cart of Gordias, a peasant farmer prophesied to be king. No one could untie the knot until Alexander the Great finally cut it with his sword after also failing in his attempts. The Gordian knot thus became a metaphor for a complicated problem that must be solved by thinking outside the box. While there are no pictures of the actual Gordian knot, it is commonly depicted as three or more interlocking rings. As a tattoo, it can represent the complexity of life, and the appreciation for the beauty in its unsolvable mysteries.
Generally speaking, geometric tattoos tend to draw from shapes and patterns in the natural world. Some symbols, like the ones above, are associated with deeper religious and cultural backgrounds. Among the basic shapes, circles can portray relationships and community, and square-based designs stand for stability. Combining or connecting them is a way to convey balance between the two. More intricate figures, such as a dodecahedron (three-dimensional shape with 12 plane faces) or icosahedron (with 20 plane faces) may show the juxtaposition of complexity and unity.
Geometric Tattoo Designs
According to Sebastian, most clients don’t have a specific geometric design in mind; it’s more of an idea. So if you are in a similar situation, do some research and bring some material for reference. Pictures of tattoos, illustrations, or other artwork are helpful in shaping your design. Sit with the artist to point out which aspects you like. Is it the composition, or where the tattoo is placed? Are there particular elements that you want to see in your own tattoo? On top of providing the artist a vision, give them as much creative freedom as you can afford. An artist who is trusted and inspired will produce the best work.
Advances in digital technology are giving artists a greater hand in creating geometric tattoos. Since this kind of tattoo needs to be extremely precise and even, a digital approach can save the artist time, make it easier to revise the design, and even ensure a perfect fit. Artists can do mock-ups by taking pictures of the body part that will be tattooed, and produce the design to fit it exactly.