Once a symbol to a very small group of people, the mandala has become a very popular tattoo design the world over. It’s beautiful, holds so many different meanings, and it can be blended with one or multiple other tattoo designs.
The mandala, while in design is dominated by squares or triangles, has a concentric structure and actually translates to “circle” in Sanskrit. These symbols offer visual elements that balance and represent harmony and unity. The mandala is extremely versatile and can carry a number of meanings that are limited only by the creator and the observer. The overall goal of a mandala is to be a tool on one’s spiritual journey.
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. This is a very strong meaning, so people who get the mandala tattoo for this reason are usually very deep (or they want to appear so).
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. Some people who plan on getting a plainer flower tattoo might change their minds when they see how unique the mandala flower design looks.
Mandala artwork is a large part of Buddhist and Hindu religions. These designs are often depicted in sand art, so people who use this mandala tattoo meaning will usually get a black tattoo since it more closely represents the sand version. Of course, no meaning is lost if they do choose to add some color to the tattoo.
Many people get a mandala tattoo because they see it as a symbol for perfection. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the owners think that they are perfect, but instead that they want to strive for perfection. The tattoo is just a reminder not to settle for things in life and to always try to get the most out of life. Even if someone gets the mandala tattoo for a different reason, they can always use the “perfection” meaning later on.
Mandalas have been used in almost every religion, which is why it is one of the more popular religious tattoo designs. They may be given a different name and meaning, but the basic definition remains that they are circular, spiritual works of art. Due to this, mandala tattoos are a great choice for someone who lives a deep, spiritual life.
All in all, the best decision when designing a mandala tattoo is to choose colors, symbols and shapes that have a special meaning to you. Many choose to incorporate their favorite colors, religious or spiritual symbols or animals, their age, or other items of significance to their lives. The mandala tattoo isn’t the easiest tattoo to design, but that’s a good thing because it is a tattoo that will hold plenty of meaning to its owner for the rest of their lives.