You must have seen these beautiful circular shaped tats representing wholeness. A model of the organizational space structure with a repetitive pattern, it has transpired through cultures and centuries. No matter how ancient the symbol is, it will always be modern as well as timeless.
Mandala is one of the most popular tattoo designs of all times, but do not think that any artist can pull it off; it takes a talented artist to make all the fine lines crisp and patterns even.
Is It For You?
Looking to have a Mandala tattoo done? Answer these simple questions to determine whether this design is for you:
- Are you into ancient history and spiritualism?
- Do you like sacred geometry?
- Do you like circular repetitive patterns and thin lines?
If you have answered affirmatively on these questions look through the sketches and photos of Mandala tattoo designs. You will definitely find something for yourself.
Symbolism and History
Mandala means circle in the Sanskrit. It is a visually absorbing song making all the chattering thoughts go away and bringing you clarity and a peace of mind. Basically this symbol is meant to awaken the creative part of your brain by putting the analytical mind to sleep. The symbol is very common in the Native American, Indian and Celtic culture.
Mandala as a symbol belongs to the sacred geometry and was well known and widely used in the ancient world way before Christianity.
Each Mandala has its own meaning.
- Ancient Indian culture has various Mandalas for all aspects of life. Remember the seven circular symbols for seven chakras? Concentrating on either of them activates a certain chakra in your body.
- In the Native American culture Mandalas represented important symbols such as sun and wind. A labyrinth Mandala represents life as a journey; a feathered one represents spiritual strength. And of course an all time favorite female tattoo symbol, the dream catcher, was meant to protect people from nightmares.
- The Celtic Mandalas represents the holy trinity, a knot that represents the complexity of our lives, and a spiral Celtic symbol to represent spiritual growth.
Depending on your style and taste you can choose any spot for the Mandala tattoo design. Since the theme is so versatile you can make it work on any spot, as it won’t require an even skin area. You can put it on your torso, arm, leg, even armpits and elbows work for Mandalas; it all depends on your personal taste.
A small tattoo will convey just as much symbolic and spiritual meaning, so in case you cannot have any visible tattoos due to your career ask your artist to come up with an understated design. Make sure the skin area does not have folds, as it might distort and cover some of the picture.
Think black and gray, fine line, color realism, watercolor, Celtic and what not. The good thing about a Mandala tat is that it is so universal you can make it in any style you want. Work it into an existing tattoo or make it a part of the new design. If you have a thin body frame put a small fine line Mandala on your inner arm or your wrist, put a small one on your ankle, etc. It will depict your feminine beauty, softness and spirituality.
Men love to make 90s styled bold line Celtic Mandala sleeve tattoos, back, and chest and shoulder pieces. Modern trash polka Mandalas look very stylish and bold. Any design will look beautiful if you have a good devoted artist and are willing to work together to create something unique.
The amazing thing about the Mandala pictures is that they are unisex and work for both sexes. Boys usually ask for the black and gray style and bolder larger scale designs.
Girls like to do color with finer lines and more intricate designs. No matter if it is a male or female tattoo you should cooperate with the artist to create a unique pattern and design a tattoo sketch that will match your personality.
Check out the famous model Ireland Baldwin and her left upper arm Mandala tat, it looks very stylish in fine line. And aspiring young singer Amira McCarthy has a bold line black and gray Mandala on her lower arm; she added a unique twist to the tattoo picture by incorporating a yin yang symbol in the center.
Asami Zdrenka from the Neon Jungle has a dot-work styled Mandala with a red rose in the center on her upper arm. Yugoslavian singer Ira Estrefi is famous for her BonBon hit and has designed a fine line Mandala inspired tattoo for her inner elbow by herself.