We often have set ideas about the meaning of symbols or designs, and we often resonate with them in very particular ways. Geometric tattoos definitely belong to this category, but sometimes they're usually looked at as just intricate dots, lines, and shapes put together in a pleasing way...but you'd be surprised! Most geometric tattoos have connections with, or use concepts and iconography, from sacred geometry. There is a specific reason why it's called "sacred", and we'll be taking a look at that, as well as some other very well-known aspect of this particular aesthetic. Hopefully you'll see that there is much more to these ornamental tattoos than you previously thought!
Sacred geometry comes to play within geometric tattoos in many different ways..in this particular collection you can see pieces by Ivan Casabo and Noam Yona that use elements of classical masterworks from Da Vinci. For example, Da Vinci's famed Vitruvian Man, as well as his in depth sketches of spirals (Fibonacci spiral tattoos are popular too!), intricate mathematical equations, and even portraits that hint at the Mona Lisa or other ladies of the Renaissance, are all aspects of these geometric tattoos. But how is the Vitruvian Man connected to geometry? What is the golden spiral, and why does the shape of a shell matter for mathematics?
Well, as for the Vitruvian Man, "The drawing is based on the correlations of ideal human body proportions with geometry described by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in Book III of his treatise De architectura." And the same could be said of the golden nautilus...sacred geometry wasn't just about math and shapes, it was about how mathematical ratios can be applied to art, architecture, nature, even human beauty, to achieve the ideal.
If you think this is just visual works of art, think again. These tattoo artists are certainly using sacred geometry to inform their geometric tattoos...but they aren't the only ones! Even musicians from Mozart to Radiohead have used golden ratios within their work to create perfection. But it doesn't just stop there...it isn't only beauty that the golden nautilus, and the golden ratios, illustrates. Many people believe that these geometric and mathematical ideals have a power deeper than the visual...which makes sense. Symbols are powerful.
Perhaps you are aware of the Tree of Life symbol that is so important to many religions including Judaism and Buddhism. "This geometric symbol is at the center of the mystical Kabbalah tradition, but it also showed up in Ancient Egypt over 3,000 years ago...The Tree of Life is said to depict man’s divine unity with the universe and can be understood as a map of the human mind or psyche." Other examples include the Hamsa, Unalome, and Pentagrams.
Arie Rhysing's torso tattoo is a perfect example of blending many different kinds of sacred geometrical patterns within a geometric tattoo. Here we find the Tibetan Eternal Knot centered within an example of the Metatron's Cube. "This powerful symbol contains the 5 Platonic solids or the 5 elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Aether), and meditating upon Metatron’s Cube is said to have profound healing powers." Having this as a chest tattoo, along with an Eternal Knot that symbolizes "eternity, wholeness, and the interconnectivity of all life", is a perfect reminder to remain one with the universe. We are, after all, made of stardust...the lives we lead are powerful, as are the symbols we choose to decorate our skin with. They should be worthy of the beauty within!
If you want to see more geometric tattoos, we certainly have tons of them within our archive, and artists are always sharing more within our app as well! If mathematics isn't exactly your forte, you can also check out Donald in Mathmagic Land, a Disney production from 1959 that actually breaks down sacred geometry into ways that anyone can understand!