Today we brought together a selection of mandala tattoos that we think you'll be really pleased with. Integral to the Hindu culture, this design has now become important to a very diverse crowd. Some have been calling it a trend to get these perfect patterns places on their skin, we prefer to think of it as an icon within tattoo culture and community. Not only wonderfully beautiful, the mandala means a great deal of things and is a sacred symbol for Hindu's, Buddhists, and more. If you had a mandala tattoo, what would it mean to you?
Tattoo artists who make their own mandalas often explore many different styles but blackwork is certainly the most favored. It makes sense why: most mandalas, and other sacred geometry tattoos, are made from lines and dots. Tattooing them in black ink makes certain that as time flies, the design will stay as true as possible to the first time it was tattooed. It's also worth noting that a pattern in black, on anyone's skin, is a stand out design that will have people enchanted. Some of the tattooists in this particular collection like to infuse their designs and patterns with more illustrative, ornamental or floral aspects. It's always interesting to see an artists point of view come together with a collectors vision! These pieces should help inspire you for your next inkling for ink!
As we mentioned, as you may already know, mandalas are sacred symbols that are present in almost every aspect of our natural world. We've talked before about sacred geometry and the Golden Spiral, as well as the Fibonacci Sequence can both be used to create the patterns you see in many of these tattoos. But, as with most symbols, the visual aspects of the mandala are symbolic of the philosophical meaning underneath. "Describing both material and non-material realities, the mandala appears in all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community." It's a beautiful concept and image!
But what does the word "mandala" mean? "The word "mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds." Bailey Cunningham, author of the book Mandala: Journey to the Center, explains even further the importance of these image and how it could possibly expand our perceptions. "The integrated view of the world represented by the mandala, while long embraced by some Eastern religions, has now begun to emerge in Western religious and secular cultures. Awareness of the mandala may have the potential of changing how we see ourselves, our planet, and perhaps even our own life purpose."
If you look at the circular pattern of the mandala, it can look like many things: flowers, stars, architecture, even silver filigree. Tt can also make you think many things...like how everything is connected and dependent on one another. It can also have a contemplative effect on people, and is often used for meditative purposes. But, like all symbols, the image is only imbued with the amount of power you believe it has, and for the collectors with these awesome mandala tattoos, we hope that they continue on an ancient tradition of truly embodying the meaning behind their mandala. Compassion, mindfulness, being at one with the world. All of those lovely things that could truly make our society a better place!