Since dotwork tattoos have been having their peak in popularity, another style has also become very popular: sacred geometry tattoos. Most of the times the two styles go together, geometric tattoos are often performed using the dotwork technique (as are animals, occult symbols and engraving inspired tattoos).
With sacred geometry we refer to those shapes and patterns that are found in nature and that are perfect, such as the spiral of the golden section (we’re sure you’ve seen the nautilus shell in many tattoos), and other designs such as the flower of life or the Gordian knot. Most of the times these designs and patterns are perfectly symmetrical, and generally include circle shapes. One of the most common designs are mandalas, generally squares containing a circle and many other geometric shapes, forming a whole with a radial balance.
Platonic solids like the dodecahedron and the icosahedron are common as well, as are all the shapes that recall the idea of oneness and connection with the natural world that surrounds us. Sacred geometry tattoos are very spiritual tattoos. Many people who choose to get sacred geometry tattoos often do it for the meaning of the design, not for the “shallow” beauty. For example, the platonic solids we mentioned above have precise meanings. The cube represents earth, while the tetrahedron symbolizes fire. The octahedron symbolizes air, the dodecahedron spirit or ether and the icosahedron refers to water.
Some people believe that positioning these shapes over a particular part of the body will affect their spirituality or health in a positive way. If you think about it, tattoos have always been used as amulets, talismans and for protection. This was even common among sailors back in the 40s and 50s. Ancient cultures believed that tattoos had to be performed by shamans (like Polynesian tribes) and they symbolized their position in the society, while also having magical qualities. Today, many of these sacred geometries can be found blended with other tattoos, included in other designs just as decorations. Or they can be used as a holistic practice. These symbols are meant to make your energies and vibrations higher, and even if you think that it’s a placebo effect, we think that it’s worth trying.
Today tattooing has developed a lot as art, we have electric machines and we can use very vivid colours and alongside this process, sacred geometry tattoos has also been rediscovered. Pain is almost no longer part of the “ritual” but sacred geometry patterns and designs still hold their fascinating and magical allure to us. Do you like sacred geometry tattoos? If you have one, why did you get it? Let us know in the comments below! Photo credits: Pinterest.com
Tattoo artists in order: Chris Rigoni – Dillon Forte (x 2) – Nate Siggard – Miah Waska – Dr. Woo – Kenji Alucky – Chaim Machlev – Jubss Lili Contraseptik