Tattoos are a way to express yourself where words can’t – they are a form of artwork that stays with you for life. They can represent your past, present or future and show who you are as a person and what you want from life.
There are lots of different types of tattoos to get and symbols are a good way to show your identity on a smaller scale.
The Malin symbol is a popular choice of tattoo. It features an infinity sign, with an arrow going through it. It’s a Swedish symbol that means that setbacks and downfalls in your life are just a progression and part of the experience of living. The idea is that a hindrance is simply just another step on the journey and needs to happen, so you can naturally move forward.
The Ankh is an Ancient Egyptian symbol that was used in art and writing to mean ‘life’ and symbolises life itself. The symbol is an oval on top of a cross and is good for those who love life and want to make the most of their time on Earth.
The Moon Cycle
Many people often get tattoos of the moon but becoming a more popular choice is the whole moon cycle, with each lunar phase tattooed on the skin, from the full moon to an eclipse. The moon reminds us of the cyclical nature of life. For woman, the moon signifies femininity and power, as in mythology the moon was used as a hiding place for power and wisdom by the goddesses. The moon also symbolises light and darkness and enlightening the way for those in the night-time – a guide through times of the deepest gloom.
A popular tattooed symbol is the Hamsa, an ancient Middle Eastern sign that symbolises the Hand of God. The Hamsa is supposed to be a sign of protection and will shield those that bear it. The symbol also promotes happiness, luck, fortune and good health.
The Lotus Flower
The lotus means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. In Ancient Egypt, the lotus represents rebirth and the Sun, whereas in Buddhism, the flower stands for purity, faith and spiritual awakening. The flower grows in mud but is still beautiful and harmonious – it’s a great metaphor for those that have been through hard times but have come out the other side at peace and with a good heart.
There are lots of variations of the anchor tattoo, but they all mean the same thing – grounding. An anchor represents that through the stormiest of seas, the bearer has survived with their feet firmly on the ground. It’s also a reminder to stand tall during the wildest periods of your life and find stability in yourself.
The Vegvisir is a symbol of protection in Norse culture. It also symbolises guidance and translates as guidepost in Icelandic. The Vegvisir looks like a compass and stands for those that need direction and want to find a way.