If you are looking for a symbol that will create confusion and make people ask you questions, consider the heartogram tattoo. Many might wonder what this strange looking symbol is. It looks as if it is combing the imagery of the pentagram and a heart which might send mixed messages. However, it is a pretty cool story when you find out where the image came from and the person that really created the image.
In this post we are going to talk about the heartogram tattoo and where it originated. We will also talk about the people involved in the creation of this tattoo. To come up with something like this is a testament to the creativity of the creators. We hope that by the end of this post you have a better understanding about what the heartogram is and what it means for the people that have the tattoo on their bodies.
However, before we get into that, check out some of these heartogram tattoos. Take these ideas and incorporate them into something you’d like to do.
What is a Heartogram
The heartogram tattoo is of a symbol that mixes a pentagram and a heart. You might see this image in a tattoo, but you also see sticker and graffiti. The image was created by the lead singer of the Finnish band, HIM, and from there, other well-known people had the image tattooed on their bodies.
The significance of this the heartogram is up to interpretation but the symbolism seems obvious. The pentagram is a symbol of darkness and evil while the heart represents the good and light. We can take from this image that life is like the heartogram. Full of good and evil. It is up to you to decide which to embrace. However, so we can be informed, let’s talk about what each symbol represents.
The pentagram is also known as the pentangle or pentalpha. It is the shape of a star with five points. Originally, the pentagram was used in Babylonia and ancient Greece as a symbol of faith by many who associate themselves with Wicca. This is similar to the way Christians connect with the cross.
Because of the assumed association of Wicca with Satanism and the occult, many schools in the United States tried to ban the use of this symbol but was shot down because of the first amendment. On the other hand, the Church of Satan does use a version of this symbol that has been copyrighted to them. It’s called the Sigil of Baphomet. It’s a pentagram with the two points up, surrounded by two circles and has a goat head in the middle.
We all know what the heart symbolizes. Most things positive in life are associated with the heart. Love and goodness are some of the top characteristics of the heart. This being said, it’s no surprise there is confusion on the heartogram symbol.
Many might take the heartogram as only a satanic symbol and the heart represents the love for Satan but that isn’t true. It simply represents the duality between good and evil if you ask us. You also will have to ask front man for HIM, Ville Valo about why he created this image.
HIM Singer Ville Valo and the Heartogram
According to Ville Valo, the heartogram was something he came up with when he was 20 years old. He was drawing for hours trying to figure out something that would represent HIM and through time and patience, the heartogram emerged.
According to Ville, the image just came to him. It represents the yin and yang, soft and hard, male a female. He said the duality of life was very important to him and therefore, the image became what represented the band. Ville is interested in the balance of life. People can take it for what they want but this is what Ville was thinking when it was created.
Heartogram Tattoo Variations
The heartogram image is what it is. You can’t really change it too much, but we have seen imagery added to the heartogram tattoo to add a little dazzle to the tattoo. Below are a few things we have seen added to the heartogram tattoo.
Paisley Heartogram Tattoo
Paisley seems to be a hot pattern right now and many people are adding these patterns to the heartogram tattoo. These curly patterns add to the heartogram if you are the type of person that likes a little something extra. By itself, the heartogram is clean and simple looking tattoo but to add the paisley pattern to the tattoo takes it up another notch.
Tribal Heartogram Tattoo
Tribal patterns are also gaining steam when adding to a tattoo. The heartogram tattoo is no exception and the tribal heartogram tattoo is a cool looking tattoo. Mixing the history of the heart, pentagram and tribal symbols gives us a tattoo with a lot of meaning and history.
Watercolor Heartogram Tattoo
One version of the heartogram tattoo that we have been seeing is the watercolor heartogram tattoo. If you haven’t guess by some of our other posts, we are big fans of the watercolor style and to tattoo the heartogram in a watercolor fashion is adding to the duality of the tattoo itself. With bright colors and flowing patterns, the watercolor heartogram tattoo will make anyone look twice.
We are certain the heartogram tattoo has been inked in many other ways over the years. We are sure the band, HIM, would probably be pleased to see people using their creativity to add to this tattoo. It is up to you to decide how you want your heartogram tattooed displayed on the body.
What we suggest doing when you are researching shops and tattoo artists, is to look at their portfolios to see what artists work in the style you like. This way, when you ask for some ideas on additions to the heartogram tattoo, they will most likely come up with something that you were already a fan of. If you need help finding an artist to make your vision a reality, let us know and we’d be happy to make a recommendation.