There are many different religions out there and many people who follow each of them, so it should come as no surprise that religious tattoos are extremely popular. Just check out any tattoo artist’s books and you will probably see dozens if not hundreds of religious tattoo designs.
The thing that you have to keep in mind when looking for a religious tattoo is that it is one of the most personal tattoo designs that you can get. With that in mind, know that it’s usually a good idea to tweak an existing design or come up with a whole new one to make it suit you as best as possible.
One tattoo design that fits in plenty of religious faiths is the angel tattoo. In the majority of organized religions, angels represent direct messengers from God, which, when in tattoo form, gives them an added feeling of security. Some people also get angel tattoos to represent a loved one who has passed away and is in heaven. Angel tattoos can range from the angels themselves to just the wings, and they can often have additional tattoo designs in or around them.
If you’re looking for a Christian tattoo, then you will find that there are quite a few designs to choose from to make the tattoo both meaningful and nice looking. The two most popular Christian tattoos are of the cross and of Jesus. These images obviously have deep meanings in the Christian faith, so it’s pretty obvious what they mean when you see people who have them. Other popular religious tattoos include anchors, which represent eternal life, and doves, which are seen by many as representing the Holy Spirit.
The most popular Buddhist tattoos would be the bodhi tree, which is seen as one of the most meaningful symbols in the religion. Siddartha, who founded Buddhism, was under a bodhi tree praying when he is said to have first communicated with God. The tree has a whole host of meanings, including enlightenment, strength, and even life itself. Because the bodhi tree has so many great meanings, plenty of non-Buddhists get this tattoo and use one or more of the non-religious meanings.
If you are looking to get a Hindi tattoo, there aren’t too many designs that represent the religion better than the Om symbol. The design itself is quite unique, so it’s pretty easy to point out when someone is either Hindi or finds one of the Om meanings to be fitting. The primary Om tattoo meaning is protection, since the “Om” mantra is said to remove all negative thoughts from a person’s brain.
If you are looking for a religious tattoo to represent your Jewish heritage, then the Star of David could be the perfect tattoo design for you. Some Jewish people will get the Star of David tattoo simply because it is a striking image that has an obvious meaning, while others will use some of the lesser-known meanings. The Star of David tattoo is said to symbolize the relationship between God and all beings on Earth.
Some people want to get religious tattoos without being so on the nose about it. Luckily for them, there are plenty of great tattoo designs that are both religious and subtle. These tattoos are known as “spiritual” tats since they can represent basically any religion or no religion at all. They usually have meanings that can be associated with any religion.
Wings represent one of the most popular religious tattoos in the world. While it has come to be known as a popular tattoo for Christians, just about anyone can find deep meaning in a wings tattoo. Like we pointed out above, plenty of people get the wings tattoo to represent a loved one who has passed away. Even some people who don’t follow a religion get wings tattoos simply because they find personal meanings in the design and/or they really love the way that it looks.
One tat design that is considered more spiritual than religious (though it can definitely be a religious tattoo) is the water tattoo. Water represents both life itself and being “purified,” so there are plenty of reasons why someone might want to get a water tattoo. There are also a lot of stories in each religion’s holy book where water plays a significant role.
If you are thinking about getting a religious tattoo, it’s important to know if you want it to be a very personal tattoo or if you want it to be shared with the world. This can help you narrow down your choices and help you decide where you want the tattoo to be placed on your body. Some people want large wings on their bodies, but they choose to get the tattoo on their backs to make it a bit more personal. Other people want to get a large religious tattoo in an area that everyone can see so they can show their pride in their religion.
Another important factor when getting a religious tattoo is whether it will be in color or black and gray. Color tattoos have certainly taken off in recent years, but it’s pretty much an even 50/50 split when it comes to religious tattoos. These are tattoos that are usually not meant to be flashy, so a lot of people are satisfied with a simple black and gray version of the design. Of course, religious tattoos can also look good in color, so you should take the time to figure out which you’d be happier with on your skin.
As we mentioned earlier, it’s a good idea to have a unique religious tattoo drawn out for you rather than just picking one out of a book. These are extremely personal tattoos, so getting one that is yours and yours alone is usually the best route to go.
As you can see, there are plenty of religious tattoo ideas out there and plenty of ways to get them drawn on your body. It’s a good idea to figure out which meaning you want to use first, and then choose a design that works best for that meaning.