The triangle symbol is a simple one, but is also one with a great amount of meaning behind it. Some people will know exactly what type of meaning they will attach to their triangle tattoos, while others just like the look of it. Since the triangle has so many different meanings, owners of the triangle tattoo can find multiple meanings for their designs as time goes by.
The meaning of the triangle can vary based on their orientation. None of the other basic shapes offer this versatility. A square on its side offers the same meaning and a circle, no matter how placed or rotated, is still a circle. While you might find other shapes used a bit more often in tattoo work, triangles are known to hold a lot more meanings than all others.
Due to the fact that triangles contain three corners and three sides they are often linked to different trinities. The most common being that of the Christian faith, the holy trinity- father, son and Holy Ghost. The triangle can also symbolize the stages of the moon- waxing, waning and full. Other trinities include: mind, body and spirit; mother, father and child; past, present and future; mother, maiden and crone; thought, feeling and emotion and creation, preservation and destruction.
Another Christian symbol incorporating triangles is that of the “Eye of Providence” or the all-seeing eye. This is depicted as an eye inside a triangle and is often surrounded by rays of light. One example of a very popular all-seeing eye is the one found on the one dollar bill. The Eye of Providence is a symbol seen to represent God pays attention to everything we do. Some people will get their triangle tattoo to remind themselves of this no matter where they are in life.
In Celtic culture the triangle is featured in the form of the triquetra, triskelion as well as other trinity based knot work. While this design is traditionally a religious symbol, some people will get this triangle tattoo to show their love for one another. For example, some couples will get matching trinity knot tattoos before they get married. This is especially common in Ireland.
A popular triangle tattoo right now is the lovers’ triangles tattoo. In this design, one triangle will be blue and will be turned upside down, while the other triangle will be red and will be right-side up. Sometimes just one person will have both tattoos, but some couples decide to share the tattoo by getting just one-half of it each. The lovers’ triangles tattoo is a popular wrist tattoo design, but it can be drawn on pretty much anywhere on the body.
Greeks believe the triangle to be symbolic of a doorway. The thought was that the combination of polarities would provide a new opening or doorway to a higher wisdom. This meaning can be used in multiple triangle tattoo designs. As you might expect, this type of triangle tattoo helps owners find more meaning in their lives.
Mystic teachings also incorporate the power of three when talking about the triangle. Numerologically speaking, one represents force, two represents an opening, and three is the birthing of wisdom. This is also said to represent the union of one and two. People are drawn to this meaning when they get the triangle tattoo because it is one very few tattoo designs that has multiple meanings in its basic form.
If a triangle is positioned pointing upwards it symbolizes the following: masculinity (or male), solar, Shakta, active, up and father. When flipped upside down it represents the feminine (or female), Shakti, passivity, down, mother, lunar and cave. Therefore, the triangle tattoo is most definitely a unisex symbol. Since these meanings are true no matter what the triangle tattoo looks like, men and women can both get triangles but they will often design them to best suit their tastes. Of course, it’s not uncommon for people to get plain triangle tattoos since even those hold plenty of meanings.
A triangle tattoo can also symbolize creativity, harmony, ascension, proportion, manifestation, integration, culmination and change. The most popular of these triangle tattoo meanings is creativity since most people want to be unique and have the ability to do provide something different in their jobs and in their personal lives.
As you can see, if you plan on getting a triangle tattoo you have plenty of meanings to choose from. This can be seen as both a good and a bad thing, though. Some might be the type of people who want to narrow down the meaning to one that is very personal, while others like the idea of being able to add on meanings down the road. Either way, chances are you will be able to find some type of meaning in a triangle tattoo no matter what type of person you are.
Here are some of our favorite triangle tattoo designs.