Let’s explore the mystery of the Mandala Tattoo.
Why is the Mandala Tattoo So Popular?
Tattoos are symbolic. They all have meaning and they signify something significant to the wearer. From a broken heart to declarations of love and everything in between. We have collected some great examples at http://www.mandalawalla.com/mandala-tattoo/thinking-about-a-mandala-tattoo/
Tattoos are more popular than ever, which partly explains why mandala tattoos are more popular, however there is more to it than this.
We find mandalas in almost every culture, especially ancient cultures. These have held meaning for as long as records were kept. You even find them on stone carvings and ancient cave paintings.
As a shape it has resonated with man forever and it probably always will.
With the arrival of the Internet and particularly apps like Pinterest and Instagram our awareness of ancient art is now common place. Where previously it was only available to a few boffins in a university, it is now in the palm of our hand.
Accessibility to knowledge and art has changed the world and it has expanded the possibility of what our tattoo could look like too.
Why are we attracted to This Design Concept?
It’s not clear why this design has so much universal appeal. it has probably something to do with the mathematics of it. All humans have an instinctual relationship with the mathematics of the universe and of nature. This is why we can all enjoy music, which is a pure audio representation of mathematics.
It is also why we can look at some building and recognise they are perfect and that others are just plain wrong. Humans can understand the relationship of height and length. We have a feel for it which is primal. Can we explain it? Well most of us can’t, we simply have to putt it down to a feeling. “This feel right. This feels wrong”.
Meaning upon Meaning
As we have already stated every tattoo has meaning. Every mandala has meaning too. So when you bring the two together you stack meaning upon meaning. This may explain why this has become so popular in the tattoo parlours.
And it’s not an overt meaning; it’s subtle. It needs to be interpreted. One has to look upon it and find ones own meaning too. It demand enquiry both of the individual who wears it and of the person who observes it.