Once again we’ve rounded up a list with the best tattoos internet has ever seen to give you the ink inspiration to suit your story and style. With all those gorgeous designs out there, we know it can be tough to find the tattoo that’s perfect for you. As you already know if you’ve been reading us, we’re addicted to the needle and we love those tattoos that visually impress through design but also have a rich symbolism behind. Mandala tattoos definitely fit into this category so we decided to make a list with 50 of the most beautiful mandala tattoo designs we’ve seen and at the same time to explain the symbolism behind this sacred & timeless pattern.

What is the meaning of a mandala tattoo?

First of all, what is a Mandala? The meaning of the word mandala in Sanskrit is circle. At the most basic level, a mandala represents wholeness, unity and harmony. Many cultures since the ancient times use it as an expression of the Sacred Universe, where all life forms spiral into life like that of a Mandala.

In traditional mandalas, patterns repeat and echo in a symmetrical fashion, usually centered around a core. These patterns can be geometric, or derived from nature – flowers, sun, moon and earth are common motifs.

The Mandala can be considered a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation with the universe, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds. The circular nature of the designs symbolizes infinity or eternity.

Each geometric figure within the mandala has symbolic significance. Circles represent different levels of the cosmos, while squares represent earthly planes. Other geometric shapes such as triangles may refer to aspirations toward the universal (when pointed upward) or toward the earthly (when pointed downward). Colors also play an important role in nuanced meanings of mandalas.

When you see the rich symbolism and intricate aesthetics of a mandala, it’s easy to fall in love and desire to get it tattooed on your body. If you consider a mandala inspired geometric pattern to take your ink to the next level, go with colors, shapes and motifs that have a special meaning to you. Many choose to incorporate their favorite colors, religious or spiritual symbols or animals, their age or other items of significance to their lives.

Mandala tattoos are extremely versatile and can carry a number of meanings that are limited only by the bearer and the observer. Many of today’s tattoo artists still pay homage to this sacred symbol but do so using modern techniques and often with contemporary twists.

If you opt for a Mandala tattoos you should also know that due to the geometric nature of these tattoos, when considering where to place it, it is important to get a place with fewer folds so as to avoid distorting the image. Also, keep in mind that your mandala tattoo will be entirely influenced by the tattoo artist you choose, so find a tattooist who will make the most of your piece.

Inspirational mandala tattoo designs to adorn your body with sacred geometry

Mandala has become a trending tattoo subject in the modern times and we continue to alter it to our own liking. Rich in symbolism and with a beautiful design, a mandala tattoo – if properly done – can really make a statement. Check out these beautiful mandala tattoo designs – mesmerizing ink pieces that not only look amazing, but also illustrate sacred, geometric symbols, teeming with deeper hidden meanings.


beautiful mandala tattoo designs

tattoo artist © Steph Hesketh Tattoo

cool mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Jimmy YuEn

awesome mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © HΔMSTTER®

beautiful mandala tattoo ideas

tattoo artist © K r i s t i n a E l i n

best mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Vitaliy Bezenkow

creative mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © VALERA RONENKO

beautiful mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Kristi Walls NYC

creative mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Ksirou Division

best mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Ashlee Saunders Tattoo

creative mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Guy Le

cosmic mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Giulia Del Bianco Tattoo

leg mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © AZL

creative mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Ola Oleszkiewicz

floral mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © KENNY SANCHEZ

watercolor mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © LCjunior – Juninho

shoulder mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Rafael Costabile

best mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Laura Weller


neck mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © NEENO

moon mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Miryam Lumpini

elephant mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Dzeraldas Jerry Kudrevicius

beautiful mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © anais_chabane

floral mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © mikephillo_tattoo

intricate mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © spike17tattoo

spine mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Maya Mysteria Tattooartist

 

intricate mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Pmztattoo

watercolor mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © red_lenara

intricate mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Ashlee Saunders Tattoo

cute mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Elizabeth Fryer Tattoo

leg mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Laura Weller

shoulder mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Jimmy YuEn

beautiful mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © John Roguel

awesome mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Kristi Walls NYC

colorful mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Pınar takay

head mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Israel Paketh


landscape mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © MiL Et Une ~ Art & Tattoo

thigh mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Jens W

best mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Effedots

awesome mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Nikki Ouimette

floral mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © steve_fatcat_tattoo

sea inspired mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Eloise | 1891 original Tattoo co

Cosmic mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © VALERA RONENKO

floral mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Laura Weller

palm mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © GIORGIA MAE TATTOOS

best mandala tattoo ideas

tattoo artist © NEENO

beautiful mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © anais_chabane

tattoo artist © Pınar takay

back mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Laura Firth

arm mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Mtl Tattoo

watercolor mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © red_lenara

best mandala tattoo ideas

tattoo artist © Ashlee Saunders Tattoo

heart mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Billy Murton


beautiful mandala tattoo designs

tattoo artist © Rafael Costabile

back mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © A L E X B A W N

lioness mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Kristi Walls NYC

sunflower mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © I N D I E D

watercolor mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Carlos Cisneros

shoulder mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Jack Peppiette

best mandala tattoos

tattoo artist © Salome Trujillo

watercolor mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © red_lenara

creative mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © MiL Et Une ~ Art & Tattoo

lotus mandala tattoo

tattoo artist © Dzeraldas Jerry Kudrevicius

We hope you liked our collection with some of the most beautiful mandala tattoo designs the internet has ever seen and maybe you’ve found an idea for your next tattoo. If you want more tattoo inspiration, we’re here to introduce you to a whole spectrum of ink artists from all over the world. Custom designers specializing in every style from new school ink pieces to traditional American tattoos – tune in for something new every week!