Circle Tattoos

Julia Michaels


Julia Michaels has an interesting tattoo design on her right wrist consisting of three V-shapes and three circles. You can see two triangles in the negative space even though they are not fully formed. This optical illusion is why the design resonated with Julia. It represents the power of the human mind to see beyond what exists on the surface.

People like to make fun of me for it because they’re like ‘oh Pac Man!’ But this is actually a symbol for perception. It has two triangles and three circles, but nothing is actually fully formed. Even though the brain perceives it as whole, and it’s not, which I think is really interesting how you can perceive something as whole even when it’s not.

This design, called the Kanizsa triangle, is a famous optical illusion created by the Italian psychologist Gaetano Kanizsa in 1955.

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Vanessa Martinez (Simplynessa15)


Vanessa Martinez has a space inspired tattoo on her left forearm. This ink was the forth she did and it interconnects with a triangle form filled with crystals done at the same time.
The triangle represents femininity while the space reminds her of the fascination she has for space and her younger idea of becoming an astronaut. There she has the Sun and the Moon and her favorite planet – Saturn – also three small circles at the bottom, because “3” is an important number in the Universe.

Lacey Sturm


“Had an amazing night preparing for @jesusisthereset tomorrow at the @nationalmall in Washington DC The FREE event is from 9am to 9pm… So many heroes in the faith are gathering tomorrow. Please come out. My @jesusisthereset tattoo is a symbol of my commitment to the message that God considers every human worth dying for, worth forgiving, and worth giving a chance to start over fresh and new in their soul, to be born again of The Spirit, if only we are willing to admit we need a RESET and ask Him for it.. So we are asking for healing and renewal tomorrow for our hearts, our nation, and our world. His forgiveness is a free gift to all who ask. God’s forgiveness was bought for us all by the blood of Christ. And when we encounter the love and kindness of God, we can’t help but fall in love with Him back and feel his love for others. His perfect love casts out all fear and brings hope that rises to eternity. I believe in tomorrow so much.”