Eastern Religion Tattoos

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole got this little swirl tattoo on the center of her chest from artist Nikko Hurtado in April 2016. The design is a Buddhist unalome which represents enlightenment. If the top of the tattoo symbolizes the destination, the swirls symbolize the journey — which is often indirect but gets more refined as you get closer to the goal. It shows that you are making progress even when it feels like you’re treading backwards.

The artist wrote on instagram: “Always honored to tattoo my friend @cherylofficial did this little Buddhist symbol on her chest about a month ago. @cherylofficial & @fakeliampayne are class acts and always treat me very well. Thank you guys for trusting me tattooing you. 🙏🏻 honored.”


Jordyn Woods

Jordyn Woods has a tattoo on her upper back with illustrations of the seven chakras of the body. The chakras are thought to be the energy points of the spiritual body in Indian religions including Hinduism and Buddhism.

“It all starts at the root,” Jordyn wrote on her instagram. The tattoo was done by artist Rafael Valdez in September 2015 using a single needle style.


    Jahan Yousaf

    On the outside of Jahan Yousaf’s right forearm is the Vajra Brush, a work of art by Alex Grey. The piece symbolizes the spiritual nature of art. At the center of the drawing is a combination of a paintbrush and the eastern spiritual symbol Vajra. Two winged snakes wrap around it, similar to the Caduceus symbol. Though it is often used as a symbol of medicine, the Caduceus represents occupations associated with the Greek god Hermes.

    The artist explains a means that the meaning of the vajra paintbrush is “to awaken people to their own essence through the light of higher vision. The entire history of art is an expression of universal creativity that invisibly surrounds and supports every creative act. The vajra is a spiritual device, a thunderbolt scepter owned by the Hindu god Indra and adopted by the Buddhist sages as a symbol of the diamond-like clarity and brilliance of the mind’s true nature.”

    Neon Hitch

    Neon Hitch has a variety of tattoos all over the back of her right hand, including a variety of symbols on her fingers. The tattoos use a watered-down in for a henna-like appearance. On her pinkie are chevrons and dots. Her ring finger has a vine as well as her existing knuckle tattoo, which is a much darker color. On her middle finger is an eye, “XXX”, an om symbol, and a star. On her pointer finger is an Egyptian pyramid.

    Selena Gomez

    Selena Gomez has a tattoo on her left hip which is thought to be an om symbol (ॐ). Om is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, and other Indian religions which represents the sound of the universe. In western culture, Om is primarily thought of in connection with peacefulness, mindfulness, and meditation.

    Selena’s stylized design looks different than the more tradition versions of the Om symbol; hers almost looks to say “x31”. It is drawn with thin lines that make it similar to her other dainty inkings.

    It was first seen when Selena went to the beach in September 2015, but Selena has a knack for hiding tattoos from the public. No one knows exactly when she had the tattoo done.

    Samantha Maria

    Samantha Maria has a Mexican Day of the Dead Skull tattoo on her left tight with two roses tattoo around the skull.
    The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos in Spanish) is a Mexican celebration of dead ancestors which occurs on November 1st and 2nd, coinciding with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

    Chantel Jeffries

    Chantel Jeffries has a geometric tattoo on her upper back.  The outside edge is made of overlapping triangles forming a solid black line, while the shaded dotwork interior is comprised of overlapping circles.

    Both shapes are rooted in sacred geometry, the idea that certain shaped have divine meaning. The design of seven overlapping circles in a triangular lattice grid dates back thousands of years and can be seen in architecture from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In modern times it has become known as the Flower of Life.

    The outline of her tattoo is a Sri Yantra, a symbol which can be found in Hindu temples. The traditional symbol is made of 9 triangles in various shapes and sizes which intersect to form 43 smaller triangles. Together they represent the totality of the cosmos and the human body. Chantel’s tattoo shows only the outer edges of the shape, so some of the interior triangles aren’t shown at all in her version.

    Not all Sri Yantras share the same angles, and modern day researches have put a lot of effort in to coming up with an optimal version of the symbol. The design that Chantel used has plotted to placement of the triangles based on the Flower of Life — so the two symbols in her tattoo are actually connected to each other!