Ancient Greece Tattoos

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!


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Grimes’ left hand has a number of DIY tattoos. She explains their meanings to Prefix Mag: “I did them all myself, I have a Greek meander that is often mistaken for a square wave on my finger (very telling of the times), an alien head because I believe in aliens, an “8” because its my lucky number and a wrist band my friend designed for me that I did in the woods in Minnesota.”

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