Eastern Religion Tattoos

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.

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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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Halsey got this tattoo of the Om symbol on her arm in August 2013 as a matching tattoo with her boyfriend at the time who was Buddhist. She told Noisey:

“It’s to promote harmony and balance, and I think I kind of need that. I’m a person of duality, for sure. I’m biracial—my dad’s black, my mum’s white—I’m bisexual, I’m diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and I’m a Libra, which means I’m the scales. So I got this as an attempt to gain some sort of harmony.”

Om is a spiritual symbol representing the sound of the universe in Buddhism as well as in Hinduism, Jainism, and other Dharmic religions. At the time Halsey saw her tattoo as a respectful tribute to these cultures, but now she has some concerns that it is an appropriation. In a private message to a fan @cherriesnwine she explained that she plans to cover it up at some point in the future:

“I got it when I was 17 with an ex boyfriend who was Indonesian and a practicing Buddhist. At the time (I was in love) I thought it was more of a cultural sharing experience. However I have full intentions of covering it up. For multiple reasons… Haha.”


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Amira McCarthy

Amira McCarthy mandala arm tattoo

Amira McCarthy gave her own twist to a traditional mandala design by putting a yin-yang symbol in the center. The mandala is a symbol that represents the universe in both Hinduism and Buddhism, while the yin-yang (also known as a taijitu) is a Taoist symbol which represents opposites existing in harmony. Artist Archie at Hammersmith Tattoo did the tattoo in July 2014.

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