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Buddhist Tattoo Designs And Meanings-Buddha Themed Tattoos And Ideas

Updated on September 18, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Buddha Tattoos And History


Buddhist tattoo designs are based on Buddha symbols and elements. Buddhism is an ancient religion that is widely practiced all over the world. There's a variety of different Buddhist symbols that may be considered for a Buddha tattoo. Men and women that consider Buddhist tattoos may have strong beliefs in the Buddha religion while others may admire the beautiful art in such tattoos.

Buddha, also known as Gautama Buddha or Siddhartha Gautama, was the man that created the religion. Today, it's one of the most common religions practiced in the world. Gautama Buddha didn't allow others to worship or idolize him. However, after his death, many Buddha followers would worship the great Buddha.

Today, Guatama Buddha has inspired body art that can be found all around the world. Those who practice Buddhism are viewed as the only men and women that should be allowed to wear such tattoos. However, the beautiful art of the Buddha has inspired tattoo artist from all around the world to create Buddhist tattoo designs.


Buddha Tattoo Designs And Meanings


There's a variety of different Buddha tattoo variations to choose from. Buddha tattoo designs portray Buddha in a variety of different postures, as well as with other elements and symbols. With my experience, I would consider choosing a tattoo artist that specializes in Buddha tattoo designs. There's a lot of detail that goes into Buddhist tattoos such as the Buddha. Then again, that's just my opinion.

The laughing Buddha tattoo design is one of the more popular variations. Laughing Buddha tattoos portray the Buddha laughing and smiling. Laughing Buddha is a well known character from Chinese folklore. The Buddha is known for his large belly and this is the type of tattoo that is often inked on men's stomachs. Some believe that this Buddha tattoo represents the Buddha's next reincarnation.

The Buddha lotus tattoo design is another popular Buddhist tattoo. This Buddha tattoo portrays the Buddha with a lotus flower. The Buddha tattoo may depict the Buddha meditating on the lotus or the lotus bloom may be designed somewhere within the tattoo. The Buddha meditating is a symbol of devotion to the Buddha religion. The lotus within Buddha tattoos often represent spiritual development. You may see the Golden Buddha represented in a tattoo. He would often be meditating, representing power and prosperity.

The Buddha can also be designed folding his fingers or holding his hand up. The Ajanta and Ellora caves contained art of the Buddha’s fingers, which are folded in different shapes called mudras. Each mudra represents a different meaning. The Buddha with the raised palm is another variation. This is a symbol of the Buddha giving respect to whomever he sees.

The Buddha face tattoo is yet another variation of Buddha tattoo designs. The Buddha face often portrays a face with no expression. This Buddhist tattoo can represent tranquility and peace. When you see the Buddha face, the expression says it all, a very peaceful look. Buddha face tattoo designs may portray the face alone or with other associated elements and symbols.

Buddha face and Chinese symbol tattoos are another Buddha tattoo choice that you may wish to consider. This Buddha tattoo portrays the Buddha face and Chinese characters or symbols. In most cases, the Chinese character is on the face. However, it may also be placed somewhere within the tattoo. Traditionally, it's a Chinese character of peace. Even so, some men and women may choose to get a different Chinese symbol for this Buddhist tattoo design.

These are just a few of the dozens of Buddha tattoo designs that are available for you to choose from. Some people may choose to have an entire Buddha in their tattoo, perhaps a Chinese character with the Buddha within. The Buddha tattoo is a religious tattoo, this is something that you should remember. Is it disrespectful to get a Buddha tattoo since you have no association to the Buddha religion? Well, that's not for me to judge. Just be warned, some Buddhist believe that this is disrespectful. so this is certainly the type of tattoo that should be thought out. If you're part of the Buddha tattoo, then it's not considered to be disrespectful. The pure purpose of this Buddha tattoo article is to give you accurate information about Buddha tattoo designs, nothing more. It's your choice whether to get it or not.

Please make sure that you take the time to review and view all the different Buddha tattoos in this article. First, this will give you a general idea of what to expect when you begin looking for a Buddha tattoo design. Also, you can gain your own ideas and inspiration for your own Buddhist tattoo.

Remember


The Buddha tattoo is considered to be a religious tattoo. This is certainly something that has to be considered before you get inked. If you get a Buddha tattoo and you're not of the Buddhist faith, you're likely to be frowned upon or worse. I'm not saying that you should get Buddha body art or not, that is not my call. I'm just letting you know how it goes.


Just as you are now, Buddha tattoo or not, always make sure that you research your tattoo. Make sure that you completely understand what your tattoo represents and stands for. You don't want to get inked and find out later that it represents something different. Buddha tattoos are a great example of this rule.


Buddha tattoo designs are exotic, creative, mysterious, and very symbolic. They can make for a great tattoo. As I said earlier, there's tattoo artist that specialize in the Buddha design, I would suggest finding artist of this nature, just my opinion. If you feel that the Buddha is not for you, you can follow the links below to view more tattoo designs. We thank you for your time and support. We continue to provide accurate information for free to all our visitors and appreciate all the support that you give us. Please take the time to comment if you have any questions or suggestions. Once again, thanks and be sure to view our other tattoo articles.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Buddhist Tattoo Designs And Meanings-Buddha Themed Tattoos And Ideas I like this kind but won't have tired on me.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      @Frank, thanks for taking the time to comment. Buddha tattoos are artistic for sure. Just as well, Buddhist tattoo designs are also very symbolic, a great choice for Buddha followers.

      @Chitrangada, thanks for the vote and share. Just as Frank mentioned, the art in Buddha tattoos are amazing. I wouldn't get a Buddha tattoo because I don't follow the religion, but it's a perfect choice for those in the religion.

      @Rosemay, thanks Rosemay. Some of these Buddha tattoos are very lifelike, kudos to the tattoo artist that created these for sure.

      @Btrbell, thanks for the visit and comment. Buddha tattoos are interesting, I love the spiritual connections with such tattoos, very symbolic.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Very interesting, as usual! Thank you for sharing!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Certainly very lifelike tattoos, interesting designs.

      Thank you for sharing Ricky.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful designs!

      Now who could have thought of making the figure of Buddha as a tattoo design!

      Brilliant and so well done! Voted up and shared!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      wow so much body paint.. you sure can entertain, even the thumbnail pictures are just a work of art to look at thank you for the share :)

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