The size of the tattoo isn’t always indicative of its meaning or importance, here’s a list of eight of the smallest tattoos, with some of the biggest meanings.

1.Single Line Wave Tattoo: Wave tattoos symbolise a connection to the ocean and overcoming the sudden obstacles of life.  Water is symbolically purifying and often represent a catalyst for change, for example in the Christian religion, therefore wave tattoos can be symbolic of new beginnings

 

2.Heart Tattoo: The ideogramof the heart is synonymies with love. The placement of the heart tattoo can also impact the meaning of the tattoo, for example when the heart tattoo is placed on the wrist it can be symbolic of wearing your heart on your sleeve.

 

3.Arrow Tattoo: Originally a native American design, arrow tattoos have entered the realm of popularity. They can be drawn a variety of different ways to express a multitude of things. Arrow tattoos can be rife with meaning and they can be custom drawn to reflect they customers own journey. For example, a single arrow tattoo can be symbolic of moving forward/ flying towards and target. Whereas two arrows tattoos crossing over each other can show friendship. With such versatility is not wonder these designs are sported by so many of our clients.

 

4.Aum’ Tattoo: A symbol found in mainly in Hinduism that also appears in Buddhist andJains tradition. The Aum’ symbol is part of the iconography found in ancient and medieval era manuscripts, temples, monasteries and spiritual retreats. The Aum’ consists of 5 parts: 3 curves, 1 semicircle, and 1 dot.

  • The Unconscious State:The upper curve represents the state of deep sleep or the unconscious. In this state, the subconscious is shut down and the sleeper does not dream.
  • The Waking State: The lower large curve represents the waking state of consciousness, it connects us to our own sense of something greater and is the state of consciousness most humans are in. In this state the consciousness is turned outward and we encounter the world through our five senses.
  • The Dream State:The Middle curve which lies between the first two curves, represents the dream state. In this state, consciousness is between deep sleep and waking and it is turned within.
  • Pure Consciousness:The dot or Bindhi signifies the fourth state of consciousness, which is the state of pure consciousness. This is also referred to as “The Absolute State” or “Turiya.” It is a peaceful, quiet state where the consciousness is focused neither inward nor outward.
  • Illusion/Maya State:The Semicircle that separates the dot from the 3 other curves, represents “Maya” or the Illusions that prevent us from realising or reaching the highest state of consciousness

 

5.Butterfly Tattoo:

The Butterflyrepresents beauty, metamorphosis, rebirth, and change. The Japanese believe that the butterfly stands for someone’s soul. In fact, the Greek word for butterfly subtly translates into soul. In Chinese symbolism, two butterflies together stand for love. 

 

6.Semicolon Tattoo:

A semicolon is a literary device used to connect to sentences while keeping them separate. In current popular culture the symbol represents a new start. The semicolon can also represent the ending of one part of your life.

 

7.Unalome Tattoo:

Originally a Buddhist symbol representative of the path to enlightenment. The spirals symbolise the twist and turns in life, while the straight centre line shows the calm of enlightenment. These tattoos can be customized to reflect and individuals’ story by adding other elements, such as a lotus flower to show new beginnings.

 

8.Moon Tattoos:

Moon Tattoos are symbolic of the cyclical nature of time, the phases of the moon are symbolic of the process of regeneration. A moon tattoo is symbolic of accepting the changes that come with time, and growing with them.