Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning Of Tattoos • World Tattoo Events (2023)

CONSCIOUS INK: SOMETHING IS SHIFTING IN OUR CULTURE

And a new tattoo enthusiast has been born. One who recognizes their ink as living body art that resonates with their body’s frequency. Undeniably there is something deep, profound, and boundless about tattoos and being tattooed. Getting a tattoo not only opens portals on your skin but also exposes the mysterious realms of consciousness.

In our society, which craves authenticity, individuality and self-expression, tattoos have made their way from subculture to pop culture. Tattoos have their roots in the indigenous and pagan religions, and their spiritual and magical qualities are the underbelly of today’s ink explosion. There is currently an overwhelming interest in tattoos. Many tattoo enthusiasts who ink up most likely don’t realize that they are imprinting a permanent talisman and conscious affirmation onto and into their body.

Deciding to get a tattoo opens the door for you to explore the deeper meaning of symbols, the cryptic language of your spirit. Tattoos are a meaningful form of self-expression and even more so when they are consciously inked. They not only transform your skin but also your consciousness. Your ink may even represent something from another lifetime that has come through for review. The Maori, along with other Polynesian groups, believe that a person’s spiritual efficacy, or life force, is displayed through their tattoo.

Tattoos are more than just body art. They are a self-proclamation of one’s consciousness, identity, and being. They are the outward manifestation of where the psyche meets the soul. The art has a spiritual or supernatural quality that surpasses normal comprehension. Looking at tattoos through the lens of consciousness gives you a new perspective, which reveals their undeniable roots in Shamanism, pure magic, mysticism, and the ability for self-transformation.

We embody the mystical energy of our tattoo symbols. They are spiritual birthmarks, soul prints of our consciousness. They hold space for an inner archetype to come forward and are also a modality for inviting new energy into your being. Their mystical value goes deeper than your skin.

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Consciously tattooing can be a vehicle for self-empowerment. When you decide to get a tattoo, you are also taking part in a potent blood ritual that opens your inner pathways to self-awareness. Getting a tattoo takes you well beyond just capturing an image on your body; it also stirs up the emotional cellular memory that lies beneath your skin. You are crossing a threshold and making a commitment to an inked-on symbol that you not only outwardly wear but also embody.

Tattoos take on the vibration and intention that is imbued into them, including the transference of energy between the tattooist and the client. Your ink goes beyond the watermark of vanity, for there is also an edgy side that still serves as a modern-day ritual of drawing blood, piercing the skin, and revealing the cryptic messages of our spirit.

Where you choose to place your tattoo is significant in the language of energy. Certain places on the body take in and expel lots of energy. Your body has many chakras, or energy centers, along with 12 main meridians and over 350 acupuncture points located along the meridians. Your skin is the largest and most sensitive organ, and tattoos affect the energy that passes through it. The tattoo design and body placement should be carefully considered because it interfaces with the subtle body (aura) energy field.

Getting a tattoo initiates a change that ripples throughout every layer of your being, from spiritual to physical and vice versa. The symbol you choose to tattoo, in a sense, becomes a portal. It can be a wound which opens the tomb of emotional energy stored in your deep cellular memory or it can also act as a womb that births the crossing of a new threshold. Tattoos reflect the never-ending cyclical motif of death and rebirth.

Think about the images you choose to have inked onto your skin. Are you waking up an inner archetype that wants to come through or possibly integrating your shadow to release unexpressed emotions?

Your ink can also be considered tattoo medicine. Tattoo medicine is a tattoo that represents a return to wholeness, a shift into a new wave of consciousness that encourages authenticity, diversity, and presence.

Tattooist Daemon Rowanchilde, a transpersonal tattoo artist, and owner of Urban Primitive Tattoo Wilderness Retreat in Monteagle Valley, Hastings Highlands, ON, shared the story of one of his clients, a police officer struggling with PTSD: In Daemon’s words, “The client really wanted the lyrics of the song Shipwreck tattooed on the right side of his torso and front ribs. The song was the symbol of his struggle to not be drowned by the immensity of his trauma.

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I added water features to carry the weight of the words and make them buoyant and surfacing. At the time, he came to me for a tattoo, he was processing a lot of anger over his divorce and issues at work, therefore his placement over the liver, which processes anger and also serves as our spiritual compass, was impeccable.” (you can read a more detailed version of this tattoo experience in Chapter 6 of Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos)

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(Tattoo by Daemon Rowanchilde, Urban Primitive)

When you consciously tattoo, you are establishing that the intention, emotion, and image exist on all levels of consciousness without judgement. The tattoo symbolically marks the place on your body where you are able to hold space and be honest about who you are.

Tattoo images penetrate deep within the depths of our psyche. They symbolically link into the incredibly wise, yet playful aspect of our being. The Shamanic ancestral roots of tattooing remind us to connect with the profound, self-activating, healing abilities (on all levels) of our consciousness.

Deciding to get a tattoo also opens the door for you to explore the deeper meaning of symbols, the cryptic language of your spirit. My most recent tattoo nudged the archetype of my inner alchemist forward. I found myself relating to the planetary alchemy symbols that represent the threads of wisdom in my spirit. My experiences from working in the field of astrology and the esoteric arts served as an inspiration for the symbols I chose or should I say chose me. They are now respectfully inked on my upper left arm.

In the language of the body, the upper arm is where we hold our strength. The left side of the body, our intuitive side, asks me to be in touch with what I intuitively know to be my truth. The alchemy symbols for the Sun (gold), Jupiter (tin), the Moon (silver), Venus (copper), and Neptune, my ruling planet (platinum) now form an empowering matrix on my body. (you can read more about body wisdom and tattoos in Chapter 2 of Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos)

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(Tattoo by Nick Santiago, Black Sparrow Tattoo)

The sacred, spiritual, and mystical elements of your tattoos hold the power of wholeness. They are the scars of healing, self-revelation, memories, and the stories of your soul. You can further explore the connection between tattoos and consciousness in my new book, Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos.

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About the author:

Lisa Barretta is a member of the National Council for Geocosmic Research -NCGR, American Federation of Astrologers – AFA, and the International Society for Astrological Research – ISR. She practices as an intuitive counselor, certified Reiki practitioner, and researcher in the fields of consciousness and psychic sensing. Lisa is also the author of Conscious Ink, The Street Smart Psychic’s Guide to Getting a Good Reading and The Book of Transformation.

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I'm the founder of World Tattoo Events. After many years of a semi-nomadic life, travelling to tattoo conventions, I'm now settled in Vietnam where I continue to focus on my work and passion: making World Tattoo Events the best possible platform for the Tattoo Conventions industry. I also own the Dragon City Ink tattoo studio in Da Nang.

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FAQs

What is the spiritual meaning behind tattoos? ›

Tattoos are more than just body art. They are a self-proclamation of one's consciousness, identity, and being. They are the outward manifestation of where the psyche meets the soul. The art has a spiritual or supernatural quality that surpasses normal comprehension.

Do tattoos affect chakras? ›

Getting a tattoo will change the direction of energy (or chi), so this definitely will influence the chakras and influence spiritual meaning in the energetic field. It is recommended to do a meditation with your tattoo to make sure you maintain the balance of your chakras.

Do tattoos affect your spirit? ›

Tattoos increase the proportion of distressing energy in the environment and make the individual physically and spiritually restless. Also, the covering of distressing energy around the individual's body increases by 1.5%.

What does a tattoo symbolizes? ›

These permanent designs—sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal—have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment.

What God says about tattoo? ›

Today they're common everywhere from Maori communities in New Zealand to office parks in Ohio. But in the ancient Middle East, the writers of the Hebrew Bible forbade tattooing. Per Leviticus 19:28, “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves.”

What tattoo symbolizes truth? ›

The Sun tattoos

The sun is a powerful symbol of truth and light.

Do tattoos have power? ›

The power of tattoos is extremely potent. This not only comes from the intention behind the tattoo, but its image, and the fact that it is essentially permanent. Even as tattoos fade, the general shape of their image remains.

What do tattoos do to your brain? ›

The endorphins your body releases during tattooing can make you feel good and cause a euphoric feeling. This feeling may linger for a little while, and it's not unusual to want to experience it again.

Is tattoo good for spiritual? ›

I bet you want to express these deep feelings with your body art, and tattoos are the most excellent way to show your spiritual side. Each individual who has a profoundly spiritual part connects with different symbols, with powerful significations.

Do tattoos affect your DNA? ›

Little conclusive research has been done into the health effects of tattoos. But some of the inks tattoo artists use are derived from toxic heavy metals and dyes. These substances have been found to damage DNA and to be carcinogenic.

Do tattoos drain your energy? ›

Energy is depleted (in a longer session) and the body then needs to go onto heal an area which is basically an open wound. It is all about preparation, sleeping well in the days leading up to a tattoo makes a great difference. Eating well is the same, and generally taking care of yourself.

Is God okay with tattoos? ›

Some Christians take issue with tattooing, upholding the Hebrew prohibition (see below). The Hebrew prohibition is based on interpreting Leviticus 19:28—"Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you"—so as to prohibit tattoos, and perhaps even makeup.

What are 3 reasons people get tattoos? ›

Participants reported reasons such as “to keep my mother's memory,” “a way of honoring my first child,” and “presented what I was going through at a certain time of my life.” Some participants (12%) also felt that their tattoos were an extension or expression of who they were.

What does the tattoo 444 mean? ›

"444" can be interpreted as small blessings that guardian angels send to help us through rough times. The “444” specifically refers to passion and ambition.

What tattoo symbolizes anxiety? ›

If you're looking for anxiety tattoos, you've probably seen a lot of options with semicolons. Semicolon tattoos were inspired by Project Semicolon – a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention. Over time, the semicolon has been used to represent mental health awareness, including anxiety.

What religions do not allow tattoos? ›

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have been hostile to the use of tattoos, but many religions, in particular Buddhism and Hinduism, make extensive use of them. This article examines their use as tools for protection and devotion.

Is tattoo a sin before God? ›

The Bible warns against tattoos in Leviticus 19:28 (Amplified) which says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” However, just because society approves of something does not make it right in the eyes of God.

What tattoo symbolizes abuse? ›

In general, however, Medusa tattoos are a symbol of survival, often from sexual abuse, sexual assault or rape. For some, the significance of Medusa is simply meant to ward off evil and negativity in general.

What tattoo represents mental health? ›

The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health. In Eastern religions, the lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment and rebirth. Lotus flowers grow in deep mud, so many people choose it as a tattoo design to symbolize how they've risen from hardship, and as a reminder that they can overcome anything.

What is a divine symbol? ›

The Divine Symbol is a Focus Item that is related to Divine Favor and offers an Energy bonus. There are two types of Divine Symbols. The more common type, which is available as loot and is used for all crafter and collector Divine Symbols, consists of three interlocking blue loops.

Do tattoos affect life? ›

"Tattoos can trigger autoimmune, inflammatory conditions in the skin," Dr. Fenton says. "There have been reports of a rare condition called sarcoidosis developing even years after the tattoo." So keep an eye out for changes in your tattoo, such as bumpiness on the skin.

Can a tattoo change your life? ›

Confidence: No matter your sex, age, body shape, or even race, having a tattoo is for everyone! For many people having a tattoo is a huge confidence booster. Tattoos allow a person to change their appearance in a way that fits their style, which in turn often makes them feel more confident about how they look.

Do tattoos affect your future? ›

According to the research that had 327 employers in the United States interviewed, about 14% said that they wouldn't hire the tatted person at their job positions. However, 23% said that tattoos are likely not to affect their decision of hiring that person.

What your body goes through during a tattoo? ›

In order to give the ink a permanent home in your body, the tattoo needle must travel through the epidermis into the deeper layer, or the dermis. Nerves and blood vessels are located here, which is why getting a tattoo hurts and your skin tends to bleed.

Can tattoos become addictive? ›

Rather than being addicted to the physical chemicals produced in your brain while getting tattooed, you're likely addicted to the behaviour of getting tattooed. The chemicals are adrenaline and endorphins, and while they feel absolutely fantastic, it's pretty rare to have a physical craving for them.

Do Christians believe in tattoos? ›

Does the Bible forbid tattoos for the Christian? Well the quick answer is no. The Bible does not forbid Christians from getting inked. Someone might say, “but I thought somewhere in the Old Testament it said not to get a tattoo.”

What tattoo means power? ›

The Eagle – ever since ancient times, the eagle has been a symbol of power, strength, leadership, courage, etc.

Can people with tattoos pray? ›

His prayer and pilgrimage are certainly valid. It has to be remembered that genuine repentance of any sin erases it completely. Although in the case of the tattoo, the effect remains on one's body, the fact that the person concerned has repented means that no further action is required. A.

What happens if tattoo ink gets in your blood? ›

Your body can't break these particles down, so they become stuck. A side effect of this is that the lymph nodes can change color to match the color of your tattoo. Evidence is also showing that the tattoo ink particles can travel through your blood and end up in your liver, where they also become stuck.

Can people with tattoos share blood? ›

Yes, you can donate blood if you have tattoos

If you got a tattoo in the last three months, it is completely healed, and was applied by a state-regulated facility, which uses sterile needles and fresh ink—and you meet all donor eligibility requirements—you can donate blood!

Why you should not tattoo your body? ›

Tattoos breach the skin, which means that skin infections and other complications are possible, including: Allergic reactions. Tattoo dyes — especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes — can cause allergic skin reactions, such as an itchy rash at the tattoo site. This can occur even years after you get the tattoo.

Why do tattoos stay forever? ›

French researchers say they have found the answer, and it's a little bit surprising. They found that immune system cells called macrophages eat the ink, and then pass it to their replacements when they die. So the tattoo ink doesn't stain skin cells, as many people had believed.

What benefits do tattoos have? ›

But what are the health benefits of tattoos? Tattoos can increase feelings of confidence and improve self-image. Some feel that their tattoos allow them to look more like who they feel on the inside, which can be an essential component of identity.

Do tattoos affect your immune system? ›

As noted above, when you get a tattoo, the body's immune system immediately bolsters itself to fight off infection, but research has found that this happens not just at the “injured” tattoo site but throughout the entire body, and the response has shown to be cumulative.

Does the placement of a tattoo mean anything? ›

Does placement also factor into the stories our tattoos tell? The short answer is: yes, your tattoo location can certainly give onlookers some insight into who you are. But there's no science when it comes to what your tattoo placement says about you.

What is the tattoo for protection? ›

The Shield Knot

Celtic culture is full of knots, and most of them symbolize protection. More often than not, the knot symbols end up on the popular armband tattoos, many of which were inspired by the Celtic culture.

Why do tattoos have a negative connotation? ›

For many years, Americans have developed negative connotations with tattoos because of its association with deviant behaviors, criminality, and gang affiliations. The painful process of getting drawn on by a sharp vibrating needle signifies the individual's bravery and rebellious nature.

Does God agree with tattoos? ›

No, God does not condemn tattoos outright. Such marks, when associated with pagan theology and worship, were forbidden.

What religion does not allow tattoo? ›

Tattoos have been used for thousands of years as important tools in ritual and tradition. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have been hostile to the use of tattoos, but many religions, in particular Buddhism and Hinduism, make extensive use of them. This article examines their use as tools for protection and devotion.

Where should you not put a tattoo? ›

Areas like the feet, hands, stomach, chest, elbow, lips, and inner ear are not good tattoo locations. It's essential to consider a few things when choosing a proper placement, such as pain intensity, practicality, and visibility.

What does a tattoo say about a person? ›

A tattoo is like a snapshot of an idea, feeling, or memory that you want to carry with you forever. It's visual proof that something—or someone—really happened. Whether you get the tattoo because you're afraid you might forget or because you know you never will, your tattoo is full of meaning. It just speaks to you.

What tattoos symbolize mental health? ›

The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health. In Eastern religions, the lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment and rebirth. Lotus flowers grow in deep mud, so many people choose it as a tattoo design to symbolize how they've risen from hardship, and as a reminder that they can overcome anything.

What does the tattoo with 3 dots mean? ›

The three dots tattoo represents “Mi Vida Loca,” which translates to “my crazy life.” It often means the struggles of the underprivileged and the minorities. It's a way of saying, “my life is crazy, but I'm thankful for it,” or “life may be crazy, but I'm still here.”

Do tattoos affect your brain? ›

Research published in The British Journal of Dermatology found that the nanoparticles in tattoo ink are so small they can penetrate through the skin layers and into the bloodstream. These particles have potential toxic effects in the brain, cause nerve damage and may even be carcinogenic.

Are people with tattoos more narcissistic? ›

In particular, the recurrent dysfunctional traits are anxious, phobic, obsessive, somatic and bipolar in subjects with less than 25% of the body surface covered by tattoos, while borderline, narcissistic, antisocial, sadistic and masochistic traits are more frequent in subjects with more than 26% of the body surface ...

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