Dotwork om tattoo with black circular ornament around

Om Tattoo Meaning And Ideas For Spiritually Minded People

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Om tattoo (ॐ) is a design which popularity has been getting more and more attention lately. It is a sacred symbol and sound of Hindu and Buddhist cultures. The trend of tattooing the Om symbol only rose in the past few years when many people started to take an interest in Buddhism. Like any other tattoo, it is a visual form of art, but it also carries a deep symbolical meaning.

Simple black piece on the back
A simple black piece on the back
Blackwork mandala and om tattoo
Blackwork mandala and om tattoo
Om with the buddhas face
Om with the Buddha’s face

There are lots of tattoos that people get just because they are visually beautiful. And that’s completely okay. But, when we’re talking about the tattoos of religious symbols, we can’t ignore their meaning. We’re not saying that you have to be a Buddhist to get an Om tattoo. If you’re interested in Buddhism you probably already know its meaning, and you can scroll down to the tattoo gallery. But if you’re not familiar with the Om symbol, we invite you to keep reading and learn more about this beautiful tattoo.

Dotwork om tattoo with black circular ornament around
Dot-work om tattoo with black circular ornament around
Negative space dotwork om tattoon the wrist
Another negative space dot-work om tattoo on the wrist

Om in Hinduism and Buddhism

What does it mean? Well, it is complicated to describe precisely. Although many scientists and researchers tried to explain it, only a small part of it is understandable for those who are not practicing Hinduism or Buddhism. The only accurate way to understand the Om is through meditation and mantra’s chanting.

Black and red om tattoo on the right wrist
Black and red om tattoo on the right wrist
Buddha om
Buddha om

Om is an essential symbol in Hindu culture. It is the most sacred mantras in Dharma which doesn’t translate in one word, but it means the unity with the supreme and combines the spiritual world with the physical. In Hinduism, Om represents Braham (a divinity without a body, a supreme spirit) and Atman (soul). According to the Hinduism, everything arose from the vibrations of the Om sound. It is a symbol that has every living thing and every material inside it. In other words, it represents the universe.

Om and sun tattoo on the foot
Om and sun tattoo on the foot
Black dotwork lotus flower and om tattoo on the left thigh
Black dot-work lotus flower and om tattoo on the left thigh

Also, Hindus believe that Om protects them against the mistakes and while meditating, it brings spiritual freedom. A well-known Hindu tradition is to mark every newborn child with an Om symbol on their tongue with honey. During the meditation, monks use the Om sound like a mantra. With a correct intonation, they create a vibration which tunes with the cosmic oscillation and connects them with the whole universe. When chanting the Om mantra, one must feel joy, happiness, and harmony if he or she wants to reach the center of the soul (Atman).

Black and grey lotus flower and om tattoo on the forearm
Black and grey Lotus flower and om tattoo on the forearm
Pure black om and lotus flower tattoos on the wrists
Pure black om and lotus flower tattoos on the wrists

The meaning of Om symbol parts

The sign of Om consists of three curves, a semicircle, and a dot. Curves symbolize the states of human consciousness. The lower curve is facing upwards, and it represents our wakefulness. The upper curve stands for the state of the deep sleep without dreaming, while the middle curve represents our dreams and desires. Finally, there is a crescent moon (Turiya) and the dot (Bindu) on top. Turiya is a state of restful alertness, while the Bindu symbolizes the transcendental state.

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Om symbol
  • First, the lower part represents our wakefulness in which the mind perceives the world through the five senses, and it is the most common of all conscious states of human beings.
  • Since it is between two other elements, the second part on the right side is the intermediate state. It is the state of dreaming that happens between the deep sleep and awakening part.
  • Next, the third upper part is the unconscious deep-sleep state when we are neither dreaming nor awakening.
  • The fourth part (the dot) represents the silence. It is a state of mental peace, stillness, and harmony.
  • And finally, the fifth part (the crescent moon) is a barrier that prevents us from getting off the three states of consciousness. Although it is challenging to go to the fourth dimension, this final part doesn’t touch it, so we can still reach it if we try very hard.
Negative space dotwork piece on the outer forearm
Another negative space dot-work piece on the outer forearm
Hamsa hand and om tattoo on the left inner ankle
Hamsa hand and om tattoo on the left inner ankle

Om tattoo meaning

So, no matter whether you consider yourself a Buddhist or a Hindu – om is a perfect choice for you. It represents everything that exists in our universe. Om is the first sound that ever appeared, and everything came from it. So, apart from all its religious meanings, a tattoo of Om can also be a mark of the newborn child.

Dotwork negative space om tattoo
Dot-work negative space om tattoo
Mandala and om sternum tattoo
Mandala and om sternum tattoo

Hindus also believe that every language arose from Om symbol. It represents a sound that makes other sounds appear from it. Buddhist monks use this sound to reach a state of supreme meditation. So, a tattoo of Om symbol can also express your wish to enter the state of absolute harmony and inner peace. It can be like a guideline for your life.

Blackwork om tattoo with floral ornaments
Blackwork om tattoo with floral ornaments
Om tattoo with a cosmic background
Om tattoo with a cosmic background

Last but not least – it can be a reminder that your life is short, and you have to live it right. Maybe you want to achieve something or to follow a lifelong dream? This symbol will always help you to remember what is most important for you.

Ornamental om tattoo on the upper back
Ornamental om tattoo on the upper back
Black negative space om tattoo on the left hand
Another black negative space om tattoo on the left hand

Om tattoo Ideas

Usually, people choose the simplest version of black and grey ink. This ‘trend’ probably comes from the fact that Om is a powerful symbol itself and it doesn’t need any additional elements or ornaments.

Little black om on the middle finger
Little black om on the middle finger

However, others choose other elements together with the Om symbol. For example a circle, mandala, or a sun surrounding it. Also, in the background of the Lotus flower. Another great way of Om decoration is cosmic background as it relates to the Unity with the whole universe and cosmos.

Om and lotus flower on the wrist
Om and lotus flower on the wrist

Om is a lovely symbol full of meanings. And you don’t need to be a practicing Buddhist or Hindu – if you like the concept of Om that’s a perfect reason to get it. We have gathered some beautiful om tattoos that will inspire you. Take a look at them and let us know in the comments whether you find your dream tattoo!

Stylized om tattoo on the arm
Stylized om tattoo on the arm
Tiny white om on the inner wrist
Tiny white om on the inner wrist
Om symbol on the back of the neck
Om symbol on the back of the neck
Micro black om on the finger
Micro black om on the finger
Om symbol in the lotus flower on the back
Om symbol in the lotus flower on the back
Perfect negative space dotwork om tattoo on the bicep
Another perfect negative space dot-work om tattoo on the bicep
Om in sun tattoo on the right shoulder
Om in sun tattoo on the right shoulder
Watercolor brush paint om tattoo on the forearm
A watercolor brush paint stroke om tattoo on the forearm
Small om tattoo on the wrist
Another small om tattoo on the wrist
Om tattoo on the inner foot
Om tattoo on the inner foot
Small matching om tattoo on both hands
Small matching om tattoo on both hands
Delicate mandala and om tattoo on the inner forearm
Delicate mandala and om tattoo on the inner forearm
Colorful om tattoo on the back of the neck
Colorful om tattoo on the back of the neck
Awesome piece on the collarbone
Another excellent piece on the collarbone
White om tattoo on the back of the neck
White om tattoo on the neck
Matching om wrist tattoos
Matching om wrist tattoos
Blue and black om wrist tattoo
Blue and black om wrist tattoo
Circular om and mountains tattoo on the right shoulder blade
Circular om and mountains tattoo on the right shoulder blade
Om mandala on the left shin
Om mandala on the left shin
Black ornamental om tattoo on the chest
Another black ornamental om tattoo on the chest
Outline flower and om on the back of the neck
Outline flower and om on the back of the neck
Om Tattoo Meaning And Ideas For Spiritually Minded People
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