Since the late 2010s, we have been loving our geometric tattoos.
Every few years, an old idea becomes new again.
This is the cycle we live in when it comes to fashion, music, art, and tattoos.
This is especially true in the tattoo world.
We see certain tattoo styles dominate time periods, fade into the background, then resurface with new tattoo techniques and a modern spin.
The latest tattoo trend is no exception.
While there is so much variation within the umbrella term of “geometry,” there is a common look and feel to these tattoos.
Geometric tattoos tend to straddle the line between simple and ornate, bold and delicate.
With geometric tattoos being so hip and fresh, it’s easy to think people became fascinated by simple lines and shapes overnight.
But the truth couldn’t be any further from the case.
Geometric tattoos go all the way back to ancient times, as they have ties to spiritual and religious practices from long ago.
These tattoos were seen as paths to understanding, as each different part of the tattoo holds its own meaning depending on the patterns and shapes used throughout.
They usually have a pattern that is repeated throughout in order to create the desired tattoo image.
Different geometric tattoo shapes have different meanings in nature.
As an example, circle tattoos tend to represent relationships and community.
So what are geometric designs, where did they originate, what do they mean, and what should you consider before getting a geometric tattoo?
Sacred Geometry Tattoos
Through studying geometry and the “rules” of shapes, patterns, angles, volume, etc. a person can start to understand how the world works.
A tangentially related example would be trees and your lungs.
Your bronchioles look really similar to a tree’s branches, and they essentially function the same way.
So when you start to think of how the universe “knows” the correct shapes for different functions, you may start to feel a little bit of groovy interconnectivity with the world around you.
If you decide to get a geometric tattoo of a tree on your rib cage because of this, hey- you’re welcome.
When you look at sacred symbols from different cultures and compare them to geometric tattoos, the similarities start to jump out.
The cool thing about geometric tattoos is they are a way to embrace your appreciation for, say a Mandala tattoo, but do it in your own way.
Mandalas may be outside of your culture, but Venus’s orbit as seen from earth has a similar structure and is something all of us earthlings have in common.
While we’re at it- isn’t it wild how, before we could have known what each planet’s orbit looked like, we were drawing structures that resembled those orbits?
Sacred Geometry Tattoo Designs
In sacred geometry, certain shapes or collections of shapes will have a specific meaning.
It’s worth looking into the specific symbolism behind your sacred geometry tattoo design.
If it’s something that resonates with you and feels appropriate- go ahead.
If not, you may find a different geometry-inspired tattoo design in our gallery below.
You may not be superstitious or “buy into” the concepts behind your tattoo design, but isn’t it nice to have a tattoo that feels exactly right?
Here are a few popular sacred geometry tattoo designs we think you might like.
Flower of Life Tattoos
A flower of life tattoo represents an idea of unity.
As far as we know, the flower of life symbol originated in Egypt.
The symbol is found in the Temple of Osiris, but may also have existed in contexts that were lost in the sands of time.
The flower of life contains many interlocking geometric circles and forms other geometric shapes with those circles.
You can take in the image as a whole, or you can isolate patterns within it.
The interlocking circles resemble the process of cell division, which is fascinating because the flower represents humans coming from the same source.
This idea of oneness is something that ripples outward into many faiths.
It is powerful to remember that each human is made from the same cloth.
Mandala tattoos can take on many different forms.
They are important symbols within Eastern cultures, often used during meditation.
They are circles with symmetrical patterns within, but the contents of those circles can change depending on the intention behind the mandala tattoo.
Because Mandalas exist within a circle, the mandala tattoos represent the same universal oneness as the flower of life.
Meditating on a Mandala is meant to ground and focus a person’s thoughts.
Because each Mandala tattoo has individual shapes and patterns within, it can represent one’s own role within the universal oneness.
Gazing upon a Mandala is said to put a person into a meditative state, and Mandala coloring pages have become popular in the present day as a result.
When getting a Mandala tattoo, consider your color choices in relation to the chakras.
These are energy circles in the body that preside over different areas of life.
You may want to visit a knowledgeable tattoo artist who can design a Mandala tattoo according to your goals.
Metatron’s Cube Tattoos
Metatron’s Cube tattoos are usually worn by devotees to the Kabbalistic way of life.
Metatron is an archangel who appears in many Kabbalistic texts and is said to be a kind of spiritual scribe.
He once walked the earth as a human (Enoch) but ascended to heaven enough times that God appointed him as a powerful angel.
As a scribe, his duties include guarding the secrets of heaven and recording the actions of humans on earth.
The sacred geometrical tattoo design named after this angel is said to be his soul manifested.
A Metatron’s cube contains every geometric tattoo shape, which comes together to create one tattoo image.
This represents the building blocks of every living thing, also known as “platonic solids.”
The Metatron’s cube is born from the flower of life.
A Metatron’s cube tattoo represents finding your power and transforming negative or unwanted energy into positive, productive energy.
Sacred Geometry Tattoo Ideas
Sacred geometrical shapes can look beautiful in tattoo form, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your tattoo design.
Here are some of our favorite sacred geometry tattoo ideas.
- Sleeve Sacred Geometry Tattoos
A sleeve tattoo is a beautiful way to tell a story.
If you want to link several sacred geometry tattoos, or perhaps have the same one cascade across your body on a seemingly endless loop, we love a sleeve for its versatility.
The opportunity for winding shapes in a sleeve tattoo can also be very conducive to the looping concepts in sacred geometry.
- Small Sacred Geometry Tattoos
Some tattoos aren’t for anyone but you.
We love the small tattoo trend because it allows you to have one demure tattoo design, or to build up a beautiful tattoo collection over time.
When choosing a tattoo artist for your small sacred geometry tattoo, be sure to work with someone who understands petite tattoos.
They’ll be able to tell you how much detail you can work with.
What Does Each Geometric Tattoo Shape Symbolize?
When people began to notice how numbers governed the universe, they attached a different meaning to each different geometric shape.
These may not change your mind as far as which shape you decide to showcase with your geometric tattoo, but it may be a cool idea to pick something that resonates with you.
Pyramids and triangle tattoos have associations with the element of flame and represent the harmony between the physical and non-material world.
Cubes and square tattoos are associated with the earth because they are stable, symmetrical structures that sit flat on all sides.
This can be a great tattoo for grounding and feeling a sense of security.
If life feels a bit chaotic for you, a cube or square-shaped tattoo design may invoke some of that stable earth energy.
Circle tattoos are heavily featured in sacred geometry and geometric tattoos.
Circles are satisfying to look at because they are perfectly equal in all directions.
If you have an idea for a very ornate tattoo, keeping it contained within a circle tattoo will bring a sense of balance to even the most intricate tattoo design.
Circles and sphere tattoos represent oneness and feeling whole.
Have you been looking for your missing tattoo piece?
Do you want to connect on a deeper level to the world around you?
Tune into that circle energy.
Geometric Tattoo Styles
There are so many beautiful geometric styles to choose from, it’s hard to know where to begin!
Check out our gallery below and see what speaks to you.
Black-work Geometric Tattoos
When it comes to geometric tattoo patterns, a black-work tattoo design is going to make your tattoo sing.
In a black-work tattoo piece, a stunning contrast is created by switching between saturated black ink and negative space.
The result is something visually striking and, in the case of black-work geometric tattoos, mind-bending.
As you can see, blackwork techniques can be applied to any geometric tattoo design.
You can keep things light and minimal or go wild with dizzying tattoo patterns.
Dot-work Geometric Tattoos
Dot-work tattoo designs are inspired by the post-impressionist pointillism movement in classic art.
In a pointillist tattoo piece, the artist uses tiny dots of varying sizes to create an image.
The dots will be placed either closer together or further apart to create the illusion of depth and shading.
This highly inventive tattoo style can have a dazzling effect on geometric tattoo designs.
Dot-work geometric tattoos can look soft and feminine, or colder and more machine-made.
It’s a versatile tattoo style with a unique look.
Abstract Geometric Tattoos
Geometric tattoo designs are inventive all on their own, but you can push the creativity to the limit with an abstract geometric tattoo.
In these tattoo designs, anything goes.
Abstract tattoos don’t have to follow the same conventions as other tattoo styles.
This either means the tattoo will be a representation of something without literally resembling it, or it may just be a collection of geometric tattoo shapes that are pleasing to look at.
As you can see from our abstract geometric tattoo collection below, there’s no limit to where this tattoo style can take you.
It’s also a nice option for people who feel a bit more private about their tattoos.
Some people want a tattoo with personal meaning, but don’t want everyone to be able to recognize what it is.
An abstract geometric tattoo can be visible to the public while remaining mysterious.
You may get even more questions and comments about your tattoo this way.
Watercolor Geometric Tattoos
As watercolor techniques become more widely known and accepted as part of the tattoo world, tattoo artists are finding new innovative ways to incorporate this effect into their tattoo pieces.
A watercolor tattoo is created by layering “washes” of color for a final result that looks painted on.
The splashy, organic nature of a watercolor tattoo design is an interesting pairing with something solid like a geometric tattoo shape.
The resulting contrast is visually balanced and pleasing, but far from boring.
Do you think watercolor geometric tattoos are for you?
Sketchy Geometric Tattoos
Similar to the watercolor tattoos above, sketchy geometric tattoos have a pleasing visual balance.
A sketchy tattoo style looks just like an artist’s sketch, so it may be “messy” or rough around the edges in a satisfying way.
If you like sketchy-style tattoos but want something that feels a little more orderly, consider a sketchy geometric tattoo.
The precise nature of a geometric tattoo shape has a streamlined look, while the sketchy tattoo style adds interest and dimension.
Also, this is a relatively new style in the world of tattooing, so your ink will stand out in the crowd.
Stick & Poke Geometric Tattoos
Stick and poke tattoos are the original tattoos, and they’ve begun to make a comeback.
With a stick and poke tattoo design, you’ll need to do a lot of research to find the right tattoo artist.
These tattoo techniques can be tricky.
That isn’t to say tattooing with a tattoo machine is easy, it’s just a completely different set of skills.
You’ll want to find someone experienced who can carry out a safe, long-lasting geometric stick and poke tattoo.
In a stick and poke tattoo, the artist manually “pokes” you with a stick that has ink on the end of it.
Sometimes they may use a small mallet-type instrument to drive the tattoo needle through the skin.
The resulting tattoo is made up of many tiny dots and will take longer to apply than a tattoo from an electric machine.
As you can see, stick & poke geometric tattoos can resemble dot-work tattoos.
They are often more minimal tattoo designs, as it can be very time-consuming to make even a small stick & poke tattoo.
Many people will choose this tattoo style because of its historic uses.
Some see the long, sometimes more painful process as a kind of unworldly experience.
If you’ve chosen a geometric tattoo design with symbolic meaning, this slower, more ceremonial application may feel right to you.
Contemporary Geometric Tattoos
Contemporary means that something is of the moment- so what does that mean for contemporary tattoos?
The contemporary tattoo style encapsulates everything that feels fresh and modern.
It’s often a more playful, colorful tattoo design, and shares some techniques in common with abstract tattoos.
Contemporary geometric tattoos may feature geometric takes on a literal subject matter (see geometric Freddie Mercury below), or it may be a collection of visually pleasing images that don’t “mean anything” other than the symbolism those images hold for you
We say- let your freak flag fly, and have fun with your body art.
Geometric Tattoo Designs
Remember that part in Mean Girls when Cady says math is her favorite subject because it’s the same in every language?
That’s what’s kind of cool about geometric tattoos- geometry is universal.
It governs the world around us.
So whether you’re a science nerd, a spiritual type, or just someone who wants a cool tattoo, geometry is there to give you the perfect tattoo design.
If you’re thinking of getting a geometric tattoo but aren’t sure where to start, check out our geometric tattoo gallery for some inspiration!
Geometric Animal Tattoos
Earlier, we spoke a bit about contrast.
It’s not only a satisfying visual but may have a deeper meaning as well.
Many spiritual modalities have an idea of sacred balance.
The most famous example of this is the yin/yang concept.
While it may take years of study to properly grasp yin/yang, here is in a nutshell: The world needs opposing forces to keep on spinning.
Day and night, organic and inorganic, masculine and feminine.
When these traits come together, they complement and complete one another.
One couldn’t exist without the other.
We like to believe that geometric animal tattoos embody this concept in a fresh, customizable way.
The precise nature of a geometric tattoo design is in direct opposition to the lively, instinctual, organic nature of the animal kingdom.
When the two come together to form one piece of tattoo art, it makes for a beautiful result.
- Geometric Fox Tattoos
Fox tattoos are a popular symbol of cleverness, cunning, and virility.
Your personal feelings about foxes may change depending on your experiences with them, but they are generally thought of as very beautiful (and somewhat tricky!) animals.
A geometric fox tattoo is a good choice for someone whose cleverness manifests itself in a logical, mathematical approach to life.
It is also a nice tattoo idea for someone who loves foxes but wants to express it in their own creative way.
- Geometric Lion Tattoos
Lion tattoos represent leadership, regality, and outgoing solar energy.
Many people have a spiritual connection to lions and may choose to express this by combining them with a geometrical tattoo theme.
A lion tattoo is an interesting choice for someone who has recently stepped into a position of power, or who is looking to harness more confidence and self-worth.
When it comes to geometric lion tattoos, it’s a fun idea for someone in architecture or any field where the geometry comes into play.
That said, as with any of our geometric animal tattoos, you may want one of these tattoo designs purely because you enjoy the aesthetic, and that’s OK too.
- Geometric Wolf Tattoos
Another geometric animal tattoo with spiritual connections for many people is the wolf.
A wolf tattoo can represent family, powerful hunting abilities, and a deep connection to the earth.
Wolves are also distant cousins to domesticated dogs, so they are often used to represent the two sides to a person’s psyche: their logical/refined side and the intuitive/wild one.
A geometric wolf tattoo would be well suited to someone who strives for a balance between mystical and scientific thinking.
Because traditional and portrait wolf tattoos are so popular, this is also a fun way to distinguish your wolf tattoo from the pack.
- Geometric Panther Tattoos
Panther tattoos represent power and grace working as one.
They are also seen as mysterious animals because their dark color helps them blend into the night.
This geometric panther tattoo would be an inventive tattoo design for a Black Panther fan.
In the Black Panther movie and comic books, Wakanda is a scientifically advanced civilization with ancient roots and rituals.
This marriage between science and mysticism is reflected in the mysterious panther tattoo and the geometric shapes therein.
A geometric panther tattoo can also be well suited to someone who dedicates themselves to unraveling the mysteries of science, immaterialism, or both.
- Geometric Elephant Tattoos
Elephants have one of the most distinctive silhouettes in the animal kingdom.
Breaking their recognizable shape down to its most basic geometry is an interesting effect.
Elephant tattoos represent strength, power, and wisdom.
But they are also playful animals, and geometric elephant tattoos have a touch of whimsy that represents that.
As elegant and mathematical as geometric shapes are, they also have a childlike quality because of their creative spirit and sometimes simplistic tattoo design.
This suits the elephant, a noble creature that loves to get silly with its pals.
- Geometric Bear Tattoos
Bears are one of the most common animals you’ll find in the tattoo world, and it’s always fun to find an original way to represent them.
Bear tattoos can symbolize strength, fearlessness, and protection.
They also represent family, especially mothers.
A mother bear is known for doing whatever it takes to guard her young.
That is why so many human mothers call themselves “mama bears.”
If you have a connection with bears but aren’t a fan of more literal tattoo designs, geometric bear tattoos are an inventive and beautiful way to pay homage to this brilliant creature
- Geometric Snake Tattoos
Snakes have smooth, slithering motions that feel hypnotic.
The contrast between a snake’s fluidity and more structured geometric tattoo shapes makes for a fascinating visual.
Snake tattoos tend to represent transformation, fertility, and universal life forces.
Because these themes are also present in sacred geometry, a geometric snake tattoo can double down on your intention.
The curving lines of a snake tattoo, with the repeating patterns on its skin, feels almost mandala-like.
It’s also an organic way to incorporate geometry into a tattoo because snakes have patterned scales in nature.
- Geometric Tiger Tattoos
Tigers are fierce predators, and their prowess is often admired by visual artists.
Tiger tattoos are a popular muse because of their striking aesthetic, but also because of what they represent.
Tiger tattoos symbolize power, independence, and raw strength.
They are often worn by people who want to embody those characteristics themselves.
Geometric tiger tattoos highlight the tiger’s signature color and stripes.
It’s a bold take on a traditional tattoo design and, as a bold creature, the tiger deserves this creative homage.
Geometric Insect Tattoos
Below, we’ve highlighted some of the most common geometric insect tattoos we’ve seen in the world of ink.
- Geometric Dragonfly Tattoos
Dragonflies are fascinating creatures.
In spiritual terms, a dragonfly tattoo often represents change and adaptability, especially when in reference to personal growth.
If you’ve recently leveled up in life, a geometric dragonfly tattoo may be for you.
We love how the geometric tattoo motifs accentuate the dragonfly’s natural shape.
It’s something that’s equal parts scientific and artistic, bringing a beautiful balance to this tattoo design
- Geometric Butterfly Tattoos
Butterfly tattoos are a classic tattoo choice, especially for women.
That said, they’re well suited to anyone.
Butterfly tattoos represent transformation.
Have you made a positive change in your life, or are you preparing for one?
We love the hopeful feeling of a butterfly tattoo design.
Geometric butterfly tattoos are a new take on a popular tattoo motif.
Because butterfly tattoos are also a symbol of creativity, they’re a natural match for these artsy tattoo designs.
Geometric Bird Tattoos
Bird tattoos are generally a symbol of freedom, breaking free of convention, and realizing your full potential.
Each of these geometric bird tattoos has an individual meaning within that framework, so there’s bound to be one that’s perfect for you.
- Geometric Eagle Tattoos
Out of all the birds on earth, eagles can soar the very highest.
If you have a tough-as-nails, get rich no matter what attitude, an eagle tattoo would be your perfect fit.
Eagle tattoos also represent freedom because of how high they can soar.
In the US, they are often a symbol of patriotism.
There’s a certain look that’s expected when we talk about eagles in tattoo artwork, and geometric eagle tattoos break that mold.
If you’re a true original, born to stand out and to pursue your freedom, this geometric tattoo design has you written all over it.
- Geometric Hummingbird Tattoos
Maybe you prefer something lighter and more elegant, like these geometric hummingbird tattoos.
Hummingbirds are such interesting little birds.
Their vibrant jewel tones make them interesting to watch, and their wings flap so quickly they appear to vibrate.
A hummingbird can fly in any direction, so a hummingbird tattoo tends to be symbolic of magic and innovation.
Their fast movements also symbolize a joyful spirit and “light” approach to life.
Where do geometric hummingbird tattoos fit into all this?
Well, they’re innovative and playful, just like the hummingbird itself.
Your tattoo artist probably does a lot of hummingbird tattoos, why not bring a new idea to the table and have some fun?
- Geometric Owl Tattoos
Owl tattoos are often symbolic of wisdom and the paranormal.
How fitting, then, to pair them with geometric tattoo motifs.
Geometry is both an intellectual and spiritual pursuit, making it a perfect pairing with this bird of prey.
Geometric owl tattoos are also perfect for highlighting the most interesting features of the owl.
By breaking something down to its most basic tattoo shapes, we’re able to appreciate it more.
Owls have large round eyes, tiny triangular ears, and big barrel-like bodies.
They’re truly fascinating to behold, and these geometric tattoo designs celebrate all of the reasons why.
- Geometric Falcon Tattoos
The noble falcon can represent long-term vision, victory, and protection.
They’re the perfect guides to have around when you’re mapping out your future and taking high risks for high rewards.
In the world of ink, falcon tattoos may not be as popular as eagle tattoos, but they make for an equally beautiful tattoo design.
If you’re looking for a fierce tattoo of a winged beast, but want something less common, consider a falcon tattoo design.
Geometric falcon tattoos add that little extra something to an already interesting choice.
We love these geometric falcon tattoos because it’s ornate yet minimalist, giving it maximum visual appeal.
Geometric Pet Tattoos
In a world where couples are waiting longer to have kids (if at all!), the household pet reigns supreme.
Though pet tattoos have always been popular, it has now become more acceptable for adults to put their love for their pets on display.
As a result, we’re seeing more and more pet portraits as tattoos.
We’re loving all the creative ways people will pay homage to their little friends, and geometric pet tattoos are such a striking choice.
With a geometric pet tattoo, you’re sure to turn heads and collect admirers for your furry friend.
And isn’t that the point?
- Geometric Cat Tattoos
Because of their godly history in ancient Egypt, and the many myths related to this creature, cats are highly mystical animals.
If you want a tattoo that plays up the more elegant qualities of a cat, geometric cat tattoos are an excellent choice.
If you feel like your cat is more than just a pet, this is one of the many ways you can show your loyalty.
- Geometric Paw Tattoos
Is there anything cuter than paw pads? They’re irresistible!
Paw tattoos are a very popular and sweet tattoo design.
Paw tattoos are often done as pet memorial tattoos, but can also just be the symbol of an animal lover.
If you’re looking for something that is both abstract and recognizable, a geometric paw tattoo will strike that balance.
- Geometric Dog Tattoos
There’s so much character in a dog’s face, and that’s true of any breed.
Dog tattoos are usually for a specific pup in your life, but they can also represent loyalty, athleticism, and a sense of play.
Geometric dog tattoos are a nice idea for someone who wants an homage to their pooch but has a minimalist tattoo aesthetic.
Even without many details, these geometric tattoos have a sense of canine character and emotion.
Would you consider this style for your dog tattoo?
Geometric Flower Tattoos
Of course, there will always be florals in the tattoo world.
Flower tattoos are beautiful, each with its own symbolism.
Geometric flower tattoos are a fresh take on the floral concept.
These tattoos can be more abstract, or closer to the real thing.
They’re a nice option for someone who wants a flower tattoo but isn’t into the flowy and feminine look.
- Geometric Rose Tattoos
Roses are such a gorgeous many-petaled flower, and the way they bloom is truly breathtaking.
Rose tattoos often symbolize romance because of how they open and flourish, resembling the “opening” of your heart in a romantic context.
If you’re an unconventional romantic, consider these geometric rose tattoos as a source of inspiration.
Romance doesn’t have to look a certain way, it just has to be meaningful to you and the person you love.
- Geometric Sunflower Tattoos
Sunflowers are such an inspiring plant.
They grow sky-high, reaching their faces to the sun for nourishment, something they also provide to the people who harvest them.
Not only can sunflowers produce many useful edible products, but they can also absorb radioactive waste right out of the ground. Isn’t that fascinating?
As a result, sunflower tattoos often represent hope, immaterialism, transformation, and strength.
We think these geometric sunflower tattoos enhance the natural beauty of sunflowers and make for a truly dazzling tattoo design.
Geometric Nature Tattoos
If you’re an adventurist or someone who’s embraced the “forest bathing” trend, you may be considering a nature tattoo.
As you can see, there’s a geometric nature tattoo for everyone, so you don’t have to worry if realistic portrait tattoos aren’t your thing.
Here are some of our favorite geometric nature tattoos, spotted in the wild.
- Geometric Mountain Tattoos
Mountain tattoos symbolize grace, dignity, and staying calm in times of trouble.
Mountains can be a meditative tattoo symbol because so much happens around them, but they stand still within the chaos.
A mountain tattoo can remind you that life is happening around you rather than “to” you.
You can’t choose what happens, but you can choose how to react.
We love geometric mountain tattoos for their calm simplicity.
This tattoo design is something you can look to when you need to get back to your center.
- Geometric Wave Tattoos
Wave tattoos are so versatile.
They can be gentle and soothing, a bit of athletic fun, or a full-on emergency.
What do waves mean to you?
In tattoo art, they often represent major events or life changes.
If you’ve recently gone through a profound experience, a wave tattoo may be the perfect talisman.
Geometric wave tattoos have a pleasing simplicity to them, bringing a sense of calm to this symbol of epic events.
- Geometric Tree Tattoos
There’s so much more to a tree than meets the eye.
A tree is a life-giving entity, a being that communicates on levels that we’re only just beginning to understand.
There are many belief systems that talk of a “tree of life” as a central concept.
One of these belief systems is Kabbalah, which also has a great deal to do with sacred geometry tattoos.
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate your beliefs and the sacred oneness of the universe, geometric tree tattoos should be an area of interest to you.
You may also just want one because you like trees, plain and simple, and that’s completely fair.
Tree tattoos are for everyone.
Geometric Dark Tattoos
Because of their defiant roots, tattoos often depict macabre images.
There’s something courageous in making people look at unpleasant subjects we regularly avoid.
If you want a tattoo with a little spooky twist, but don’t want to focus on the darker details, this tattoo is a good direction to lean toward.
- Geometric Skull Tattoos
Skull tattoos often represent the universal nature of ending.
It’s the one thing we all have in common.
A skull tattoo is a way of befriending and accepting you’re earthly.
A geometric skull tattoo can take that concept further, incorporating spiritual elements into the tattoo design.
Or it can just look cool, without you having to believe in anything.
Either way, we think this is a striking tattoo choice.
- Geometric Grim Reaper Tattoos
The Reaper is a character who comes for us when our time is up, ready to guide us to the next part of our journey.
Some Grim Reaper tattoos focus on the gruesome details, which can be cool.
But we like this jolly geometric Grim Reaper tattoo.
It has a sense of humor and lightness to it, which can be great allies in a time of loss.
Science Inspired Geometric Tattoos
If you’re a science geek, geometric tattoos are the way to go.
They’re fun to look at, and they can pay homage to the concepts that drew you into the field in the first place.
Here are a few of our favorite science-inspired themes in geometric tattoos:
- Geometric Space Tattoos
Geometry is an important subject in the study of space.
It can help us understand how the planets interact, and even what may lay beyond our current knowledge of space.
Plus, with each planet being a sphere, every space tattoo is already kind of a geometric space tattoo, so why not push the theme one step farther?
Space tattoos can represent scientific exploration, the vastness of the universe, or just an appreciation for the night sky.
- Geometric Light Bulb Tattoos
The invention of the light bulb led to so many other important discoveries.
It’s also used as a symbol for new ideas and cleverness, so it fits right into the science tattoo category.
The geometric light bulb tattoos are a no-brainer when you’re looking for something scientific with high visual interest.
- Geometric Hourglass Tattoos
As you may have guessed, the hourglass tattoo symbolizes the passage of time.
It can serve as a “memento mori”- a reminder of your mortality.
These geometric hourglass tattoos, however, have an abstract quality to them.
This could represent modern ideas about time. Is it truly linear?
Is time travel possible? Does everything exist at once and are there other dimensions?
If these are the questions you like to ask yourself, these geometric hourglass tattoos will suit you perfectly.
Hellenic Mythology Tattoos
Of all the many mythological belief systems throughout time, the Grecian pantheon has to be the most infamous.
Many people choose these deities to guide them through life, often immortalizing their images in tattoo form.
But that means there are many Greek mythology tattoos out there, and you may wonder how to choose an original tattoo design.
Here come geometric Hellenic mythology tattoos, ready to give you some fresh inspiration.
- Geometric Medusa Tattoos
Medusa is an oft-misunderstood figure and has become something of a feminine icon.
Though there are many versions of her tale, the most popular in modern culture is one in which she is responsible for Poiseden’s inability to control himself.
If you want to clear Medusa’s name and set the story straight, consider a geometric Medusa tattoo design that’s sure to turn heads and start conversations.
Medusa tattoos can also represent menacing beauty, because of her ability to turn suitors to stone.
- Geometric Phoenix Tattoos
The phoenix rises from the ashes of its old life, rising to be born anew.
Because the phoenix is such an inspiring tattoo symbol, we’ve seen our share of epic phoenix tattoos.
They’re each beautiful in their own way, but you may be looking for a phoenix that stands out among other tattoo designs.
These geometric phoenix tattoos have all the celebratory spirit of the phoenix, but they take a creative approach with minimalist appeal.
If you’re looking for something minimalist to represent a major life change, let these geometric phoenixes inspire your next tattoo piece.
Nautical Geometric Tattoos
Nautical themes go hand in hand with tattoo art.
Because sailors were some of the first people in America to wear tattoos, many traditional tattoo designs are full of sailor symbolism.
Maybe you want to pay homage to American traditional tattoo history, but put a modern spin on it.
If that’s the case, let these nautical geometric tattoos guide your ship in the right direction.
- Geometric Anchor Tattoos
Anchor tattoos symbolize stability and a sense of safety.
Double down on that stability with a geometric anchor tattoo, and you’re sure to get your point across.
If you have relatives with Navy tattoos, this could be a fun way to continue the legacy with a modern, personal touch.
- Geometric Ship Tattoos
Ship tattoos can symbolize different things to different people, but their overarching theme is “journey.”
It is a symbol that can give you faith during tough times, knowing that even if stormy waters are ahead, you have a seaworthy vessel.
Ships are full of interesting geometric shapes, so geometric ship tattoos can draw out details that may be overshadowed in more detailed tattoo pieces.
- Geometric Compass Tattoos
Compass tattoos represent staying true to your path and having guidance along the way.
This can be a spiritual concept, a reminder to be mentally prepared for the task at hand, or both.
Geometric tattoo designs are well suited to compass tattoos.
It is such an iconic and recognizable figure, it can be well represented with minimal detail required.
- Geometric Octopus Tattoos
Octopuses are revered for their intriguing (possibly alien) ancestry, their advanced intelligence, and the many abilities they have.
Octopus tattoos are popular because their shape gives them the ability to wrap around the curves of your body, giving them a nice sense of flow.
As with the snake tattoo we mentioned earlier, there’s something satisfying about a slithering creature with geometric designs therein.
It makes for an overall balanced tattoo aesthetic that’s satisfying to look at.
- Geometric Lighthouse Tattoos
The lighthouse tattoo is a cheerful symbol for many, even if they’ve never needed to navigate with one.
They pierce the darkness, guiding people home, keeping them safe from the shallow waters and rocky terrain below.
Though we have many modern ways to navigate these days, many lighthouses are still operational.
They’re something that can provide a lot of visual comforts, and are literally a light in the dark.
Geometric lighthouse tattoos are a beautiful way to bring an old-fashioned structure into the 21st century.
- Geometric Jellyfish Tattoos
Jellyfish are another universally flattering tattoo because their shapes are so flowy and versatile.
We’ve provided two examples of geometric jellyfish tattoos below, and they couldn’t be more different.
This just proves how adaptable jellyfish tattoos can be, depending on your reasons for getting one.
Jellyfish tattoos often represent adaptability and going with the flow, due to how easily they float along with the current.
They can also represent someone who looks soft on the outside but has a powerful sting!
Decorative Geometric Tattoos
Geometric tattoos are inherently decorative.
You can be minimalist or busy, but these simple tattoo shapes will always have an ornate quality to them.
These tattoos feel like the perfect balance between simple and decorative.
- Geometric Sun Tattoos
The sun tattoo represents an outgoing, life-giving burst of energy.
We need sunlight to survive, and in many cultures, there are entire festivals dedicated to the “return of the sun” in springtime.
This is a tattoo image of optimism, fertility, and living life to the fullest.
These minimalist geometric sun tattoos say a lot without having too many bells and whistles.
- Geometric Moon Tattoos
The moon is mysterious, ever-changing, and it has a profound effect on the tides.
Some people are physically and mentally affected by the waxing and waning of the moon, something that is still hotly debated between the mystic and scientific communities.
Either way, there’s an intriguing mystery to the moon tattoo, something that’s so familiar and yet so strange.
There are many interesting theories about the dark side of the moon, and what may be lurking there.
Do you want to believe? Pay homage to the silvery mysteries of life with a geometric moon tattoo.
- Geometric Heart Tattoos
Do you wear your heart on your sleeve?
Heart tattoos often represent someone who is very emotional and not afraid to show it.
It’s also a popular tattoo motif for people who study medicine or body-related sciences.
Though it is a popular tattoo, there are so many unique ways to pull off this tattoo design.
In our geometric heart tattoo gallery, you can see how many different ways an artist may approach this idea.
Rest assured, your individuality will shine through.
- Geometric Hamsa Tattoos
The Hamsa, also known as the Hand of Fatima or the Hand of God, is a popular protective tattoo motif.
This Middle-Eastern symbol can be found on clothing, ornaments, wall decors… the list goes on.
It is said to ward off, so some folks choose to carry it with them all the time in tattoo form.
These geometric Hamsa tattoos have an ornate quality, but their symmetry gives them a sense of class and sophistication.
If you live a modern life while following ancient Middle-Eastern traditions, this take on the Hamsa symbol would represent that balance.
- Geometric Arrow Tattoos
Arrows need to be pulled backward to launch forward.
This makes them a popular tattoo symbol for people who’ve experienced the blues and other perceived setbacks.
Sometimes you aren’t moving backward.
You’re actually about to launch into your future with untold momentum.
This is also a popular tattoo for people born under the sign of Sagittarius.
Geometric arrow tattoos have an abstract quality.
They aren’t as literal as other arrow tattoos, making them a nice tattoo option for nonlinear thinkers.
Geometric Tattoo Ideas
Still haven’t found your perfect geometric tattoo?
Now that we’ve gone over some common themes and symbolism, here are a few geometric tattoo ideas for completing the design:
- Simple Geometric Tattoos
You don’t have to use all the building blocks just because they’re there.
Try choosing one or two meaningful tattoo symbols or shapes.
These simple geometric tattoos have plenty of charm, perfect for those who don’t believe in gilding the lily.
- Small Geometric Tattoos
If you’re the subtle type who likes to hide your tattoos for some occasions, or if you want to save room for a collection, these small geometric tattoos are perfect for you.
Which one is your favorite?
- Geometric Tattoo Sleeves
Sleeve tattoos tell a story.
If you’re interested in a repeating tattoo pattern, geometric tattoo sleeves are the perfect opportunity to show it off.
This also allows you to blend more than one shape, giving you a custom geometric tattoo piece.
Matching Geometric Tattoos
Tattoos are more fun when you’re with someone you love, so why not get a set of matching geometric tattoos?
Matching tattoo designs can be mirrored and flipped to create complementary opposites, which can be a powerful tattoo symbol for a cherished bond.
- Feminine Geometric Tattoos
With their rigid and defined shapes, geometric tattoos can sometimes feel more masculine.
But there’s always a way to soften them up without losing their integrity.
These feminine geometric tattoos have a perfect balance between symmetry and flow.
Which of these tattoo designs speak to you?
Geometric Tattoo Placement
- Forearm Geometric Tattoos
- Geometric Tattoos on Chest
- Geometric Tattoos on the Shoulder
Geometric Tattoo Artists
Anyone with an artistic ability can draw a straight line and some shapes, but it takes someone special to make geometry sing.
When looking for the right geometric tattoo artist, consider going through a few portfolios before you find your match.
If you aren’t sure where to look, narrow down your options with our hand-picked list of tattoo artists:
For many, geometry feels kind of abstract, something you won’t spend much time thinking about outside of a textbook.
Geometric tattoos are not only about shapes but also about the math and science behind shapes.
In ancient times, it translates to geo meaning earth, and metron meaning measurement.
Many people attribute the founding of geometry to mathematician Euclid.
Most of the ancient structures we revere today would not have survived without the discovery of geometry.
Understanding the basic principles of length, angles, and the area was essential to building something safe that would last.
Not only does geometry apply to the things we build on earth, but there are also universal principles within geometry that help us understand how our universe functions.
Through the principles of geometry, ancient Egyptians began to figure out how Celestial bodies orbit each other.
Pretty crazy, huh? And you thought geometry class ended with correctly identifying a rhombus.
If you’re someone who just gets tattoos based on something you like the look of, it may not mean much to you at all, and that’s OK!
But the cool thing about geometry (bet you never thought you’d hear that) is how it can bridge the gap between science and holiness.
So maybe your geometric tattoo can help spark a cool conversation between you and your more unworldly family members- or vice versa.