The mandala is one of my favorite types of tattoos and I bet it is for you too. Instead of simply choosing an image to place on your body, you get to turn your body into a piece of art, with this geometric shape adorning it. Unlike most tattoos, mandala tattoos don’t necessarily mean anything, they are simply pure pieces of art made to adorn your body. That’s why I love mandala tattoos and I’m sure the one you choose will look great on you!
But before you go and get your own mandala tattoo, let us help guide you in choosing the perfect piece of ink. Below we’ll show you the coolest, most stylish mandala tattoos of 2022. You’ll surely be inspired to pick out the perfect design and perfect location to get tattooed on your body.
It’s your tattoo and you can have anything you want. Love turtles?… then why not have a turtle on your bicep. What makes this turtle tattoo so interesting is that it contains a Mandala design. Take note of the lotus flower in the middle which continues to the circular border. Wish they really looked like this in nature.
Although not a typical Mandala tattoo there’s evidence of the characteristic circular shape; here it’s the lotus flower with its fine shading as the central focus. The lotus is precisely centered over the shoulder extending from its upper border onto the arm; the arm serving as the perfect canvas for the suspended jewels. I can even picture the jewels swaying a little from side to side. Don’t worry no one’s grabbing them. Check out that evil eye.
Ok this tattoo really makes a statement. It’s bold done in the Old School style (think Grandpa’s tattoo) with black outlines and a simple color palette. But wait, it’s also a Mandala. Notice the characteristic lotus in the middle of the circular design. And there’s still more. This tattoo is done in the Realistic style but sure you knew that. Hey, you can tell it’s a lotus flower, can’t you?
This cool hand tattoo is a perfect example of expert shading going from black to light gray. The shading gives this Mandala dimension. Here the artist works with only black ink and waters it down or dilutes it to create the varying shades. I love how this Mandala with its characteristic circular shape seems right at home on top of the hand. Doesn’t it look like it was always meant to be there.
This is such a pretty Mandala tattoo. The dots inked along its edges give the appearance of fine lace; a nice touch of the Ornamental style. The leaves add interest as they extend upwards along the arm – but what really adds interest is the ink on the hand and wrist. Only seeing one half of the circular Mandala gives the appearance of fine lace draping over the wrist to frame the hand. Very sophisticated indeed.
This Mandala tattoo design quietly screams “Beautiful”. Enhanced first by its positioning over the hip (beautiful too) and then by its exquisite shading and subtlety of color selection. The Dotwork style is used to shade the Mandala. Here the artist must carefully ink multiple dots while never having any of them touch. A second style of shading is then introduced within the flowers. Here a Whip-Shading style is employed to avoid the creation of any solid lines.
This Mandala tattoo design is truly amazing. Not only are the proportions perfect for this muscular leg but the knee also perfectly supports the central circular portion of the design. The colors used also enhance the masculine feel of the tattoo. Now look closer. The artist employed Dotwork style within the center of the Mandala. Painstakingly dots are inked in close proximity to each other without ever touching – all creating the illusion of a bigger picture. Again perfect for this perfectly masculine-looking leg.
With a lotus flower at its center and a repeating pattern around it, this tattoo has the familiar characteristics of a Mandala. It’s done in the Fine Line style which perfectly syncs with the tattoo’s location. The inner elbow is a soft area which really “calls” for delicate artwork. The use of a lighter contrasting ink to the black further enhances this feeling. So pretty – cradled right into the elbow.
You can see multiple Mandala tattoos joined together to make this bold statement. It actually looks like a Hawaiian lei to me with the contours nicely accentuating this woman’s small waist. (Who’s jealous?) Hula dance anyone?
This is an interesting subject for a Mandala tattoo design. It uncharacteristically includes a portrait as the central focus rather than a lotus although flowers appear in the periphery. Take a closer look and you’ll see that the artist used Dotwork style to shade in the leaves. If you want a big tattoo with these dimensions the thigh is the perfect place. Notice how the tapered design of the tattoo simulates the dimensions of the thigh. In all – a Perfect Fit!
You want drama; well you got it. This large Mandala tattoo design in the Ornamental style certainly makes a statement. Perfectly symmetrical it covers the whole of the back from top to bottom, side to side. Look how beautifully the tattoos over each of the triceps compliment and frame the larger tattoo. They say the whole world’s a stage or better said here – The whole body’s a canvas.
This tattoo has characteristic Mandala features: central lotus flower, fine lines and ornamental elements at the periphery. While most mandala tattoos aren’t consider minimalist, this one’s small stature could fall into the minimal tattoo category. All said and done, it’s Small and Sweet.
Hey, who ever said you have to stick with just one tattoo style? Case in-point; this forearm tattoo that incorporates fine lines, floral and even Mandala styles all together. The focus of the tattoo is the lotus flower Mandala but look there’s more: flowers, leaves, branches – all inked with fine lines. Mixed-up just like life.
They’ll see you coming and then going – once they get a glimpse of this delicate Mandala tattoo. The back of the calf is the perfect location for this long, slender tattoo done in the combined Ornamental and Minimal Styles. All eyes will be following you.
This lotus Mandala adds extra sparkle with its use of the Ornamental style. What’s particularly intriguing is the extension of the tattoo onto the top of the foot and then the toes themselves. A pretty pedicure is nice but made even nicer by the appearance of jeweled toes. Can’t wait to kick off my shoes!
What can I say…this is a beautiful tattoo. The large central lotus flower exclaims who you are; faithful and strong while the central positioning of this tattoo across the back is so dramatic. It’s perfectly framed by the shoulder blades. Adding to that is the use of the Ornamental Style; jewels gracefully dangling onto the back. Lovely.
This Mandala incorporates the Thai unalome which symbolizes life’s journey with its ups and downs. This is characterized by the zig-zagging and looping lines in the center and lower third of the tattoo. The Ornamental style is so effectively used here. This tattoo really makes me think there’s a beautiful jeweled chain running down the back. Bet you see it too.
This half-sleeve Mandala tattoo extending from the elbow to the wrist is awash in lotus blossoms. Mandalas whose origin is in Hinduism and Buddhism often incorporate the lotus flower. Beyond its beauty the lotus is associated with purity, spiritual awakening and faithfulness. Sprouting in muddy waters the lotus survives to blossom into a beautiful flower. This lotus mandala tattoos provides a good lesson to remember: Don’t Give Up!
This woman definitely likes style; from her manicure, to her jewelry and of course to her perfectly positioned finger tattoo. This tattoo’s style and dimensions accentuate the graceful sweep of her thumb and hand. It’s a perfect body art accessory for everyday and everywhere.
The fine black lines and ornamental aspects of this tattoo make it reminiscent of jewels dangling from a crown. This along with the gentle lines and curves eliminate any intimidating aspect often associated with facial tattoos. It’s clear that style definitely imparts meaning to your tattoo.
This Mandala tattoo with its repeating geometric pattern and geometric shapes also incorporates the Realistic style. Tattoos done in the Realistic style typically are portraits or depictions of animals. This style is very difficult and requires considerable skill on the part of the artist. Mastery of fine lines, contrast, shading and 3D work are all required. Here it works; hope he doesn’t bite.
This Mandala tattoo is awesome in so many regards. First it’s perfectly executed from its design, from its smooth uninterrupted lines, to its placement. This piece of body art seems to effortlessly hug the back of the head and back of the neck. So big props to the artist. Can’t forget big props to the client too as the head and neck are notoriously painful areas to have tattooed.
This Mandala tattoo with its repeating circular pattern also incorporates the Thai unalome at its lower portion. In Buddhism, the unalome represents the path to enlightenment as you traverse life’s twists and turns and ups and downs. It’s all part of the journey; hope yours is good.
Ok you’re wondering is this a Mandala or not. Did you know that Mandala is the Sanskrit word for “circle”? Well we do have a circle in this tattoo as well as the typical repeating patterns of Mandalas. So yes this is a Mandala. Here bright pops of color are used rather than the more typical use of just black lines. Looks like a Mandala for a sunny day.
What better place for a big round Mandala. Look how the tattoo’s shape is so uniquely framed by the thigh, even leaving room for the watercolors to drip down the leg. No need to grab a towel though; these splashes of color aren’t going anywhere not even on a hot summer day.
Who needs rings or bracelets when your fingers and hands are adorned with beautiful tattoos. Done in the Ornamental style and including the repeating patterns of Mandalas, this design and its placement lead the eye from above the wrist to the tips of the fingers; here punctuated by an artful manicure. Look familiar? These tattoos are like Mehendi, the ornamental henna body art Indian women get for their wedding day.
Repeating patterns, black lines and a perfect custom fit above the elbow all come together to make this Mandala tattoo so beautiful. With elements of the Ornamental style it’s really the perfect accessory for your little white (or black) dress.
If you want to make a statement, place your Mandala tattoo running from sternum down to your cleavage. There’s no better way to create a focal point on your body. In this case the tattoo is feminine without being overly delicate looking. When fully dressed just a portion of the tattoo is visible. Who wouldn’t want to take a peek to see it all.
Mandala Tattoo: Check as evidenced by the repeating patterns. Full-Sleeve: Check as evidenced by the tattoo extending from hand to shoulder. Bold: Check. But not only Bold but Bold On Steroids! Welcome to Blackwork style where all the ink is delivered in solid planes of black ink. Not your mother’s tattoo.
This beautiful lotus mandala tattoo fits perfectly in the middle of the upper back. The thin black lines make this mandala feel delicate; almost like crystals floating on the skin. Amazingly the tattoo artist didn’t use needles but employed the ancient Thai method of hand-poking. Called bamboo tattoo, sticks rather than needles are used to deliver the ink. Another reason to visit Thailand.
Mandalas mesmerize with their repeating geometric patterns. Stare into them and you can’t help but think about people and places from long ago. In fact Mandalas have their origins in the ancient Sanskrit language of Hinduism and Buddhism. This is a lovely mandala elephant tattoo!
Similar Mandala tattoos can be masculine or feminine. Sometimes it just depends on who’s wearing it; point proven above. The circular piece wraps around this woman’s shoulder and arm literally adorning it. It’s Beautiful; It’s Feminine; It’s What I Want.
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