Mandala animal tattoos combine the meaning of mandalas with totem animals; animals that reflect a person’s personality and act as their spiritual guide. Animal totem tattoos have a powerful meaning because of the link between the tattoo wearer and the spiritual nature of that animal. Popular animal totem tattoos include lions, elephants, eagles and owls.
Mandala tattoos are a way for spiritual people to express their love of sacred geometry, balance and peace. Mandalas are often created in a way that resembles the petals of a flower opening and so they are sometimes called Flowers of Life. Tattoo designs that combine mandalas with animal forms often create the idea that as the mandala flower opens, the animal totem grows out of its form.
Tattoo artists like Thomas Hooper, David Hale, Gregorio Marangoni and Dodie are combining these two spiritual elements into their tattoos. Many of these artists, and others, are choosing to texture their designs with a dotwork tattoo style that adds and extra level of visual interest to the design. You can learn more about the meaning of mandala tattoos on rattatattoo.com in The Spiritual Magic of Mandala Tattoos. Find inspiration for your own mandala tattoo here.