Zen Enso Tattoo

 

Zen Enso Tattoo

Zen Enso Tattoo

There are two common symbols for zen enso. One is a brushstroke of a closed circle. The closed circle represents the totality of experience and life. The other is a brushstroke of a circle with one small opening. The open circle represents the imperfection found in all things and suggests to the student to stop striving for perfection and instead to allow the universe to be as it is.

The open circle is a concept that reflects closely with Japanese Zen Buddhism. The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi is that all things are perfect as they are. An analogy is a peasant’s jar, misshapen, chipped and worn through years of daily use. Although it may not be as pleasing visually as a pristine carefully crafted jar, it is said to stimulate the mind and emotions, stimulate the spirit of a person to contemplate the essence of reality. As with everything related to Zen, there is a beautiful simplicity to the traditional enso, both the open and closed versions.

The classic symbol for Zen is the enso. It is known as the circle of enlightenment.

In the sixth century, a text named the Shinhinmei refers to the way of Zen as a circle of vast space, lacking nothing, and nothing in excess. At first glance, the ancient enso zen symbol appears to be nothing more than a circle. But it’s symbolism refers to the beginning and end of all things, the circle of life, and the connectedness of existence.

It is said that in the hands of a Zen master. The power of the enso symbol for zen is released. Helping those who meditate upon it to reach a higher level of consciousness. It is used as a symbol of enlightenment. Zen masters often brush paint an enso for their student to meditate upon. The quality of the brushwork is said to reveal the depth of the master’s enlightenment.

Arrow Tattoo

Arrow Tattoo

Symbolic Meaning of Arrow 

Like all other tattoo designs, the arrow tattoo too has its own symbolic meaning, which needs to be understood before one opts for this tattoo. In the Native American culture, the arrow is considered as the weapon of protection and hunting, which has been used to safeguard one’s family as well as sustain them by making provision of food for them.

In this culture, two crossed arrows also depict friendship, which is the reason why this symbol is a popular tattoo design for a friend.

Though different kinds of arrow tattoo designs stand for different things, the basic meaning of an arrow tattoo is positivity as arrow stands for moving ahead despite being constrained by the bow.

The bow, which stands for struggle in life, pulls one back but the arrow gets itself released from the bow to propel forward and seek better things in life.

In other words, an arrow stands for achievements of one’s goals in life by overcoming all hardships. In the zodiac, a bow and an arrow stand for the astrological sign of Sagittarius. Another meaning associated with the arrow is that it stands for love as in Cupid’s arrow, which made people get attracted towards each other and fall in love.

It is also considered as the symbol of masculinity, strength, power, and sense of direction. It is about moving in only one direction, which is forward, without looking back in life.

Placement of Arrow Tattoo

An arrow tattoo is formed by simple lines done mostly in black, though colors may be used in some cases depending upon the choice of the bearer. Basically, it is the size of the tattoo which determines its placement. A small sized arrow tattoo can be inked on the wrist, ankle or finger, while a medium to bigger one can be done on the side, back, shoulder, chest, arm, thigh or leg. The prolonged shape of this kind of tattoo also makes it ideal to be placed along the spine.

Popular Arrow Tattoo Designs

Arrow tattoos come in different designs, out of which one can choose a design. According to its deeper symbolic meaning as well it’s aesthetic value. Here are some popular arrow tattoo designs:

  • Single Arrow – One of the most widely used arrow tattoo designs is the solitary arrow. Which as in its common symbolism, points towards a direction. Another meaning of a single arrow is protection from the evil and negative forces.
  • Two Arrows – As explained earlier, two arrows which cross each other stand for friendship as per the Native American culture. They can be used as a matching tattoo with one’s best friend. On the other hand, two arrows which point away from each other depict war.
  • Broken Arrow – In contract to arrow depicting war and protection, a broken arrow represents making peace.
  • A Bundle of Arrows – A common arrow tattoo design shows a bundle of multiple arrows, usually five in number. These arrows bundled together to stand for unity and strength, as a single arrow can be broken easily. While it is hard to break a bundle of them.

Some other tattoo designs in arrow tattoos incorporate these arrows with elements.

Like feathersdreamcatcheranchorflowers, diamonds and hearts, each one having its own meaning, an arrow passing through a heart is a commonly seen design which shows broken heart and pain in love. On the other hand, an arrow passing through a diamond signifies courage and positivity.

which takes a person on the path of success in life.

An arrow can also be done along with a compass or Nautical Star for representing direction. Another popular arrow tattoo design feature a bow with an arrow strung on it, ready to be shot.

Arrow tattoos were originally based on Native American tribal life, hundreds of years ago.

The arrow represented an essential tool in hunter-gatherer communities, serving as a weapon in hunting and in war. Though a simple design, this symbol is extremely popular because of the powerful, positive meanings associated with it.

Skull Owl Tattoo

Skull Owl Tattoo

Owl and skull tattoo conveys a strong meaning, and you can ask an artist to make a special design for you so that it is able to summarize a major event in your life. Since tattoo artists enjoy the privileges of freedom of expression, some owl tattoos are embellished with details that were previously impossible to have, as a winged skull, a skull with butterfly wings and body, etc. Tattooists can draw inspired by the preferred theme, and occasion of a person, or by expanding their imagination beyond the physical boundaries of this planet, exploring all possibilities like magic.

What does owl and skull tattoo mean?

Owls are a popular bird, both for its large eyes and its meaning. Owls are very wise animals and lurking at night. The skull is a recurring theme in tattoos. Their appearance creates fear and has many meanings. It can include hanging inside, worms and other aspects, some darker (like pirates skulls) and more graceful. The sugar skull is very popular in Mexico; these particular skulls are used to remember a loved one died. The meaning of an owl and skull tattoo varies. A detail can lead to another meaning. But if these details are taken in a general interpretation, a skull inside owl can mean eternity.

When it comes to popular animal tattoos the owl ranks right with the best.

Owl tattoos are not considered to be a mainstream tattoo, they are very popular tattoo choice for both men and women.

Many of us know that the owl is a symbol of wisdom and education. The same is be said about the owl tattoo. Owl tattoos come in a variety of different styles, colors, and designs. Owls may seem cute but in their own world they are predators and who knows, maybe they can contact the spiritual world? Several cultures believed that the owl would accompany the soul in the afterlife. Some believe if you see an owl in your dreams. Owl tattoos often have a spiritual meaning to the tattoo owner.

A Skull Owl Tattoo can be worn as a way to honor a deceased loved one.

As owls of ancient myths accompanied departed souls to the underworld. Owl tattoo can also have the spiritual meaning of secret knowledge, mysterious wisdom, Learned in the darkness of the night and the land of the dead.