50 Mandala Tattoo Design Ideas

The secret behind the beautiful and enchanting Mandala

You may have seen a type of tattoo that that looks elaborate and is usually in a circular design. What are they? Why do they look so beautiful? When you look at them longer they seem to tell you a story woven and interlocked with each shape and curve, they are intricately shaped and interlaced with each other forming pretty flower shapes and a dark skull figure. The design has become enchanting and enthralling at the same time.

What are these creations called?

They are the Mandala Tattoos.

The Mandalas are what you call as sacred circle designs that are actually used in religion and culture, particularly ceremonies. You can find them in meditation rooms as well as prayer rooms and churches. They are a symbol of eternal love and spiritual claim. They are not simply objects that were made for fashion or trend, but they actually have a deep rooted cultural and religious significance which makes the tattoo and the design overall interesting. You can even find Mandala tattoos in full color that denote a balanced life and a spiritual calling.

What makes up the Mandala

The defining look of the Mandala is its circular shape. Its influence is from Hindu and Buddhist religion which are expressed most of the time using sand art. The monks use sand which was dyed in order to create beautiful and intricate Mandalas. This is why the design has become popular in tattoos because it has a permanent place to stay in and be seen by a lot of people. Owing to the fact that not most people can see sand art or artifacts from the Hindu and Buddhist temples, believers can now have Mandala tattoos which they can carry with them anywhere.

Colorful Mandala tattoos can be easily transferred unto the skin for a more cheery and artistic flair. Owing to the circular shape, these types of tattoos they tend to look better on parts of the body which are flat; the chest and the back. These parts of the body better display the design of the tattoo which your eyes can follow along to easily. The area around the shoulder blades which is flat is also a good location for the tattoo. The trouble with the rest of the body parts is that they have too much curves and disrupt the circular shape.

What makes this tattoo stand out is that the patterns are very unique and lively looking. You can never seem to look away when you see them. The usual colors of the tattoo attract most people who are spiritual by nature, lead Gothic lifestyles and the likes.

Designing the Mandala

When creating the Mandala design, they are usually drawn from the inner circle up to the outwards. The trademark of the Mandala designs is that they form a flower look. They are in circle shapes with all sorts of symbolism that can denote to femininity, spirituality, life, eternity, religion and so on. There are many meanings behind the flowers and they can range from rebirth, blossoming, creation and giving life to a certain or specific ideal.

The patterns and colors of the tattoo are highly based on making a floral effect. The Mandalas are also known to be referred to as the flowers of life. They are born, blossom and grow through life as time passes. Usually the inner part of the flowers is lighter in color to draw in more attention and highlight.

Behind Mandala Tattoos

Mandala means circle in Sanskrit. The main driving points of these tattoos are the circle designs. You can find some subtle triangle or square drawings but the circle overpowers them. Owing to the fact that the measurement of the circle from the center to all its edges is the same, it gives the symbolic meaning that everything is equal or in balance. The symbols created within the circle are believed to be given equal balance or importance of the person who has the tattoo.

Most of the time the Mandala tattoos use honey combs and honey bees for the design. They are used as the symbol pertaining to the circle of life. Why bees? They are there to symbolize femininity, care and fertility. The honey on the other hand is the elixir of life; it is the meaning and the beauty of living. Honey is made by bees and it is of beautiful golden color collected from the flowers. The collection process shows the honeycomb which in turn means that everything in life is related and connected with each other. It also means that no man is an island and that in everything we do; we connect and interlock with the lives of other people.

Mandala tattoos are truly beautiful and it will be a great choice to get one if you have the same beliefs that the designs signify. Bear in mind that the design on your tattoo should be something that you stand for. Always make sure that you know very well what your tattoo is for and what it means for your life.

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Mandala back tattoo

Beautiful black mandala tattoo. The intricate designs inside the circle shape tell you of infinite meanings and stories about the person donning the tattoo.

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Mandala back tattoo

A wider range of mandala tattoos in black. They are best seen in black ink and incorporate well detailed designs inside the circle as well as some minor details outside.

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Mandala with skull full sleeve tattoo

Black mandala tattoo on the arm. This tattoo adds a skull detail unto the regular flower design of the mandala. The skull is also one of the most popular details that come with the mandala designs.

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Manala full back tattoo

A wide mandala tattoo design encompassing the entire back of the person. One of the best places to ink the mandala design is on flat spaces of the body so the back a pretty popular place for it to be on.

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Mandala tattoo

Back and shoulder mandala tattoo. In whatever part of the body the tattoo will be inked, it is important that it can show the perfect circle shape as it is essential to the tattoo’s meaning.

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Mandala and flower sleeve tattoo for man

An arm mandala tattoo. This mandala design is in colored ink and is drawn on the side of the arms. The colors are often light and bright symbolizing life and progress.

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Mandala full sleeve tattoo

Enthralling mandala tattoo in black, the details that the tattoo dons is simply stunning and beautiful to look at.

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Mandala hand tattoo

Small but pretty mandala tattoo on the hands. Mandala tattoos do not need to be huge when you get them. Even smaller and simple ones as this can convey the meaning of the tattoo perfectly.

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Mandala and flower thigh tattoo

Compact and beautiful black and white mandala tattoos. The tattoos tell a lot about the person’s life, the pretty designs inside it are the explanation of how a person values his life.

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Mandala back tattoo for women

A rare diamond shaped black mandala tattoo. Even though most mandala tattoos are in circle shape, there are also those with diamond shapes if it fits the details and the meaning behind it.

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Mandala and rose sleeve tattoo

Amazing mandala rose sleeve tattoo. Another version of the mandala tattoo that engulfs the entire arm and decorates it with lovely flowers all the way to the upper arm.

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Mandala back tattoo for women

Crown shaped mandala tattoo in black. The best place for the mandala tattoo is on the back because of the flat shape it offers making it easier to draw the shapes.

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Mandala back tattoo

Minimalist back mandala tattoo. Inked in black and decorated only on the circular part of the flower shape, the overall image displays elegance and beauty.

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Mandala back tattoo in perfect circle. The tattoo has the flower enclosed in a tight circle with more intricate details drawn in the free spaces that the petals do not touch.

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Mandala forearm tattoo

Creatively inked mandala forearm tattoo. Mandalas are popular for conveying balance and symmetry and this tattoo style perfectly captures that illusion.

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Mandala back tattoo

Another mandala back tattoo that doesn’t create a circle shape. Depending on the design, mandala tattoos can vary and one design is not perfectly the same as the other designs giving you’re a sense of uniqueness.

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Mandala back tattoo

A humble looking mandala back tattoo in black. Simple yet very pretty to look at. Very well detailed, neat and tide to look at as well.

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Mandala chest tattoo

Gorgeous looking black mandala tattoo. This style fills the person’s chest and arms creating an illusion of a group of mandalas as his medals.

Mandala dreamcatcher tattoo

Stunning mandala tattoo posing as a web catcher. Beautifully done and perfect from every angle.

Mandala ear tattoo

Mandala ear tattoo

Unique mandala ear tattoo. Imagine having permanent and beautiful earrings. A rather out of the box and artistic depiction of mandalas.

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Mandala foot tattoo by aireelle

Alluring mandala foot tattoos. Designed as separate from each foot but still in complete symmetry when joined together perfectly depicts the meaning behind mandalas.

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Mandala forearm tattoo

A grand looking mandala forearm tattoo. The impact that the tattoo gives to onlookers is amazing and you can’t help but stare deeper into the details and into the circle.

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Mandala full sleeve tattoo for man

Mandala full sleeve tattoo. Perfect for those who want an arm filled with beautiful mandala designs. With each petal and honeycomb portrayed in the design, the tattoo just simply looks more and more enchanting.

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Mandala foot tattoo

A really pretty mandala foot tattoo. This tattoo is done in colored ink and as you can see, bright colors have been used to create a positive and bright aura from the mandala.

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Mandala half sleeve tattoo for man

Marvelous looking mandala half sleeve tattoo. For those who love their mandala tattoos on their upper arms for easier covering, this might be the perfect design for you.

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Mandala half sleeve tattoo

Another attractive looking half sleeve mandala tattoo. Eve in black and white the middle part of the inner circle is highlighted in a brighter shade to denote positivity and importance in a person’s life.

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Beautiful mandala forearm tattoo. It almost seems like the arms have sprouted pretty flowers on its own and have ascended unto the arms.

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Square shaped mandala tattoo at the base of the neck. Another mandala tattoo which deviates from the common flower shaped tattoo yet still looks as amazing.

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Mandala nack tattoo

Wonderful looking mandala neck tattoo. The tattoo hugs begins from the base of the neck and stretches out to hug the back,

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Mandala nack tattoo

One more version of a mandala neck tattoo that fills the entire back neck beautifully. The details draw surrounding the main flower design is simply astounding.

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Mandala quarter tattoo

Amazing quarter mandala tattoo on the arms. The tattoo shows 3D pentagon shaped object hovering above the mandala flower design which looks absolutely beautiful and ethereal.

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Simple and beautiful shoulder mandala tattoo. The shoulders are another popular place where mandalas are inked because of the flat space and that you can show off the tattoo with almost any type of clothing on.

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Mandala shoulder tattoo

Well detailed shoulder mandala tattoo. Mandalas carry the concept of balance which is why the designs on each side are always the same and complementing on the other side.

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Mandala sleeve tattoo for man

Magnificent looking shoulder mandala tattoo. You can see a giant bee hovering above the flowers conveying that the bee is ready to collect the honey from the flowers which signifies the force of life.

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Mandala sleeve tattoo

Compact and wonderful looking mandala sleeve tattoo. The flower details are drawn so carefully that they look almost real like in perspective.

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Mandala sleeve tattoo

Mandala sleeve tattoo that simply looks amazing. You can see the amount of details into the tattoo and how the centerpiece of the flower dispels all the patterns as it grabs the attention.

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Mandala sleeve tattoo

A colored mandala sleeve tattoo. The tattoo shows the flower being set on the center as it is surrounded by patterns and honeycombs that signify relationships and connections of a person in his life.

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Mandala back tattoo. Beautiful tattoo of a mandala flower at the back showing a hollowed center with all the patterns and shapes encircling the middle.

Mandala thigh tattoo

Mandala thigh tattoo. A very pretty mandala flower shown to be blossoming at its height. This conveys the meaning of rising up in life and progressing through the challenges that one encounters everyday.

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Mandala sleeve tattoo

Mandala sleeve tattoo showing two flowers connected by a single fiber. The flowers contain a person’s spirituality and beliefs.

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mandala thigh tattoo

Amazing well details mandala arm tattoo. You can easily lose yourself into the intricate details drawn into the flowers of the mandala tattoo.

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Mandala with skull full sleeve tattoo for men

Full sleeved mandala tattoo. The tattoo is composed with the iconic circular flowers as well as the popular skull symbols with the design of an eye seemingly looking over the entire detail.

wolf mandala tattoo

A colorful mandala tattoo on the sleeve. The tattoo consists of red roses, a wolf’s face and classic mandala flowers above, all in shades of bright red and gray.

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3D Mandala chest tattoo

Amazing mandala chest tattoo in full color. With the bright shades, the details of just the flower seem to jump out and enthrall you.

Beautiful Mandala Forearm Tattoo

A very cute looking mandala arm tattoo. Simple and very neatly detailed. The beauty of the mandala tattoo is that it conveys a lot of meaning despite its shape.

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Colored mandala tattoo

Mandala arm tattoo in full color. The gorgeous blue and maze color combination on the tattoo makes it stand out even more.

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Colorfull mandala by meatshop tattoo

A bright and colorful arm mandala tattoo. More bright colors used on the tattoo making it look vibrant in blue and orange color combination.

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Cool mandala leg tattoo

Breathtaking mandala leg tattoos. Cover your legs in amazing mandala designs in perfect symmetry with each other.


Colorful mandala arm tattoo. Mandala tattoos are often in very brightly colored shades to promote positivity and femininity for women.

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Wonderfully inked mandala shoulder tattoo. This compact and very detailed tattoo is perfect when you want something that says a lot about your way of life and beliefs all in one complicated circle.

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Amazing mandala tattoo on the back. You can simply see the balance and the symmetry implemented on each side of the flower.

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