There is growing affinity of urban Indians to body tattoos. Popular in Indian youth during the early phase were abstract symbolic designs. With changing trends, there is a clear shift in preference from the roses and barbed wire designs to more spiritual forms of deities, symbols of deities, or religious verses from holy books are inked. Realistic depiction of portraits and use of watercolours is the buzz in the world of body art form. The rising trend of using spiritual tattoos as a reflection of one’s faith and ideology is immensely popular with millennials.

Tattoos are an extension of a person’s expressions and have a profound spiritual effect on the individual getting tattooed. The connection between the tattoo and the individual elicits emotions rather than the tattoo design.

In the past few years, Bollywood celebrities like Ajay Devgn and Esha Deol are embracing inking spiritual tattoos. While Ajay sports a Lord Shiv tattoo on his left pectorals, Esha flaunts her Om tattoo on the back. Not only Bollywood, but Hollywood celebrity Angelina Jolie has also tattooed a famous Buddhist prayer on her left arm. What started as a tattoo statement by the celebrities is now adopted by the youth of India in a spiritual form of their preferred body art.

While the tattoo design itself has no spiritual or magical powers, they seem to invoke a sense of consciousness and spiritual feelings in both the person tattooed and the tattoo artist. Nikhil Bhanushali of Ace Tattooz says “Spiritual tattoos have been trending in India for some time now. Designing and carving a tattoo for our clients in it is a very enriching experience for both us and the client. The kind of vibe one feels after getting inked is very positive and stays in their subconscious mind. I firmly believe in the quote You do not choose your tattoo, your tattoo chooses you. Keeping that in mind, we make sure to personalize each design so as to meet the client’s expectations.” Ace tattooz are the artistic genius behind renowned Bollywood choreographer Remo Dsouza’s spiritual tattoos.

Truly said, there are cultures where tattoos are carved with ongoing religious rituals. Themes of positivity, energies, and balance are often tattooed or included as a part of the tattoo. Whether these have any effect on the tattoo itself is debated, one cannot negate the emotions invoked upon glancing at the magnificent body art.

While trends in tattoos are unconventional considering the permanency of the body art, certain designs convey everlasting meaning. Revitalizing symbols like Om, Hand of Hamsa and Lotus may indicate an expression of the spiritual word. Some designs are more commonly sought after. So if you want a spiritual tattoo for yourself, you can definitely have a look at our work.