Religious tattoos are popular among all kinds of people. Most tattoo artists will admit that many people chose tattoos of religious symbols and signs as their first tattoo. While inking your body permanently is prohibited in several religions and many others look at it with judgment yet there is no denying the fact that almost every tattoo lover will have at least one religious symbol inked on their body.
Is it Okay for Religious Person to Get Tattoo?
As a tattoo artist, I have inked religious symbols on people from all walks of life – from Catholic to orthodox to Hindus, Jews, and even Muslims. Yes, Many religions do have strong viewpoints on tattoo art but it never stopped people from getting one.
Your beliefs can belong to any religion or in fact any particular sect to religion but please never forget that respecting other people’s beliefs is equally important. No religion in the world entitles its followers to demerit or ridicule other people’s faith. You can have a tattoo on your body that shows your ideology or religious faith but never pick a design that belittles other people. So it is okay to have a tattoo even if you are a religious man.
Keeping this in mind we have selected here 150+ religious tattoo designs that can be tried by both men and women. Most of these designs are based on Christianity since Cross tattoos are among the most popular design in the world. But we have included tattoos based on Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, and even Judaism. You can base your tattoos on these designs or you can modify and give a unique look of your own.
Religious Tattoos Meanings
Religious tattoos have one common meaning and that is faith in god. Therefore all religious tattoos will symbolize that you are god loving person. Based on the tattoo design there can be few other meanings as well. Some of them are –
Commitment – Getting your body inked is a lifetime commitment. Similarly following any religion in the world is a commitment in its own way. A Religious person has to follow the rules and regulations of their religion. Thus in a way, a religious tattoo symbolizes that you are not afraid to commit.
Positivity – There is a saying that on a sinking ship even the atheists start praying to god. It is indeed true. It is human nature that in dark times a person often hopes for a miracle. Religion gives us that hope and positivity. Sometimes this hope is so strong that a person overcomes the obstacle/ dark phase of their life. A tattoo based on religious signs can also symbolize hope and positivity.
Spirituality – People often consider that religious people are not spiritual. That is not true. Spirituality is also a form of religious practice. Whether you believe in one god or many, you can always showcase your faith in a tattoo design. There are many spiritual symbols from Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism that you can try inking on your body.
Placement for Religious tattoos
Since tattoos based on religious symbols are pure and sacred so it is meaningful to have them on the upper part of the body. There are multiple ways that you can have a religious symbol inked on your body.
You can try a full sleeve tattoo on both arms or just one arm. For this, you have to pick a huge design. Either you can add all the symbols of your religion on the full sleeve design or you can just have a large deity (lord) tattoo on your arm.
If you are not interested in a full arm tattoo then you can try a half sleeve religious tattoo. The upper arm half sleeve will be a good choice but many people also presser the inverted sleeve design where the tattoo is inked on the forearms rather than on the biceps.
You can check out these beautiful designs of religious symbols, lords, and Goddesses for your next design –
Religious Tattoo Ideas
Christianity Religion Tattoo Ideas
Hindu Religious Tattoo Designs
Catholic Tattoo Ideas
Christian Religious Tattoos
Jewish Religious Tattoos
Islam Religious Tattoo ideas
Bible Verse Religious Tattoos
Tattoos in Religion
It is possible that your religion prohibit tattoos totally. Please discuss with your friends and family before getting one if it is prohibited.
Religious Quotes For Tattoos
Praying Hands Tattoos
Your friends and family members can guide you better if you are confused about getting a tattoo. Many orthodox communities bans tattoo art completely. You can probably open up their mind and convince them that it is all in all a praise to the almighty god.
References: Religious Perspective on Tattooing