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50+ Flower of Life Tattoo to Celebrate Life this World Population Day

By Jason Hamilton / July 11, 2020
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Since the World Population Day is nearing, why not celebrate it with a tattoo? One of the designs that we recommend is the flower of life tattoo. But it’s not just because of its name. Let’s take a closer look at it to see why it deserves to be etched on your skin in celebration of World Population Day.

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Getting to Know the Flower of Life Tattoo

The Pattern

At first glance, for those who are not familiar with this pattern, people might think it’s just some kind of a random geometric or mandala pattern because of its repetitive details. Apparently, it’s called the flower of life. For starters, it’s typically made of seven to 19 overlapping circles that are evenly spaced apart from one another. These overlapping circles create images of perfectly symmetrical flowers.

History

The flower of life actually has been a part of many cultures since the old days and they have a lot to tell about this fascinating pattern. The pattern is seen in ancient manuscripts, synagogues, temples, and even art. In fact, the oldest known depictions of this pattern were found in Egypt’s Temple of Osiris, dating back to at least 6,000 years ago, burned or drawn onto the granite with great precision instead of being carved into a rock. Research has concluded that this pattern has been made earlier than 535 BC.

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Even Leonardo da Vinci is familiar with this pattern. Experts say that he studied this and derived the five platonic solids, as well as the Golden Ratio of Phi, from it.

It is also found in some religions. Some even believe that this is where the Tree of Life was derived.

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However, it was only in the 1990s that this pattern was named as the “Flower of Life.”

And today, this pattern is now commonly used for jewelry pieces, décor items, and even tattoos. And speaking of tattoos, in case you’re wondering how you can use this fascinating pattern for a body art, you’ve come to the right place as we can give you some ideas for that.

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The Flower of Life as Tattoo and its Meaning

When the flower of life finally made its way into the world of body art, it received lots of love. And even today, it is one of the popular designs for tattoos. But what does this pattern represent?

For many people, they believe that the flower of life represents the cycle of creation. It illustrates how all life comes from one source in which the circle in the middle of the pattern represents.

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Aside from its meaning, it is also a popular pattern for many tattoo enthusiasts because of its aesthetics. In addition to that, this pattern is one of the versatile symbols out there that you can pair with nearly every tattoo design. In case you’re wondering how you can design or tattoo this pattern on your skin, here are the designs and combinations that we can suggest.

Simple and/or Small

If you want to keep it plain and simple, go for it. Even without other tattoo symbols, it can still stand on its own and will still be a perfect tattoo for everyone. You can also adjust its size and make it smaller if you want to go for a more minimalist tattoo. Here are some ideas on how you can keep it simple yet striking.

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A simple back tattoo of a flower of life

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This flower of life is etched on the right ankle

A side boob tattoo of a flower of life

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Matching wrist tattoos of the flower of life

A unique white ink tattoo of the flower of life

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A flower of life tattooed on the right leg

This one is inked on the left shoulder

A sternum tattoo of the flower of life

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This one is placed just above the elbow

A flower of life etched on the right thigh

Geometric

Flower of life tattoos are already geometric. But added geometric details will not hurt. If you want to give it more oomph, we suggest adding more geometric details to it. Aside from the added aesthetics, it can also give more meaning to the flower of life because even a small circle can be meaningful too.

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Flower of life overlapping geometric tattoos

A geometric flower of life in white ink

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A forearm dotwork tattoo of the flower of life with geometric details

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A flower of life placed on the forearm

Lotus

The lotus tattoo is a symbol of divine beauty and purity. And it also makes a nice addition to the flower of life tattoos, especially if you want to make it look more feminine and aesthetics. Here are some combinations that we can suggest that we’re sure you’ll love.

A flower of life paired with lotus flower tattoos

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A flower of life on top of a lotus tattoo

A colored lotus tattoo with flower of life

A lotus tattoo overlapping a flower of life pattern

Yin Yang

Yin yang tattoo is also a classic that can fit almost any tattoo design too. This tattoo also embodies the balance of good and evil which is also present in life, making it yet another quality that makes it a perfect pair for the flower of life pattern.

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This tattoo has the yin-yang tattoo at its center

A flower of life overlapping with a yin-yang tattoo placed on the left arm

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A yin-yang under a flower of life tat

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This one is tattooed on the forearm

Watercolor

If you want the meaning of the flower of life to stay the same yet you want to increase its aesthetics, we suggest that you add some colors to it and maybe even watercolor details. This will surely catch some attention and make your tattoo even lovelier to look at. Here are some ideas on how you can add watercolor details.

A colorful watercolor tattoo of flower of life with daisies

A rib tattoo of a small flower of life with Roman numerals

A flower of life tattoo with galactic details

A rainbow-colored watercolor flower of life with a quote from Socrates that translates to “the unexamined life is not worth living”

Faded

If you’re not into eye-catching vibrant colors, you can also make it look faded. This is probably the unique thing about the flower of life tattoo – you can make it look like it’s faded but will still look good, unlike the other tattoo symbols that lose their aesthetics when their ink fades. If you want to go for this style, here are some ideas on how you can make it look faded.

A fading flower of life paired with heart, ribbon, flower, and anchor tattoo designs

A fading forearm tattoo of the flower of life with mandala details

The flower of life morphed with the tree of life

A fading flower of life tattoo with different symbols

Owl

Flower of life tattoos are so versatile that you can even pair it with an owl tattoo. Aside from the fact that you can blend it with an own tattoo however you want, their meanings match too. The owl is a symbol of wisdom, transition, and knowledge. It is also known as the protector and guardian of the dead that you can also connect with the life that the flower of life tattoos are all about. If you’re into this kind of combination, take a look at these samples.

A three-eyed owl and a flower of life combined with galactic details

A black ink owl dreamcatcher tattoo with the flower of life

An owl with a flower of life pattern on its head and body

An owl tattoo with a flower of life pattern on its body and a galaxy on its eyes

Elephant

The representation of an elephant tattoo for strength and longevity also makes it a nice pair with the flower of life. Take a look at these ideas on how you can combine them for your tattoo.

An elephant with the faded flower of life pattern on its ear

Another elephant with flower of life pattern on ears but this one is morphed with other flowery details

A realistic elephant tattoo paired with the flower of life pattern

An elephant dressed in a flower of life-patterned cloth

Cat

Whether you want to remember a deceased pet or highlight its other meanings like grace, quiet intelligence, mystery, and luck, it also makes a nice addition to the flower of life tattoos. Check out these ideas.

A cat tattoo with a flower of life-patterned moon

An outline tattoo of a cat with mandala and flower of life patterns in the background

Dotwork

The dotwork style doesn’t actually add meaning to tattoos. But it can make your flower of life tattoos look more interesting and jaw-dropping. If you want to opt for this style, check these samples out.

A flower of life with mandala tattoo

a dotwork flower of life placed on the wrist

A forearm tattoo combination of mandala and flower of life patterns

A flower of life that look three-dimensional

A flower of life etched on the neck

An ouroboros tattoo with a dotwork flower of tattoo

 


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About the author

Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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