Everyone desires for peace, the tranquility of the soul, and of course, balance in their lives. The Yin and Yang symbol or more commonly known in East Asian countries as the Taijitu symbol represents the balance humanity must achieve to reach spiritual peace and enlightenment. Yin yang tattoo designs also aim to represent what the wearer of the tattoo strives for in life. Join us as we explore how this symbol of spiritual balance became one of the most famous East Asian tattoo designs today.
In this article, we will be discussing a brief background on the yin yang tattoo as well as the origins of the yin and yang symbol. We will also be sharing with you the different design variations of this tattoo design as well as the preferences of men and women when it comes to designs and body placement.
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Yin And Yang: The Origins Of The Taijitu Symbol And Its Meaning.
The Yin and Yang symbol has been deeply rooted in ancient Chinese society, beliefs, and customs. One may even dare say that this symbol molded Chinese society into what it is today.
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
In Chinese cosmology, the universe creates itself out of a primary chaos of material energy, organized into the cycles of Yin and Yang and formed into objects and lives. Yin is the receptive and Yang the active principle, seen in all forms of change and difference such as the annual cycle (winter and summer), the landscape (north-facing shade and south-facing brightness), sexual coupling (female and male), the formation of both men and women as characters, and sociopolitical history (disorder and order).
Yin Yang Tattoo Designs
Since the yin and yang symbol has been around for quite some time now and its roots came from the most populous country in the world, various designs have propped up across the globe in the many Chinese communities that dotted cities, towns, and countries across the globe. Though one may see various designs where the Yin and Yang is almost not foreseeable, the concept of the Yin and Yang is still visible.
Here are the various Yin Yang tattoo designs you might want to see for yourself:
Yin Yang Tattoo Couple Designs
Since we have talked about the philosophy of the yin and yang symbol above. The idea of this symbol of “needing one another to exist” has been explored by various couples around the world by making it a couple tattoo as a way to profess their love for one another.
Each would have a half of the yin yang tattoo be inked on their skin and when joined would make the whole symbol. Isn’t it sweet right? If you are curious how couples do their take on the yin yang tattoo, look no further but here as we give you tattoo designs that definitely feature the yin and yang:
A small but elegant couple yin yang tattoo.
A highly detailed couple yin yang tattoo on the thighs.
A simple couple yin yang tattoo on the wrist.
A couple yin yang tattoo on the feet with night sky and sun detailing.
A couple yin yang tattoo disguised as the spirits Tui and La.
An intricately designed and highly detailed couple yin yang tattoo.
A simple couple yin yang tattoo on the forearms.
A couple yin yang tattoo with dream catcher detailing.
An intricate couple yin yang tattoo disguised as feather tattoos.
An intricate and highly detailed artsy couple yin yang tattoo.
Yin Yang Tattoo Brush Strokes Designs
The yin and yang symbol has a close relationship with calligraphy and more specifically, Chinese Calligraphy. Yin and yang symbols are more often seen on calligraphy works in various museums and art exhibits that feature East Asian culture. Which is why this tattoo design was made.
Here are some of the yin yang tattoo designs that heavily features this style:
A highly detailed brush stroke yin yang tattoo.
A purple and black watercolor brush stroke yin yang tattoo.
A colorful watercolor brush stroke yin yang tattoo.
An intricate brush stroke yin and yang tattoo.
A highly detailed and intricately designed brush stroke yin yang tattoo on the chest.
A highly detailed brush stroke yin yang tattoo on the chest.
A simple but elegant brush stroke yin yang tattoo.
A brush stroke yin yang tattoo on the shoulder mimicking a wave.
A highly detailed brush stroke yin yang tattoo design.
A large brush stroke yin yang tattoo on the back.
Watercolor Yin Yang Tattoo Designs
Watercolor tattoos have only been around recently but it has been adapted to a lot of tattoo designs as of the date. Their trademark vibrant color designs have truly captivated the world all over. Couple this design with a beautiful contrasting image of the yin and yang symbol and you will have a tattoo that will definitely rock anyone who sees it.
Here are some of the watercolor yin yang tattoo designs we saw on the internet that you will definitely want to check out:
A colorful and detailed yin yang tattoo.
A detailed watercolor yin yang tattoo.
A cosmic watercolor yin yang tattoo.
A pink, black, and blue watercolor yin yang tattoo.
A blue watercolor yin yang tattoo.
A blue green and black watercolor yin yang tattoo.
A blue and red watercolor yin yang tattoo.
A colorful cosmic watercolor yin yang tattoo.
A colorful and vibrant watercolor yin yang tattoo.
A pink and blue watercolor yin yang yang tattoo.
Creative Yin Yang Tattoo Designs
Creative yin yang tattoo designs encompass a lot of other yin yang tattoo designs that are not included in the other tattoo designs. Most often for this tattoo design, the elements of the yin yang tattoo are incorporated into other objects or tattoo designs to make this one.
One of the rising stars for the creative yin yang tattoo design is the Tui and La design inspired by the Avatar: The Last Airbender series from Nickelodeon. Tui and La are two koi fishes that are the embodiment of the Ocean and Moon Spirits which is also derived from the Yin and Yang or the Taijitu symbol.
Here are some Creative Yin Yang Tattoo Designs which may spark the creative soul within you:
A colorful creative yin yang tattoo.
A creative landscape tattoo as the yin and yang symbol.
A creative yin yang tattoo with dragons.
A creative watercolor tattoo of the yin and yang symbol with the half as a mandala design.
A colorful creative tattoo of the yin yang symbol as fire and ice.
A highly detailed tattoo of Tui and La.
A watercolor tattoo of Tui and La.
A detailed tattoo of Tui and La circling each other.
A detailed tattoo of Tui and La on the leg.
An intricate tattoo of Tui and La with the Fire Nation symbol at the center.
Yin Yang Tattoo For Men
You know what makes yin yang tattoo designs great? They are conceived from the very beginning as a tattoo design for all gender. The symbol itself epitomizes balance and the notion that “one cannot live without the other” which is why this design is the perfect “unisexual” tattoo.
Although we said that this design was unisex from the very start, the first ones who got this tattoo were men and more specifically Chinese men who are members of the triads. Most of these men ink their yin yang tattoo on the shoulder, sleeves, chest, back, or forearm areas of the body.
Here are some yin yang tattoo designs for men that we think you might want to check out:
A geometric yin yang tattoo.
A sun themed yin yang tattoo on the forearm.
A small wrist tattoo of a yin and yang symbol.
A yin yang tattoo on the back.
A yin yang tattoo on the back with a dragon and lion.
Yin Yang Tattoo For Women
Like we said above, the yin yang tattoo was designed to be a tattoo design for all genders. Women will not experience a lack of designs if they decided they want this design on their skin. From the traditional yin yang tattoo to the more complex watercolor yin yang tattoo, yin yang tattoo designs definitely have girls covered.
Women who inked this tattoo design on their skin prefer their tattoo body placement like those of men. They ink this tattoo design on the sleeves, forearm, back, legs, and sternum areas of the body.
Here are some yin yang tattoo designs for women that we absolutely love (and you should too!):
A sun themed yin yang tattoo on the back.
A colorful LGBT rainbow themed yin yang tattoo on the chest.
A flowery yin yang tattoo on the ankles.
A beautiful arm tattoo of an artsy yin yang symbol.
A wonderful Sun themed yin yang tattoo on the back.