To make losing weight easier for myself, I’ve set a goal for this summer. And with a goal, comes a reward. This gives me something to work for, something to look out for. So my reward will be… A new tattoo!
Since I already have three tattoos, I’m not sure how many I still want. I don’t want to end up with tattoos all over me. But what I do want is something I can expand, and add new things to.
I’m always looking for inspiration for new tattoos on websites like weheartit, pinterest and so on. But now I found something I really really really like and the more I see it, the more I start loving it.
I’m thinking about a mandala tattoo. A mandala, which means ‘circle’, is a spiritual symbol which is used in both Buddhism and Hinduism. A mandala can be everything, but it’s always drawn with a circle as basic form. Most mandalas are geometric, and all the sides are exactly the same. I like the way how some mandalas look like geometrical flowers.
Though I’m not religious, I’ve always been interested in both Buddhism and Hinduism. Since I’ve been practicing judo for several years, I was into the Japanese culture and everything around it. I especially focused on the wisdom behind Buddhism.
If I will take a tattoo in mandala style, I would like it to have a lotus flower involved. The lotus flower has some special meanings to it. In Buddhism, the lotus flower stands for purity and neatness. My name, Nienke, has the same meaning. Next to that, the lotus flower has another special characteristic. The lotus flower grows from muddy water. It’s very special how a flower with such beauty can grow from such dirty, muddy ground. That’s why for some people the lotus can also mean having faced a hard ‘muddy’ period of time but feeling a better, stronger person afterwards. I can really relate to this meaning as well.
Here are some examples of madala/lotus tattoos I really like.
The first one doesn’t have anything like a flower involved, but I’m amazed by the shape, size and placement of this one.