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Om Tattoo

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Om Tattoo

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Dervived from Hindu origins, Om is a sacred chant and mantra in many religions across the world. Popular as a tattoo symbol, Om is a sound that is often spoken prior to prayer and affirmations. Drawn in a Sanskrit symbol, the word Om can be a wonderful addition to your body art, and can even inspire those around you.

What Does Om Mean?

The word Om, or also Aum, does not have a definitive meaning but is believed to suggest the Absolute. Om is considered to be the first sound ever in the world, although not everyone subscribes to that belief, as it is akin to other ideas such as the Big Bang theory. Because of the complexity of both the origin and meaning, it's better to just say that Om can be chanted to help one reconnect with their own spirit and also the forces within the universe. Because of this Om is often printed on clothing, yoga mats, coffee mugs and other small treasures to help one get in touch with their personal self and surroundings.

Why Should I Get an Om Tattoo?

You do not have to be of particular religion or faith to wear an Om tattoo. Anyone who appreciates this sacred chant would likely enjoy a body art reminder. Because Om is usually chanted three times, you could tattoo three Om symbols, or just keep things simple and tattoo one.

Where Should I Place My Om Tattoo?

Tattoo placement is a fundamental step in body art, regardless of the design. If you decide on an Om tattoo, you'll likely want to place the symbol where you can best appreciate it and devote daily time to the affirmation. The inner wrists, forearm, foot or thigh make splendid choices, especially in movement classes such as yoga or pilates, where you or others can catch a glimpse of the peaceful symbol. Other locations that are best for those behind you to enjoy, include the nape of your neck or on the shoulder blades. Placed in any of these locations, Om will be a visible and significant mark.

Avoid the Tattoo Trends

There are plenty of different emerging tattoo trends. From owl tattoos and feathers to moustaches and Russian nesting dolls, there will always be some new design that captures the attention of the masses. This is especially true for positive symbols that both encourage and inspire. After all, who doesn't need a daily dose of inspiration?

Before you tattoo any symbol or affirmation, ensure that you have clearly explored both the meaning and significance behind it. Sanskrit tattoos are very interesting and unique, one of the many reasons people opt for these popular styles. However, be sure to be authentic to yourself. Unless you truly believe in and practice the meditative aspect of Om, wearing this symbol or any of the sort is not really being definitive to you. Perhaps a different symbol or message would be more powerful? Think long and hard about the road ahead and how an Om symbol will carry into your future. Also consider how you'll likely be explaining the meaning to strangers for a lifetime. If you are OK with that are ready to make the commitment, then Om is for you.

Temporary Om Tattoos

If you've decided you love ancient Sanskrit symbols and can't bear to go without this type of tattoo design, rest assured there are other options to wear for self expression. In addition to a permanent piece of body art, many people consider temporary or henna tattoo options for their Om symbol. This is a unique idea for weddings, Blessingways and even yoga or spiritual conventions and conferences where you may want to express the universal sound without making a permanent mark on your physical body. Conscious Ink is a soulful company on a mission to spread love and happiness with their wide variety of temporary tattoos that are positive and unique. Why not try a few of their artful designs first and then decide if Om is the word your body should bear? You can shop for Conscious Ink temporary tattoos by visiting their website here.

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