Best of Lord Shiva Tattoos
Think about religious tattoos and Lord Shiva is perhaps the first thing that clicks. What else could rival his persona! Mahadev Tattoos have taken over the rage in the genre of religious tattoos. It’s been ages since this trend is ongoing and 2019 is no different. Surprisingly, the flair for Lord Shiva tattoo doesn’t just limit to Men. Women also find them pretty appealing and get their own versions of Shiva Tattoo.
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From small symbolic Shiva tattoo designs to full-sleeve tattoos, there has been quite a buzz about Lord Shiva tattoo designs done by Aliens. Shiva Trishul Tattoos, Script and Mantra tattoos like Gayatri Mantra Tattoo, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra Tattoo, Om Tattoos, Rudraksha Tattoos are some elements that are often inked. If you are looking for greatly honoured concepts, Nataraja Tattoo, Shiv Parvati, Shiv Sati, Rage of Lord Shiva, Dancing Shiva, Shiva with the Third Eye are some great ideas. We have incredible great tattoo artists who can turn your ideas into realities.
Why opt for Lord Shiva Tattoos?
Does ‘Shaivism’ play an important element in your life?
If your answer is yes, this is the right place for you! And we’re sure that you’d find something enchanting to tune in to.
Lord Shiva is the representation of the ‘Great God’ or ‘Mahadeva’. He’s one of the Hindu Trinity – Bramha, Vishnu and Mahesh. Shiva is known as the destroyer of evil. The nature of destruction is cyclic in nature as it leads to recreation and then follows the same path time and again. There is a striking contrast in Shiva’s personalities and various avatars. The ‘Mahakaal’ destroys everything and ‘Shankara’ reproduces the same into something new. Lord Shiva is believed to be a unique symbol of masculine and feminine energies as the ‘Ardhanareshwara’ avatar. There is a significant mention of this, as Shiva is said to be inseparable from Shakti – ‘Parvati’. People find strong-rooted emotions in their life with this symbolism and the philosophy of ‘Shaivism’.
The connection of Shiva and meditation invokes the interest towards a permanent recall factor. There are many depictions that signify various aspects of Lord Shiva. Also, when these are attached with a client’s personal experiences it results in mesmerising and memorable tattoos. From Mantras to Poses, Ardhanareshwar to Shiva-Kali tattoos there’s a wide variety that appeals to our clients.
Here are Some interesting Shiva Tattoo design ideas for you!
Lord Shiva Nataraja Tattoo
Trance of Shiva Nataraja Tattoo by Sunny Bhanushali at Aliens Tattoo India. This is undoubtedly one of the best and the most beautiful concept-art tattoo based on Lord Shiva-Nataraja theme made by Sunny.
You can feel the divine calmness and blissful state of Shiva flowing through this tattoo! This tattoo depicts the Nataraja form of Lord Shiva, a cosmic ecstatic dancer, being the source of all the movement in this universe which releases souls of living things from the snare illusion (Maya).
Nicholas, an amazing soul, travelled all the way from California to get this tattoo from Sunny. The aura with which this man walks is just incredible. When he saw this design he just loved it to the core. He extended his stay by a week so that we could finish this tattoo. This tattoo took 3 days to complete, day 1, Sunny designed it and the next 2 days for finishing the tattoo.
Aghorian Mystery Tattoo
The Aghorian Mystery Tattoo by Allan Gois at Goa Tattoo Festival, India.
The world of Aghoris is undoubtedly so mysterious. The myths that come along are even more interesting. But people hardly know anything about their rituals and practices and where it all started.
Aghoris are driven by one simple belief that God exists in everything and thus, nothing in the world is impure. Each of their practices indicate the rules recited by the universe even though they seem extreme. Aghoris believe in true human form, so, are bathed in ashes and no cloth most of the times. Many other practices like this, though considered to be horrifying by us mortals, are sacred to them because of their belief in being real and pure. They are devotees of Lord Shiva and believe in Shaivism.
Check this exorbitant Aghori Tattoo by Allan Gois at Aliens Tattoo India. This particular Aghori Tattoo is really unique because it speaks about a Lady Aghori. The tattoo portrays the control of the Aghori over all five elements of nature though Sadhana.
Gopisvara Lord Shiva Tattoo
Lord Shiva in Vrindavan (Gopisvara Mahadev) tattoo by Sunny Bhanushali at Aliens Tattoo India. The client is a hearty follower of Hindu mythology, specially Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva. He devotes one month every year to the study Bhagavat Gita at Vrindavan, India. He believes his life has transformed spiritually and physically. So this time he wished to have the tattoo of Gopisvara Mahadev, it is one of the 3 rudras of Lord Shiva.
There is a very beautiful story about Gopisvara Mahadev and that is what this tattoo portrays.
The client liked our work on double exposure tattoos and Lord Shiva conceptual tattoos so he was keen on this style for his tattoo. Sameer, our magic illustrator created this amazing concept which portrays the whole story of Gopisvara Mahadev. Sameer is a rockstar at aliens, when it comes to creating illustrations!
When it was time for inking the tattoo, Sunny left no stone unturned to deliver the hyper-realistic portrait tattoo within a long, single, 16-hour session. Isn’t it fabulous?
Lord Shiva-Kali Tattoo
Lord Shiva-Kali Tattoo by Sunny Bhanushali at Aliens tattoo India. Again, this is some rad work by Sunny. The client is from Sweden, follower of Shaivism wished to get a Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali Tattoo on his forearm as a souvenir from India. He was so inspired by Sunny’s work on Hindu religious and mythological tattoos that he decided no tattoo artist would be apt for this work but Sunny.
However, behind this beautiful design lies the hidden artistry of our young magic-man, Sameer. Sameer took almost a week to come up with this amazing tattoo design. This design is a well-planned illustration, the metamorphosis from state of calmness of Lord Shiva to divine rage of Goddess Kali is just flawless. The red drifting strokes beautifully usurp this fusion of states. It is sheer pleasure to keep looking at this tattoo isn’t it?
Sameer has used a few references to build this design - Lord Shiva is the statue of Adi Yogi located at Booluvampatti, India, and the Goddess Kali is derived from the album art for Dan Simmons’ song of Kali. We are immensely gratified to share these amazing art and the artists behind it. Powerful tattoo, yeah?
Lord Shiva-Parvati Tattoo
The contrasting avatars of Lord Shiva – a Tattoo by Sunny Bhanushali at Aliens Tattoo India. Shiva, an entity that has never been understood completely by anyone and will never be understood. The union of Shiv and Sati is even more powerful and their love defines the divine energy, an energy that can make anything and everything possible in the world. They defined the power of love and unity. There has been no power greater than this unified love epic, ever. This tattoo typically attempts to tell a story about the great love, but it wouldn’t be complete if there’s nothing more to it.
Our client wanted some contrasting emotions to be displayed and Sameer worked out this magical illustration. Our Master, Sunny Bhanushali gave a form to this mesmerising concept and brought it to life! Don’t move your eyes until you take in all that’s happening in this one single piece. Lifelike or world-class? You choose…
Exuberance of Lord Shiva
Exuberance of Lord Shiva Tattoo by Sunny Bhanushali at Aliens Tattoo India. Yet another master piece by Sunny. Take a look at the details in this Lord Shiva tattoo, breath-taking realism work portraying the Adi Yogi. Such an exhibition of pure ardour and love for what he does, isn’t it?
His mad style of double exposure, high contrast, super detailed tattoos has become his signature style. This design is an unbelievable fusion of ecstatic elements of Lord Shiva, the universe, planets, Shiva on the pedestal watching over the flow of multiverse, the massive snake luring at his prey, raging humongous clouds circumventing the space-time portals, all of this inside the higher state of Adi-Yogi. The craziest composition you must have ever seen. Our client went bonkers looking at the final output. It was a long, 14-hour session. However, worth every second of it.
The client travelled all the way from Jharkand to get this tattoo from us. He loved Sunny’s past work on Lord Shiva theme and he was keen on getting this ‘Mortal Journey Of Lord Shiva Tattoo’ on his upper arm. We try our best to create new designs for every customer, that’s the speciality at Aliens. So, Sunny worked on a new design based on client’s interests and in no time he came up with this completely new design. AWESOME, isn’t?
Mortal Journey of Lord Shiva
The hexagon at the bottom symbolizes love, truth, harmony, reliability, equality and sincerity. Each of its sides depicts one of these emotions. The contouring lines beside them are used to define edges and create boundaries of the elements in life. The intense figure in the centre is an Aghori, an ascetic Shaiva Sadhu. He is the self-restraint disciple of Lord Shiva and is striving towards attaining enlightenment. And at the top of his head is a figure of the commander himself, Lord Shiva, metaphorically relating to the client’s late brother set on a journey in heaven with peace and harmony.
Double Exposure Meditative Lord Shiva Tattoo
This is one of the best Lord Shiva Tattoos done by Sunny Bhanushali at Aliens Tattoo India. The client was getting a full sleeve tattoo and this was a second session towards it. He wished to have different states of Lord Shiva spanning throughout his arm.
This custom tattoo depicts a meditative state of Lord Shiva and to make it more interesting, Sunny added architecture of the Shiva Mandir at Amarnath. He put around 2 days to create this wonderful double exposure digital art of Lord Shiva, followed by a 14-hour session for completing the tattoo.
There is a myth that men are more inclined towards getting Lord Shiva Tattoos, but it’s not really the case. There are many women who are interested in getting these designs inked on them as well. The outlook towards tattoos is equally shared between men as well as women. These tattoos hold interesting stories and emotions that our clients share with the depiction of a Lord Shiva tattoo.
There’s a range of Lord Shiva Tattoos waiting for you! What is your story? Does your jaw-drop when you see these amazing Lord Shiva tattoos? What’s keeping you from getting inked? Want to get yourself a Shiva Tattoo? Choose any option from the designs mentioned above, or visit our Malad Studio.
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Custom Tattoo Stories
What could rival Lord Shiva’s persona and power. His aura has attracted millions of people from around the world. Getting a tattoo done of Lord Shiva is a matter of great pride in India. Imagine having a beautiful piece of art that symbolised something so powerful and unworldly. At Aliens Tattoos, we have taken our clients’ emotions into consideration and have come with some brilliant Lord Shiva tattoos along the way. At our studio, we do quite a few religious pieces but each Lord Shiva tattoo design signifies him in a different light and brings out a unique attribute of his persona.
Here are some of our best Lord Shiva tattoos that have embellished memories for our clients. Something that they carry with pride and flaunt their faith in Lord Shiva with beautiful designs. These designs were customized to suit the client’s demands. These interesting stories are about people who’ve travelled specially to get the tattoos.
‘Nataraja Pose’ –
The Nataraja pose of Lord Shiva depicts the dancing pose. It literally translates into the King Of Dance. This tattoo has fascinated a lot of our clients and depicts an insane combination towards the male-female unity and abolition of fear. Lord Shiva is also a symbol of music and dance, along with knowledge in contrast to his destructive abilities. This tattoo clearly excites people who are inclined towards various art forms as this tattoo acts as an inspiring force to achieve their dreams.
‘The Meditative Pose’ –
The meditative pose of Lord Shiva commands serenity. The seekers of truth and those who are involved in meditation connect deeply with tattoo. Several different interpretations are possible with this tattoo. Some say, it opens up another dimension in the person’s life, but it might be just another mystery like those connected with Lord Shiva. It can be coupled with beautiful dot-work and mandala art to create fascinating tattoo designs. Clients rejoice this tattoo as it builds a sense of oneness with the divine.
This avatar of Lord Shiva is the combination of masculine and feminine energies. It has a profound meaning as it depicts the attached energies that need to act in harmony to maintain balance. The ultimate depiction of duality and stability, this tattoo symbolizes procreation. It’s a rage for clients who are looking for a realistic tattoo and they’re never disheartened.
‘Aghori Shiva’ –
Aghorism is the symbol of primitiveness, freedom from illusion. They are ascetics who are no more interested in the worldly bonds. It denotes that outer beauty is temporary and inner beauty is immortal. The Aghori Shiva depicts purity and as he faces south it marks the destructive and regenerative element of Lord Shiva. The avatar when Lord Shiva became a wanderer, and abandoned the samsara is an astonishing imagery as an Aghori sadhu. This angry Lord Shiva Tattoo touches clients with a spiritual inclination.
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Symbolic Lord Shiva Tattoos
‘The Trishul’ -
The holy trident is considered to be the primary weapon of Lord Shiva. It is said to have the powers of the Hindu holy trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Lord Shiva himself. The three blades also signify the three gunas – ‘Rajas, Tamas, and Sattva’ as well as ‘Swarga, Bhumi, and Pataal’. He uses it to destroy evil. Clients have a strong inclination towards the ‘Trishul’ as it gives them a strong emotion with a sense of protection.
‘The Third Eye’ –
Lord Shiva is said to have a third eye, which, if opened, has the potential to destroy the whole world. It is said that with the third eye, Lord Shiva is able to see all that is exists in the past, present and the future. A legend suggests that when the world was consumed with darkness, Shiva opened ‘The Third Eye’ and gave out light and energy to the whole world! The Third Eye tattoo invokes a lot of enthusiasm with its strong significance of that which is unseen yet always present.
‘The Dreadlocks’ –
Lord Shiva was also a wanderer. He was an ascetic that roamed the world for long durations of time. He had a rugged, long hair look in the form of dreadlocks. The trend behind this tattoo style is never-ending and keeps clients hooked.
Lord Shiva Mantra Tattoos
‘Maha-Mrityunjaya Mantra’ –
This tattoo is a rage amongst clients who look for peace and eternal solitude. It invokes a feeling of serenity to the client as it is said to conquer death. It comprises of three Sanskrit words – ‘Maha’ meaning great, ‘Mrityun’ meaning death and ‘Jaya’ meaning victory over death. It is said that it helps keep a better mental, emotional and physical health, it also gives longevity and immortality. These benefits attract many clients to get this Shiva Tattoo that signifies a strong meaning. The Mrityunjaya Mantra Tattoo can be inked in various creative styles, using calligraphy, trash style, and can be coupled with Lord Shiva and other elements to provide an appealing look.
‘Om Namah Shivaya’ –
This tattoo is a simple mantra put in a creatively striking way. It means – adoration to Lord Shiva or I bow down to the auspicious one. This mantra is chanted by all the sages and devotees of Lord Shiva to pay homage to the supreme God and creates a stunning look as a tattoo. It demands a significant interest in people who want to keep things simple but meaningful.
Realism and Double Exposure
Realism tattoos or photo realism tattoos are significant for their soft feel and the life-like depth that they portray. Realism produces exact looking photographic images into tattoos and this form of art is highly appreciated in the industry. There are many interesting designs which command the aura of Lord Shiva with a realistic effect.
Double-exposure is a form where designs are furnished out of two different images and merged into one. This effect gives a surreal touch to the tattoos and adds to the awe-factor of the Shiva Tattoos.
These tattoos are specially carved onto the skin with special care. These Shiva Tattoo designs are custom made with the clients requirements to create awe-striking concepts.
Tattoos Symbolising Duality
The combination of Lord Shiva and Goddess Kali is a depiction of rage and anger which is a mesmerising imagery of how one overpowers the other, but yet they are in sync. Such tattoo concepts spark a light in the eye of clients with its staggering look and insightful symbolism. The staggering power of beauty along with destruction in these tattoos is an amazing sight.
The depiction of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is an amazing combo of love and duality. This concept is attractive to many clients and connects with emotions of love. The ones who follow Shaivism hold this duo in high regard. This eternal tattoo design is in high demand when it comes to the youth as well as the elderly.
The Shiva-Sati duo is a symbolism of relentless love, which depicts the strong bond between Sati and Lord Shiva. Sati was the reincarnation of Ardhashakti, and was bound to marry Shiva. This is seen as a specific connection between many couples as they connect with this story as their own. This form of Shiva Tattoo is a popular one amongst tattoo enthusiasts.
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