In geometric terms, a triangle is a polygon with three sides and three angles. The triangle symbol is a simple one but loaded with deep meanings and seen very frequently in new school tattoo designs. Triangle is used mostly in Geometric or Dotwork tattoo designs, collaborated with single or other details. Before you get a triangle tattoo, its important that you understand the meanings of triangles as they vary from type to type.
- 1 The meaning of Triangle Tattoos
- 1.1 Triangle tattoos represent Holy Trinity
- 1.2 Eye of Providence Tattoo Meanings
- 1.3 Eye of Providence Tattoo Designs
- 1.4 Greek Triangle Tattoo Meanings
- 1.5 Greek Triangle Tattoo Designs
- 1.6 Celtic Triangle tattoo meanings
- 1.7 Celtic Triangle Tattoo Designs
- 1.8 Norse/Viking Triangle Tattoo Meanings
- 1.9 Norse/Viking Triangle Tattoo Designs
- 1.10 Jewish Triangle Tattoo Meanings
- 1.11 Jewish Triangle Tattoo Designs
- 1.12 Triangle Tattoo Meanings by Positioning
- 1.13 3 Triangle Tattoo Meanings
- 1.14 3 Triangle Tattoo Designs
- 1.15 Double Triangle Tattoo Meanings
- 1.16 Double Triangle Tattoo Designs
- 1.17 Matching Triangle Tattoo Meanings
- 1.18 Matching Triangle Tattoo Designs
- 1.19 What is Penrose Triangle Tattoo?
- 1.20 Penrose Triangle Tattoo Designs
- 1.21 Other Triangle Tattoo Designs
- 1.22 Celebrities who have triangle tattoos
The meaning of Triangle Tattoos
Triangle tattoos represent Holy Trinity
Triangle often used to represent Christian faith because it contains three sides and three corners. The father, son and the holy spirit are represented by each point of a triangle. So, for the people of Christian faith, triangle tattoos represent symbol of their faith and symbolize the Holy Trinity. Triangle also represents number three which represents true wisdom and often connected to the ideas of a trinity. Triangle tattoos can also represent other forms of trinities such as:
- Past present and future
- Father, mother and son
- Mind, body and spirit
- Creation, preservation and destruction
- Thought, feeling and emotion
- Maiden, mother and crone
Eye of Providence Tattoo Meanings
Another Christian symbol incorporating triangles is that of the Eye of Providence or the all-seeing eye. This is depicted as an eye inside a triangle and is often surrounded by rays of light. The Eye of Providence is a symbol seen to represent God pays attention to everything we do. Some people get a triangle eye tattoo (Eye inside a triangle) to remind themselves of this no matter where they are in life.
Eye of Providence Tattoo Designs
Greek Triangle Tattoo Meanings
The triangle has a very special meaning in Greek culture. To the Greeks triangle (Delta glyph) symbolizes a doorway to a higher wisdom. The thought was that the combination of two polarities, Thought and Emotion would open up a new doorway to higher wisdom. So, triangle tattoo is very sacred in the Greek culture.
Greek Triangle Tattoo Designs
Celtic Triangle tattoo meanings
In Celtic culture triangle is featured in the form of Triquetra, Triskelion. Triskelion is a trilateral symbol consisting of three interlocking spirals. It is also called the Spiral of Life. The Triskelion symbolizes motion, movement, a journey through life in order to reach the spirituality of pure understanding or enlightenment. The Celts believed the three spirals represents the Celestial world, the Mortal world and the Other world.
Triquetra is also known as Trinity Knot or Celtic Triangle. The symbol represents different meanings in different cultures. People believe that the symbol could be associated with Celt Moon goddess or another Celt goddess called Morrígan. Its very common in Ireland that couples get matching trinity knot tattoos before they get married.
Celtic Triangle Tattoo Designs
Norse/Viking Triangle Tattoo Meanings
The Viking Valknut is a symbol consisting of three interlocked triangles. The Viking warriors used to carry the symbols believing if they died in the battlefield, the Valkyries would take their bodies to Valhalla, the paradise for the Vikings. These three interlocking triangle tattoos symbolize the passage of valor in the beyond.
Norse/Viking Triangle Tattoo Designs
Jewish Triangle Tattoo Meanings
The Star of David is the symbol of Judaism. The star is made of two interlocking symmetrical triangles forming a hexagram. In Hebrew it means the shield of David. The Jewish meaning of the star of David is that this six-sided figure symbolizes that God rules over the universe and protects us from all six directions: north, south, east, west, up, and down with the middle – the hexagram – providing the spiritual dimension.
Jewish Triangle Tattoo Designs
Triangle Tattoo Meanings by Positioning
The meaning of triangle tattoo greatly depends on the orientation of the triangle.
When the triangle is pointing upwards it symbolizes:
- The sun
When the triangle is pointing downwards it symbolizes:
- The moon
3 Triangle Tattoo Meanings
3 Triangle is a Norse symbol called Valknut. It is a symbol of three interlocked triangles. Rather than having one triangle people sometimes have 3 triangles in their tattoos to represent each elements of a trinity individually. There may be some symbolism associated with it but end of the day a tattoo means what you want to mean it.
3 Triangle Tattoo Designs
Double Triangle Tattoo Meanings
You will see in most double triangle tattoos these triangles are overlapping each other and depending on the directions of these triangles the meanings change as well. If both triangles are pointing upwards then some call it fire in fire tattoo, if they are both facing downwards then it is called water in water. One triangle pointing upwards and the other downwards can be also called fire and water tattoo or represents two polarities.
Double Triangle Tattoo Designs
Matching Triangle Tattoo Meanings
Matching triangle tattoos are very popular among families and couples as they represent unity and love. Designs of matching triangle tattoos are very modern and hipster. People used to carry a photo of their loved one’s or wear a matching friendship necklaces or bracelets to show how much the other person means to them. Similarly matching tattoo is a great way to do the same and you get to choose or create the design of the tattoo and carry it always with you.
Matching Triangle Tattoo Designs
What is Penrose Triangle Tattoo?
The Penrose triangle is also known as the Penrose tribar or the impossible tribar. It is an impossible figure or an object that creates an optical illusion. The Penrose tattoo design consists of a two dimensional triangle which is instantly and subconsciously interpreted as a projection of a three dimensional triangle.
Penrose Triangle Tattoo Designs
Other Triangle Tattoo Designs
Small Triangle Tattoo Designs
Simple Triangle Tattoo Designs
Geometric Triangle Tattoo Designs
Triangle Rose Tattoo Designs
3D Triangle Tattoo Designs
Triangle Circle Tattoo Designs
Three Dots Triangle Tattoo Designs
Triangle Eye Tattoo Designs
A triangle tattoo can also symbolize creativity, harmony, ascension, proportion, manifestation, integration, culmination and change. The most popular of these triangle tattoo meanings is creativity since most people want to be unique and have the ability to do provide something different in their jobs and in their personal lives. Just remember that your tattoo is your philosophy and Meaning of triangle changes by its orientations.
Celebrities who have triangle tattoos
- Lili Reinhart has a triangle tattoo on the left side of her rib cage.
- Sophie Turner got her infinite triangle tattoo on her upper left arm.
- Katy Perry has a triangle prism tattoo on her left foot.
- Avril Lavigne got a triangle tattoo on her right forearm.
- Ellie Goulding’s first tattoo was a red triangle on her wrist.
- Britney Spears has a small triangle tattoo on her right hand.