Fractal is a term coined by modern-day mathematician in 1975 to describe geometric patterns that have the potential to repeat to infinity.
The basic design or shape remains the same in size, might grow smaller or larger but repeats. A set of Russian nesting dolls, each leaf of a fern and the six sections of a snowflake are all examples of everyday objects featuring fractals.
Fractal tattoos appeal to men who like organization, perfection and symmetry. The continuity of the patterns also suggests reliability or predictability. For some, fractals represent the path to understanding or life’s journey. Looking at the bigger picture provides a more comprehensive perception or perspective.
While generally considered ornamental, depending on the design, style and technique used, the image can simultaneously appear delicate and epic. For someone preferring a minimalist fractal, the images might consist of dots or fine line work. Bolder designs are created using black work, bright colors and three-dimensional imagery.
Fractal tattoos might be a main image, a border design or travel the entire length of a limb or the torso. Floral patterns, mandalas and spirals are common fractal tattoos.