The golden ratio is proof of mathematics in nature, as found in succulents, pinecones, sunflowers, and even the horns of a wild goat, commanding geometric style as a logical interpretation for animal tattoos.
Geometric styles are regarded as a sacred design – given number patterns and complex shapes influenced cathedrals, temples, and pyramids – but are also signs of the human consciousness, creating a literal language in an attempt to comprehend the universe.
Even the human body exemplifies geometric symmetry, granting it as the perfect template for a tattoo honoring the construction of other living creatures. Circles, hexagons, cubes, and precise line work are the building blocks for such artistry while shading and Dotwork may fill in the negative space of the piece.
Geometric animal tattoos sometimes resemble origami, or they may solely utilize intricately overlapping lines. These tattoos may involve contours mapping the natural form of a polar bear, or a beastly lion may be reduced to basic shapes with vibrant hues that throwback to 90s street style. Some may apply watercolor to such a piece, or the owner may even keep half of the tattoo realistic with glossy bristly fur that gradually transforms and simplifies into an elementary profile of the animal.
Geometric animal tattoos can harness a range of styles, and they may memorialize any animal that the wearer admires or relates to – even their own pet. Bold triangular outlines can work as a border for the ink as well as a divisionary tool within the tattoo that enables layers of content; imagine a piercing deer eye filling the frame, which itself hovers over the deer’s barren skull settled in the deserted background.