Often known as highly powerful symbolic expressions, numbers can represent events, order, mathematics, destiny, or luck, and can even go beyond our Earth within the stars and planets. They have a relationship with all things in nature, and can serve as guides to one’s own self-exploration.
Numbers have existed since man began to count, but the numerals between zero and nine are Arabic numerals which medieval Europeans have based our modern number system on since Gutenberg invented moveable type.
Roman numerals, which are especially popular number tattoos, come from the decimal system based on the number “10.” They’re usually used to remember and embrace certain events that are greatly important to us, like anniversaries, birthdays, the Superbowl, or the day a loved one had passed.
Numbers are very flexible in meaning, which is why their significance differs with every individual. There are some general symbolic values that are known amongst everyone, but in most cases numbers represent something personally known by the wearer.
For those more in tune with the spiritual world, numbers are linked to numerology, Tarot, or superstition. For example, everyone knows the lucky number seven! There’s an endless list of possibilities one can accomplish with number tattoos.