Sanskrit tattoos are beautiful but complex designs, as they deal with ancient concepts and fonts that must be understood to be applied properly. Guys in the market for a Sanskrit tattoo should seek out an artist who has expertise in this specific style.
One reason it’s so important to find an artist with experience working up Sanskrit ink is the context shifting within this written language.
Depending on how each letter or word is written, the meaning and sound behind individual letters can change dramatically.
Names are popular Sanskrit tattoo choices, but because Sanskrit is a phonetic language, many factors can influence how a name should be written. The same name can sound very different when spoken by an American person, a French person or a Japanese person, and this should be taken into account when considering a tattoo in Sanskrit.
The client must decide not only how the tattoo should look, but how it should sound when read aloud. When an artist tattoos any foreign language, there is always a chance of translation errors. This potential increases when dealing with ancient languages. However, a skilled artist and a client who has done their research, and understand the liturgical language of Hinduism, should be able to work together to achieve the desired result.
This big, bold, Sanskrit neck tattoo is executed with great flair. It’s created by the difficult and time consuming dotwork style. The piece features exceptional clarity in the dot variations to create the two-tone text shading.
This is a well executed minimalist tattoo that shows off the flowing Sanskrit script. It’s not a large tattoo, however it nestles well in the inner bicep. The artist has drawn in the black ink simply with a single needle.
A nicely drawn Sanskrit tattoo, this piece is placed in an eye-catching fashion on the inner forearm. Unlike the image above, this piece incorporates large, thick lettering in an almost graffiti style font that works well with the text.
This a sharply executed chest tattoo. The Sanskrit lettering is emphasized by the clever matching of gray ink and white in support of the black line work of the language text to give it the feel of a small stone tablet.
A nicely drawn take on the Sanskrit tattoo. Rather than run down the arm as most variations would the artist and subject have opted to draw the tattoo across the arm. It makes for a funky patterned, almost-sleeve tattoo. The use of red line work throughout the work is a cool touch of individuality.
Heavy black and negative space make for a clever, hectic Sanskrit piece reminiscent of archaic book lettering or even Asian calligraphy. The artist has brilliantly created the letter by flipping the image, with the tattoo supporting the unblemished flesh. It looks easy, but this technique is very difficult to master, especially on tattoos of this scale.
During and after images present quality insight into the process for the this five image Sanskrit tattoo artwork. Rather than be stencilled on and then inked as is the current trend, the artist has instead hand drawn this tattoo onto skin. Just as in sketch books, they’ve made sure to work out depth and spacing of the piece with a clear eye and steady hand. As the second picture demonstrates the solid black of the needle work has been perfectly executed to deliver a beautiful tattoo.
This inner forearm tattoo combines stylish Sanskrit text with a solid black image. There is nothing fancy about the piece, however it’s quality work that combines expert scaling, space, and overall depth.
This neck and back tattoo places a bit more flair into the text of the tattoo, and is reminiscent of a necklace. The curvature and consistent use of the text makes for a pleasing, unique tattoo.
The shape of the text in this piece makes the tattoo an arresting image. The way the word shapes have been etched in give the appearance of slick calligraphy more than needlework. It’s an impressive outer forearm tattoo.
Sharp, clear black lines of text work has allowed this tattoo to successfully overlap the Mandala dot work below it. The artist has cleverly used a single needle to make the text standout and allow for it continue to do so as the ink ages on the subject’s skin.
The subject’s hand features three tattoos etched at different times. They all have aged differently, and their line work differs enough from each other – even in a simple design – that the Sanskrit tattoos are clearly the work of three different artists.
This tattoo cleverly incorporates text and geometric pattern to create an armband style lower forearm tattoo. The artist has used crisp black line work with background shading to make the links in the pattern. The text is carefully executed and utilizes it’s natural flow horizontally to make for a unique border for the total image.
The artist’s technique here makes for another cool calligraphy style tattoo. The flourishes at the start of each word give it a an effective sense of individuality.