26 Beautiful Tree Of Life Tattoo Designs For Men And Woman
The idea of a Tree of Life spans aeons and cultures, as well as academic disciplines, from biology to philosophy and theology. In general it has served throughout history as a symbol of the interconnectedness of all life. Furthermore, it emphasizes that all life extends from the same ancient source (the roots, whatever they may represent in that particular society), branching outward and apart in different directions as time goes on.
Many Tree of Life designs are completely original and not obviously inspired by any particular cultural take on the idea. This is only natural, of course; the idea of a Tree of Life is so pervasive and so basic to many cultural traditions that it is to be expected that we would constantly recreate and make the old idea new.
When considering a Tree of Life design, there is a staggering number of cultural depictions one might consider investigating. Most of these are beyond the scope of this article (especially as most are not common as tattoo designs), but Tree of Life iconography exists in the Egyptian, Chinese, Mesoamerican, Turkic, and Urartu cultures as well, to name just a few. The idea is rich in deep meaning and an intriguing choice for anyone for whom the idea of the interconnectedness of life is special.
Celtic Tree of Life Tattoo
Perhaps the most popular Tree of Life designs are Celtic in nature, typically ringed with the knots and ropes common to so many Celtic tattoo designs. Celtic life was greatly indebted to trees for natural resources, food, shelter, etc. – the Tree of Life stood above all these as a cosmological symbol, its roots the netherworld beneath us, the branches ascending into the heavens, and the trunk our mortal, perishable Earth, the existence that connects the two.
Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing ancient or traditional about this Celtic Tree of Life symbol aside from perhaps the sentiment behind it. It was created by Welsh contemporary artist Jen Delyth in 1990 and has become a popular folk-art symbol.