What is the meaning of an ouroboros tattoo?

by John Griffith

Tattoos are a trend that has been around for ages and it doesn’t look like it will be going away anytime soon. Many people get tattoos just because the think they are beautiful. Others do it to add a form of an accessory to their body. There are many, howeer, who get tattoos to commemorate important events in their lives. More often than not, these tattoos are a symbol with a much deeper meaning. Today, we are going to be looking at one especially meaningful and interesting type of body art – the ouroboros tattoo. So, keep reading to find out what it means, as well as look at some ideas you may steal for yourself.

The beauty and meaning behind an ouroboros tattoo

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What does ouroboros mean?

Ouroboros is a symbol, which originates form the ancient Egyptian iconography. It depicts a serpent eating its own tail. The term derives from Ancient Greece and represents the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Ouroboros tattoos are very popular

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What is the meaning of an ourobros tattoo?

Most often the ouroboros signifies life. The cycle of birth, life and death is ever-repeating. For anyone who chooses to get this tattoo, it will symbolize their spiritual growth and realisation. The owner of this type of body ink will be aware of this never-ending cycle. They will know how to live in the moment and how to accept the circle of life, knowing that a new cycle is always on its way. The symbol is perfect for religious people as well, as it may be viewed as a symbol of rebirth as well.

Another meaning behind this symbol can be the duality of life. One thing can not exist without another – kind of like the Yin and Yang symbol.

The ouroboros tattoo is one of the most meanigful ones

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What is the most popular ouroboros tattoo design?

The most popular design is definitely the circle, as this is how the symbol looked originally when it was first found.

The ouroboros can also be found in the shape of an infinity symbol. The connection between the two is pretty straight forward. Time is not linear, but rather circular and we all have to live in the present as we are one small piece of infinity.

Another type of design is the long ouroboros. It is a long serpent twisted around itself. It is often a larger tattoo, which can incorporate more detail and color.

The dragon ouroboros is also quite popular. The dragon is a symbol of power, therefore is often used instead of a serpent. It also gives you the oppurtunity to add wings, horns, scales and, once again, more color to your ouroboros tattoo.

Dragon ouroboros as an infinity symbol, reimagined as a sand clock – this is genius

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You can also choose to have another design inside the circle

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This is the most simple and common ourobros design

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Ouroboros and a scarab – an amulet from Ancient Egypt

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Why not add some feminine detail to your body art

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Long ourobros of two snakes intertwined

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Geometrical design

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Beautiful watercolor infinity dragon

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Interesting watercolor version of the symbol

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Feminine tattoos reimagined

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Snake eating itself signifying infinity

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The ouroboros meaning is what sets it apart from other tattoos

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Who knew a snake eating its tail would make for such a beautiful body art, especially when you add the flowers

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Different version of the ouroboros symbol – dragon + infinity symbol

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Snake eating its own tail tattoo

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A truly magnificent tattoo

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Serpent eating its own tail – doesn’t sound like it, but makes for a beautiful tattoo

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Watercolor tattoos are always very beautiful and interesting

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Stunning design of a dragon ouroboros with wings

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John Griffith

John Griffith is a young, passionate journalist. Writing has been John’s hobby ever since he was a boy. He has worked in some of the UK’s most successful news portals over the course of his professional career but found his forever home at Archzine.