The real meaning of a triangle tattoo

Tattoos are incredibly popular these days, but rather than covering themselves from collarbone to wrist, many people, particularly young, famous women like Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande, opt instead for so-called "baby tattoos." These tiny, delicate markings are often placed on highly-visible areas such as hands, and give the appearance of being heavily tattooed without actually being heavily tattooed. 

Many of these smaller trendy tattoos have little meaning beyond looking cute, but there are exceptions. For example, the meaning behind a semicolon tattoo, small and dainty as it might be, is actually much deeper than you'd expect. Likewise, triangles, while seemingly obvious in intent, could hold a deeper meaning.

Triangle tattoos often have deep roots in religion and mythology

A post on Quora, from Streetfelt Tattoo in Hawaii, notes that triangle tattoos actually have several potential meanings. First and foremost, they can be religious, as the three sides are seen to represent (in Christianity) the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. They can also be used to represent the all-seeing Eye of Providence, too. Elsewhere, triangle tattoos can represent the family (mother, father, and child), time (past, present, and future), the soul (mind, body, and spirit), or even the self (thought, feeling, and emotion). 

Celtic culture also utilizes the symbol for knots and trinity designs. Three is a powerful number in numerology, too; one means force, two an opening, and three the wisdom created by interlocking the two ideas. 

The orientation can also point to the triangle's deeper meaning. When it points up, it can mean solar, active, masculinity, or father, while down can mean lunar, feminine, cave, or mother. Two triangles combined can represent humanity, while these tattoos also often symbolize creativity, too.

Triangle tattoos can mean wisdom, love, and connection

Tattoo Me Now, an online resource for artists and patrons alike, further notes that in Greek culture, the Delta glyph triangle symbolizes a doorway to higher wisdom. The combination of thought and emotion supposedly opens the mind up to higher wisdom, making the triangle a very sacred symbol. Likewise, in Norse culture, three interlocking triangles known as a Valknut were said to protect warriors in battle and carry their bodies to Valhalla if they perished. 

Tattoo SEO, a similar online tool for artists and tattoo enthusiasts, notes the popularity of the so-called "lovers' triangles tattoo," which positions one triangle upside down and the other right side up with one blue and one red. Couples and BFFs often share this tattoo by getting one half of the design each.

They're one of the oldest symbols known to humankind, so triangles can be used to mean many things and are incorporated into numerous tattoo designs. Regardless of how simple it may seem on the surface, triangle tattoos likely have more meaning than not.