Chakra Tattoo Meaning & Ideas

Briefly About Chakras

Chakras, or energetic wheels, refer to the energy centers in our bodies.

Each of these wheels (chakra means “disk” in Sanskrit) are located along the spine and  correspond to certain functions of the endocrine or the nervous system.

They are usually represented by different colours and their functioning is connected to different organs, but also, to different emotions and mental states.

When these energetic wheels “spin” at an expected, healthy rate, this means that your chakras are open, working properly and the energy flows freely. Simply said, you are in equilibrium.

If chakras are spinning too quickly, you may feel alert, hyper, anxious and nervous. Similarly, if any of our chakras are spinning too slowly, you might feel insecure, ungrounded and tired.

Of course, the blockage or fast spinning of any of the chakras can show different symptoms based on which nervous or endocrine system is related to that specific chakra.

How Many Chakras Are There?

Although certain research papers find that there are as many as 114 chakras in our body, in the Western model, there are seven main chakras – again, each of them relates to a particular area of our life.

They start at the root, or base, of your spine and extend to the crown of your head. From bottom to top, these chakras are:

1) Root Chakra (Muladhara) – stability, grounding, finances

2) Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana) – intimacy, creativity, pleasure and sexuality

3) Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) – confidence, action and mental clarity

4) Heart Chakra (Anahata) – love, inner peace and compassion

5) Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) – personal expression and life purpose

6) Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna) – clear perception, intuition, wisdom

7) Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) – connection to the divine

Important to note that each of these chakras have a particular frequency of vibration and therefore, a particular colour they are assigned with.

Chakras And Tattoos – How Do They Coexist Today?

Even though tattoos are becoming more and more mainstream, chakra tattoos are not a thing of the current century.

In fact, some resources show that in the period between 1500 and 500 BC most written evidence of chakra was found and some of those implied that people were getting chakra related pigment under their skin.

Today however, as tattoos are becoming more and more popular, people are looking to add some deeper personal meaning and symbolism to these body markings.

This is where chakra tattoos are making their comeback as body markings, centuries later, but still strongly connected to people’s spirituality and body-mind-soul connection.

Astro Tattoos, an online custom tattoo design store, confirmed that chakra designs are among the most wanted in the previous two years.

The versatility of their meaning is what makes a chakra tattoo distinctly beautiful and meaningful.

What Placement Is The Best For A Chakra Tattoo?

Choosing a placement for your chakra tattoo is and always should be a question of your personal preference.

However, it is important to have enough space for all the chakras to be placed in their ascending order.

This is why a lot of people opt to place them on the back. This way you can also keep their original order and place them on the exact same spot where the chakra exists.

Other interesting options are arms and legs as they also provide enough space to place all seven chakras.

If you’d prefer to have just one chakra tattooed, then finding the physical space on the skin to place it would be pretty easy.

Chakra Tattoo Ideas

When choosing your perfect chakra tattoo, keep in mind that you can have all seven of them or you can just stick to the one or a couple that have a significant meaning for you.

Also combining them with other elements such as trees, snakes, Buddha, praying hands, flowers and other elements of your choice can also add an extra layer and dimension to your tattoo design.

Seven Chakras Back Tattoos

Chakras & Snake Tattoos

Chakras & Tree Tattoos

Minimalistic Chakra Tattoos

Single Chakra Tattoos

Single Chakra Tattoos


Whichever style draws you most, keep in mind that a chakra tattoo is not just an attractive design to ink on your body.

Chakras, as we’ve seen, have a deep spiritual and religious symbolism that should be taken into consideration when choosing a tattoo.

Chakra tattoos can be blended nicely with other tattoos depending on other symbols that interest you.

They are a perfect choice to help you focus on the specific energy and area of your life and this makes chakra tattoos extremely adaptable to all the ideas and tattoo styles.


Milena Petrovic is a tattoo professional and a long time astrology enthusiast. In the intersection of these two passions she created to share her big passions with the rest of the universe.

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