tattoos have developed a huge popularity due to them popping up on the
skin of massive celebrities. However, this style has long been known for
its grace and beauty. Many uplifting, smart and witty messages have
been used for Hebrew tattoos, and this is the genuine reason for their
fame. They are a permanent and attractive reminder of beliefs and ideas
that you hold dear.
Most Hebrew tattoos feature simple script.
The majority of these are done in either black, or a rich, henna-like
brick brown. These can be done in very small characters, but most
commonly they are done in a more grandiose fashion and are splayed
across the chest, or up and down the arms or back. It is not uncommon to
see proverbs such as, “God gives burdens, also shoulders,” or, “Not to
have felt pain is not to have been human.” These sayings and quotations
fall under the more grandiose category; however, some people may prefer
to use simpler pieces and create single word characters. One example of
this is the very noticeable Chai symbol. This symbol is the combination
of the Hebrew letters Cheit and Yod, and simply means ‘living.’
is also not uncommon for people to incorporate symbols such as the star
of David, the hamsa (which is a bluntly rounded hand with an eye in the
palm, and is said to be a symbol of protection from the evil eye), and
the enneagram (a star with nine points, which is thought to represent
the essence of existence). Less specific, but equally meaningful symbols
may be used such as ivy — which is often an expression of determination
— growing around the lettering; the script may be intertwined with the
flower of life; it may be bookended by a Fleur De Lis, or even placed at
the center of a ouroboros.
Whatever style you choose to use just
remember, with any foreign language it is important to know what you
are getting; with the delicate and often times complicated manner of the
language, Hebrew tattoos are no exception. Have your words translated
by someone fluent and trustworthy, and you will have a lifelong piece of
style and inspiration.