Three Lessons I Learned from Sacred Geometry Tattoos

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We are now experiencing a new universal cosmology spanning from the deepest, distant past to a future beyond our wildest imagination. Our collective consciousness has a common thread, one of geometric awe and mathematical splendor that is often unrealized.

My artistic pursuit and passion for understanding has fueled my life’s work and become somewhat of a healthy obsession. Nature is the wisest of all teachers. In our continued false concept of separation from this “force,” I fear we have drifted further from our Source.

The principal ideology presented here is a return to that understanding of who we’ve been and who we are, which is an inseparable being of ultimate love and oneness.

If I have one goal as a tattoo artist, it is to share this profound truth and illuminate the evidence I’ve found in an attempt to bring harmony and balance to ourselves and the world around us. Since my humble beginnings as an apprentice, I have continued to study, with deep fascination, the core principles and meanings behind sacred geometry design in nature and by mankind.

Throughout my journey I have come to three core realizations about how geometric patterns impact our reality, and ultimately our bodies and soul, when placed carefully upon our skin.

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The Archetypal Fabric of Reality
Mathematics is the language and blueprint of our world. All things in known existence are perceived through the lens of geometry and proportion. From the pyramids to Stonehenge, the earliest and most profound structures are built with the understanding of sacred geometry. Within the mind of our most ancient ancestors to the most modern of our technological prowess, the truth of this wisdom has been observed and proliferated.

The connotation “sacred” has its origin in the simple fact that this knowledge was used in the physical construction of our finest worldly places of worship — temples, churches and mosques. The intended purpose was to create a space of such awe-inspiring wonder as to reflect the mastery of some divine presence. The architects had a vast understanding of the laws that govern our natural world and made use of this to cultivate this experience for the observer.

The intention of these early mystics (which has often been overlooked by the grandeur of their construction) was to inspire an internal realization that the true temple of sacred geometry was the human body and our world around us.

Sacred Geometry & Anatomy
The anomalies of geometry found throughout the biological, natural and physical world are not anomalies at all. They are the simple rules of geometry and, most specifically, the reflection of The Golden Ratio.

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Plato considered the golden section to be the most binding of all mathematical relationships and the key to the physics of the cosmos. Phidias, after whom the term “Phi” is given, used it for the construction of many sculptures and the proportion found in the Parthenon. Euclid noted that dividing a line at the 0.6180399 point is “dividing a line in the extreme and mean ratio.” This later gave rise to the use of the term the golden mean. De Divina Proportione, or Divine Proportion, was coined in 1509 by Luca Pacioli in a publication featuring many of Leonardo Da Vinci’s early sacred geometrical drawings.

The Flower of Life is another example of a symbol shrouded in antiquity that has represented our most fundamental and powerful understanding of the universe. The unfolding of the geometric pattern resembles the cellular division of mitosis at the beginning of life. The Flower of Life also was depicted by Da Vinci in his work Codex Atlanticus. However, there’s simply no more famous reference to the sacred geometrical structure of human form than “The Vitruvian Man” by Renaissance master Da Vinci himself in homage to early drawings by the Roman Vitruvious.

My fascination with geometry has been my greatest muse, with the human body as my primary canvas. I find that in tattooing, our natural symmetry, in combination with sacred geometric imagery, makes for a powerful and cohesive ascetic. For many, tattoos are an outward representation of their inner perspective and as a reminder to a higher path of awareness.

Sacred geometry tattoos tell a story. The Sanskrit word mandala translates as “circle.” It is a spiritual symbol found in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, and circular motifs are some of the most ancient symbolism found worldwide. Mandalas often hold multiple meanings. They represent the universe as a whole, the totality of the cosmos — as, above, so below. The repetitive and unfolding radial symmetry invokes a sense of expansion and inward/outward reflection of the individual’s spiritual journey. The cyclical nature of reality truly is a transcendent cosmology.

Tattooing symbolism has its root in the deepest recesses of human history, specifically our oldest tattooed ancestor, Otzi, the Italian ice mummy that was found with 61 “I Ching” symbols tattooed on acupuncture points. These simple, geometric motifs illuminate the multifaceted purpose of medicinal and ideological representation via tattooing as early as 3,500 BC.

There’s more to the belief that tattoos can heal beyond the simple scientific studies on the vast benefit tattooing can have on our immune system.

Our ancient ancestors were wiser than we are often permitted to believe. Research by the late Dr. Masaru Emoto, the Japanese scientist, concluded that our consciousness can alter the molecular structure and physical outcome of water crystals observed in varying conditions. The more benevolent parameters produce a fundamentally symmetrical structure to the water. Hence, the thesis in reverse is that symmetry and geometry are linked with positive emotions and higher levels of health. Often the initial response to such claims is one of disbelief, however the scientific findings of this have been observed.

Sacred Geometry is simply so interwoven with our perceivable universe that it’s truly a never-ending pursuit of inspiration and intrigue.

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Dillon Forte
Dillon Forte, the world-renowned artist and owner of Sri Yantra Tattoo, is known for his contemporary style of Sacred Geometry in tattooing. Forte believes in viewing the body as a whole, creating harmonious designs to flow seamlessly with the skin. Since opening his first Sri Yantra Tattoo studio eight years ago in Oakland, Forte has developed an incredible online following and high-profile, international client base. His other notable ventures include photography, painting, fashion/tech design, murals, gallery exhibitions and his product line Forte Tattoo Tech biodegradable tattoo supplies. Forte is available by appointment only. More about his Oakland or Venice studios, artists on staff, and guest tattooists can be found at www.dillonfortetattoo.com. Visit www.instagram.com/dillonforte/

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