Glyph is a word that comes from the Greek language. It refers to graphic symbols that don’t look like letters, but more like characters. Numeric, alphabetic, symbols within a character, glyph come in various shapes and sizes. A simple-looking, clean and seemingly basic glyph can hold a great meaning. This is a great advantage when it comes to tattoos. This means that a glyph tattoo can be as personal and as cryptic as you want it to be.

A glyph tattoo isn’t self-explanatory and it isn’t rudimentary either. Usually not very large, they may look mysterious in black and white or fascinating in color. Thanks to their general geometric shape, they can be combined with elements such as flowers or landscapes. The combinations are virtually infinite.

More modern than geometric tattoos, glyph tattoos are inked in various techniques, ranging from watercolor to dotwork. They have the power to catch the eye and also leave a sense of wonder to the person who sees it. In addition, they serve as reminders, motivational symbols and much more, depending on who wears them.

Types of Glyph Tattoo Designs

There are multiple types of designs when it comes to glyph tattoos. The most popular ones are those comprising triangles. Depending on the arrangement of the lines within the triangle, the meaning changes. If the triangle is empty, you can use the space to fill with flowers or other elements that you like. Moreover, there are glyph used for zodiac signs, shaped like arrows and those that look like roman numbers. You can look at the pictures below to identify some of them and many steal some ideas as well!

Pain Expectancy vs. Your Personal Tolerance

A glyph tattoo can be placed anywhere on your body. So, when it comes to pain levels, they will differ according to the body part that you choose to ink. If your design is small, then you don’t have to worry about pain because the tattoo artist will be ready in no time! One popular location for such tattoo are the fingers. Just as a word of advice, finger tattoos don’t last very long so you might want to avoid that area if you don’t want to get them redone in a few years. Mostly simple, these tattoos shouldn’t cause you too much pain.

Take the Aftercare Stage Seriously

Since a perfectly straight line wouldn’t look too good if it wasn’t healed evenly, you must take the aftercare stage seriously. Keeping your tattoo moist with special tattoo healing creams and washing it at least twice a day for a few days are mandatory steps that you must take. Try to stay out of the sun, dusty places, public pools and so on. A properly cared for tattoo will heal in one week and you’ll enjoy it for the rest of your life.

Break Your Piggy Bank for a Tattoo

What you need for a glyph tattoo is a tattoo artist with a steady hand. You’ll want those lines straight and neat, so you’ll want to pay the right price for it. A small tattoo shouldn’t cost you more than $100. Prices differ according to location, popularity, artist, whether or not your tattoo contains color and how long it takes to be done. Do your research and save money if you want a truly qualitative tattoo that you’ll love for the rest of your life!

1. A Celtic symbol in watercolor

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When opting for a watercolor tattoo, it’s great to add black outlines to keep the ink in place.

2. Multicolored triangles on forearm

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Made of a multitude of triangles, this glyph tattoo is multicolored and confers a striking visual effect to the wearer.

3. Inverted triangle with roses inside

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The inverted triangle is a symbol for Female, Lunar, Yoni, Shakti, Passive, Cave, Down, and Mother. In addition, it becomes extra feminine with a colored and black and white roses inside.

4. Triangular rose and a trace of black ink

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Featuring a very modern tattooing style, this design was successfully personalized.

5. Large triangle on the wrist

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This triangle type means “create”. It fits nicely on a guy’s wrist due to its larger size and thicker lines.

6. Waves bursting out of a triangle

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A glyph tattoo suited for surfers or sea lovers, this one is situated on a girl’s thigh and features only black and white shades.

7. Challenge, transcendence and creation

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These two minimalist arrow are decorated with triangular glyph. They mean challenge, transcendence and creation.

8. Create, explore and express

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Starting from her hand, towards her forearm, the triangles mean create, explore and express. She seems happy about getting them! I would be too considering how good they look!

9. God is greater than the highs and lows tattoo

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More or less a religious tattoo, this one is so encrypted that few people will know what it means unless you tell them.

10. A glyph for Libra

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This is a glyph tattoo that depicts the zodiac sign for Libra. Not so coded as others, it is still fun to have.

11. Explore, understand and transcend

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Starting from the wrist towards the forearm, the triangles mean explore, understand and transcend.

12. Two erect triangles

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An erect triangle symbolizes Male, Solar, Lingam, Shakta, Assertive, Mountain, Up, Father. Therefore, it only makes sense that the landscape contains mountains, the sun and other similar elements.

13. A triangle within a triangle

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According to research, this is an old Ku Klux Klan symbol that has been resurrected by modern-day Ku Klux Klan groups. However, it looks to colorful and nice to mean that.

14. A Dr. Woo tattoo on forearm

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Dr. Woo is a renowned tattoo artist who inks elegant geometrical tattoos on people with excellent results.

15. Create, connect, express

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Starting from her finger to her wrist, the triangles mean create, connect, and express.

16. Explore, connect, challenge and learn

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Starting from left to right, this glyph tattoo contains four symbols that mean explore, connect, challenge and learn.

17. The contrast between sketchy and realistic

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Striking to look at, this tattoo comprises two roses inked in two different styles, namely sketchy and realistic. The sketch comes in black and white, while the realistic one comes in baby blue.

18. Glyph for the Scorpio zodiac sign

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A really cute and small tattoo, this one depicts the zodiac symbol for Scorpio.

19. Geometry in nature

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Geometry is found everywhere in nature. The idea of this tattoo is that they merge and their depiction looks amazing!

20. Blue and purple flower in a triangle

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Like a little corner of nature on foot, this glyph tattoo is tasteful, colorful and meaningful as well.

21. Aliens abducting a human

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A sort of science fiction tattoo, this one impresses thanks to its style and fun idea.

22. Overlay effect of two triangles

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One of the triangles is contoured precisely, while the other one is filled with black and gray dots.

23. Triangle tattoo on a woman’s ribs

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Feminine when it comes to design and location, this tattoo is inked in simple black and white shades.

24. Letters and lines

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A minimalist tattoo, this one is made of four letters and two lines. It is placed on a guy’s forearm and has a nice visual impact as well.

25. Realistic wild flower in a triangle

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This tattoo looks like a painting. The colors are dazzling and the design itself is quite unique.

26. A Sci-Fi themed tattoo

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The theme of human abduction by alien is quite popular among the glyph tattoos. There must be something that connects them.

27. Male dominance in dotwork and linework

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A nice combination of erect triangles, these represent masculinity and they feature multiple tattooing techniques.

28. A triangle with a rainbow side

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Gay pride or not, this triangle looks fun and daring. It features a side colored like a rainbow and two that are black.

29. Strategy, prosperity and longevity

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A glyph tattoo that contains less popular symbols, this one refers to strategy, prosperity and longevity.

30. A filter of color

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If you look at this design for a while, that triangle looks like a filter that shows the flower as it is in nature, all colored and bright.

31. Two arrows and a flower

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In the Native American culture, two crossed arrows mean friendship. So, this tattoo could be about the friendship between two girls or the friendship that flourishes.

32. Three peonies and a triangle

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The peony is the flower of riches and honor. It embodies romance and prosperity and people consider it brings good fortune and a happy marriage.

33. Explore, express and create on an arrow

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A tool for sustaining life, the arrowhead is made of three triangles that mean explore, express and create.

34. A Moon Glyph Tattoo

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This girl has chosen a moon glyph tattoo for her nape of the neck.

35. A fierce combo of skull and triangle

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36. Overlaying colors and triangles

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37. A semicolon on finger

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38. Arrowheads pointing down

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39. A simplified solar system

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40. A minimalist Earth tattoo

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41. An Aquarius tattoo on belly

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42. Mighty arrow and trajectories

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43. An arrow with colored feathers

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44. Triangle with Calla flowers

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45. Explore, challenge and transcend

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46. Transcend glyph on wrist

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47. Friendship symbol with arrows

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The two crossed arrows are listed as a symbol of friendship.

48. Explore, challenge and learn on an arrow

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49. Duality with multiple triangles

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50. Transcend, protect and explore

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51. Psychedelic cactus in a rhombus

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52. An airplane trapped in a circle

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53. Transcend, express and create on an arrowhead

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54. A simple design with complicated meaning

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55. Another type of meaningful arrow

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56. An unfamiliar scribble

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57. Feminine and masculine transcending

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58. Colored and beautiful scenery

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59. Learn, create and protect

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60. Connect, protect and team on three people

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61. Black and white rose tattoo

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62. A representation of the Fibonacci number

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The Fibonacci number can be represented in numerous ways. In fact, it is found in nature in the most unexpected places like the shell of a snail.

63. Mandala and a compass in one

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64. Feminine in a masculine triangle

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65. Explore times two

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Exploring the world together with your best friend or significant other is a truly inspiring idea!

66. Lighthouse, sea and stars

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67. Stargate – Earth’s “point of origin” symbol

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68. Sisters with a great idea

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First born, second born and third born in a series of triangle tattoos and quite an inspired idea!

69. From the depths of meaningful

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70. An inspired arm embellishment

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71. Fake triangle tattoos

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If you are not convinced that you want a tattoo, you can try some fake ones. The glow around the lines is an indicator that this tattoo is fake.

72. One of Jared Leto’s tattoos

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This glyph tattoo belongs to Jared Leto and it is dedicated to his band.

73. The empire of cats

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74. Learn and understand

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Situated on a girl’s shoulder blades, these symbols refer to learning and understanding.

75. Express, explore and transcend

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As you’ve probably noticed by now, this type of glyph tattoo is the most popular one: three triangles in a row.

76. Explore as a triangular symbol

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Not part of any glyph series, this tattoo lays evenhandedly on a person’s wrist.

77. Tiny triangle glyph on wrist

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78. A multitude of symbols in an arrow

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Not the most professional tattoo out there, this one comprises a series of symbols.

79. An universe on its own

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80. Tiny triangle glyph inked

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Explore, learn and create, hopefully for a better tattooing technique than this one!

81. Deer, wings and arrows

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82. A sequence of symbols

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83. Triangle glyph on a woman’s thigh

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Learn, connect, create and understand, from left to right, are the meanings of the triangle glyph.

84. Twin tattoos on wrists

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Explore and transcend are the meaning of the two triangles from this twin tattoo.

85. The sun, the clouds and the water

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When three powerful energies come together, it’s simple to make a square float. At least this is what this tattoo depicts.

86. The goat and the dolphins

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87. Connection is truly important

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A true and sincere connection is hard to obtain these days, especially between two people.

88. A half moon and a mysterious symbol

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89. Greek statue with a wing

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90. A sign for Virgo and a colored flower

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The zodiac sign is really important for some people, so they usually decide to find a symbol for it and get it inked. I like this happy idea!