As a mankind, we have always been fascinated with lightning. And why shouldn’t we: it turns night into day and it’s always succeeded by either fire or thunder. So absolutely lightning tattoo is an interesting idea for a tattoo.
In short, lightning is a naturally occurring electrostatic discharge during which two electrically charged regions in the atmosphere or ground temporarily equalize themselves, causing the instantaneous release of as much as one gigajoule of energy. Lightning causes thunder and occurs commonly during thunderstorms.
Lightning is part of a deity in many cultures. These include gods such as: the Greek god Zeus, the Aztec god Tlaloc, the Mayan God K, Slavic mythology’s Perun, Thor in Norse mythology, Ukko in Finnish mythology, the Hindu god Indra, and the Shinto god Raijin. In the traditional religion of the African Bantu tribes, lightning is a sign of the ire of the gods. Verses in the Jewish religion and in Islam also ascribe supernatural importance to lightning.
Over time, the symbolism of lightning has literally transformed into numerous meanings. For some it’s a reminder of keeping grounded and staying focusing on the things that seem to become distant over time. You can also look at it as a homecoming for major life changes or significant moments in life.
In general, a lightning bolt tattoo signifies power, strength, and intelligence. The lightning is a symbol for honesty, truth, morality and the power of creation itself.
Lightning is often an analogy to emotions such as fear, admiration, clarity, inspiration, and creativity. It’s a primal force, much like our basic emotions and instincts, and the volatile nature of lightning makes it a great symbol for primal urges.
Unfortunately, there are people who would take the lightning bolt symbol’s association with power and turn it to something nefarious. A double lightning bolt tattoo mean white supremacist. It was a Nazi symbol and party’s racist ideology.
Tatoo artists usually designed a lightning bolts using just the zigzag shape to define the image. This symbol you can fill in with any type of pattern like flowers, geometric forms or ombre colors. And it can be large or small.
A simple bolt of lightning is a simple, yet striking look, depending on the location of the tattoo. Women tend to go for the small and neat versions near the ear or at the nape of their neck or on the arm.