Buddha is treated with a profound respect and highly valued by people who believed in him. It does not cast any shadow of a doubt that Buddha was a great man because he leaves behind masses as his followers. They are not only followers, but it is a religion, which means they strongly believe in him and his teachings. Buddha tattoos designs are therefore more of a spiritual affair than a cosmetic one.
Buddha tattoos designs are extremely common in India where Buddha lived. During his lifetime, It is believed that Buddha discouraged people to venerate him but after100 BC, his photo appeared and is being used to date. Buddhists most commonly wear the tattoo all over the world because this religion has spread from India to other parts of the world. People with this tattoo wear it to show loyalty and respect to Buddha and also as a symbol of his teachings.
While to some people having this tattoo shows commitment to the religion, to the others it is disrespect to the religion and against the Buddhism principle of non-attachment. Unlike Hinduism into which Buddha was born, Buddhism does not have gods and goddesses. They also believe that there shouldn’t be an attachment because of the non-permanence of the human body.
One can choose to tattoo himself with Buddha as the Indians do but there is also “laughing Buddha” who is more common among the Chinese people. Laughing Buddha appears to be smiling and has a large belly. He also wears a frock and his Buddhist rosary is often exposed. It is one’s decision however on how to have his tattoo done as you can make the tattoo look more sophisticated by dressing Buddha differently before inking yourself. It is however important to note that while making these adjustments, one should be careful so as not to interfere with the core aspects of Buddhism that are represented through Buddha’s picture.