Punjabi is one of the most spoken languages in the world and people in India, Pakistan and Canada use it widely! And did you know that it is the kind of language that uses two writing systems? Well, looking at how popular the language is, it is not even that surprising, ain’t it? The people of Punjab are considered to be one of the friendliest, and looking at their history, one of the fiercest too. Often they have symbols with eagles, lions, and tigers. In addition to this, they are also very patriotic and it can be seen through the reverence they pay to their gurus and guides.
With the increase in the trend of tattoo making, many people have taken up this task of getting inked. It does not only mark a fashion statement but also stands as an emblem of homage to their religion and faith. While there are many things that you can get done as far as the Punjabi language is concerned, we have made this list that also includes the Sikh religious symbols and wordings of the scriptures. So have a look at these 70+ amazing Punjabi tattoo designs.
The Khandha is the main symbol of the faith of Sikhism. If you look close, you will notice that the symbol comprises three things, that is, a Khandha in the middle, a chakra and two swords on both sides. It is related to courage and chivalry as it is also the military symbol for the Sikhs.
You can get this word “Jugni” written on your wrists which literally stands for “firefly” (a female one) and in folk culture, is often referred to as the female composer. Surprisingly, it has a spiritual twist to it, where it means the essence of life!
I love how a portrait has been inscribed inside this Ek Onkar tattoo.
Vaheguru means ‘God’. In its literal translation, the term refers to the wonderful teacher.
You can get the Ek Onkar inked in a style which makes it resemble a piece of jewelry, and in this case, a bracelet.
Ek Onkar means the one supreme being or the supreme reality beyond which nothing exists. The Sikhs believe in a single superior being and it forms the foremost tenant of the Sikh religion. I like how the Ek Onkar symbol has been incorporated with certain other elements.
Getting a warrior tattoo is quite common and it reflects the fighter spirit in you.
This Punjabi script tattoo looks especially amazing as it encircles the arm. It almost resembles an armband.
This phrase is also very unique and important in Sikhism as it refers to a frame of mind that is positive and always cheerful that the followers of the religion have to strive to achieve. If you inspire to sail through the highs and lows of life without any difficulty, this phrase is great for your tattoo option.
Ths symbol of Khandha stands majestically as it covers the whole arm of this wearer. You can also get such a huge design done on the back or chest.
The tigers are a special symbol of this faith. The term ‘Singh’ which many people use as their surname, is actually the Punjabi translation of a tiger. Just like the tiger, it refers to the status symbol and bravado of any Sikh man. It stands for courage, responsibility and might.
You can encircle your Khandha tattoo amongst different patterns. Here, the patterns that cover the whole arm is a bit tribal.
Singh is a suffix that every Sikh male has to attach to his name. If you are a girl, you can write Singhni in Punjabi font as its feminine counter.
The warrior in this tattoo looks very courageous and bold.
Bhagat Singh is often considered a folk hero because of his immense courage during the Indian Independence Movement. He was a revolutionary figure who is known for being a source of pain for the Britishers and his subsequent execution.
This is translated to ‘Satnam Vaheguru’ which is often seen in the religious scriptures of the religion. The word, Satnam means, literally, ‘true name’ or we can say that someone whose name is the only truth. It refers to Vaheguru, the only supreme being.
This Khandha tattoo on the upper arm looks very intriguing.
Ek Onkar Guru Nanak Tattoo
This is one of the best tattoo images that I found on this list.
You can write down your name in a Punjabi font. I think it is a very cute idea.
Getting a map of the state of Punjab is quite a great idea to honor your birthplace. It is extremely touching if you are living abroad yet want to remember your roots.
The fierceness of this lion is as fierce as a Singh of Punjab.
I like the crown that has been added to this tattoo design.
Simply ‘Punjab’ written on the arm is a good idea if you wanna be pretty straightforward about your feelings.
Out of many -isms in the world, believe me, Punjabism is something you wouldn’t wanna mess with. It is completely badass.
No matter what the language, the love your father and mother is always supreme. This is mom and dad written in Punjabi.
Nirbhau means without fear, and Nirvair means without enmity. I like how these two important terms have been incorporated with a horse symbol to show strength and courage.
This wearer has decided to inscribe a part of the ‘mool mantra’ on her body which is the foremost chant of the religion.
This little Ek Onkar on the back looks attractive! You can add some colors to your design or probably the watercolor effect to enhance its looks.
Punjabi Text on Wrist Tattoo
A text encircling the wrist looks quite awesome!
Punjabi Warrior Full Portrait
The wearer has inked his whole name along with his ancestral belonging, the name of his village in Punjab.
This tattoo means the light produced by the rays of the sun. Definitely, it is very positive tattoo art.
You can get any term embedded in your sun tattoo which means something to you in Punjabi script.
This lion looks very fierce and is a great addition to the nirbhau nirvair tattoo. I must say the lion represents the same feelings as the text.
Ek Onkar is a great way to show that you are attached to your roots.
The importance of getting a tattoo with the Lord’s name is that even when you are distracted, it will serve as a reminder that you have the power of Lord to guide you through the tough times,
Maybe you might have been inspired by some brave narratives that your grandmom told you when you were young and warriors, thus, serve as your hero and inspire you to be as courageous and strong as he himself was.
This portrait tattoo looks extremely peaceful with the head of the person bowed in front of God. It can serve as an exemplar of the peace that we get when we concentrate our energies towards the Lord.
This nirbhau nirvair tattoo is supplemented by an Om emblem. Om is considered to be the most sacred, the sound of the universe. It is a great part of the Hindu and Buddhist tradition and you might have noticed that many recitals in Sanskrit start with an ‘Om’.
A Sikh person always considers him a fearless crusader of human rights. He stands for humanity, without any prejudices.
The arm is the best place to get a tattoo like this because this placement area is pretty visible.
You can see the rage and anger in this warrior’s eye. That’s the exact passion that these Sikh warriors strive for, and hearing their stories, probably who decides to get it inked too!
Well, if you are a product of the Punjab soil, there’s no shame in screaming it out loud by the means of your tattoo.
Punjab has a fierce history of the Sikh warriors especially when the religion had just started. They were referred to as Nihand or Akali which is derived from the Akali Dal discovered by Guru Hargobind Singh. One other source of inspiration could be Fateh Singh. These warriors were distinguished by the employment of techniques such as guerrilla warfare and their ruthlessness in the battlefields.
A gun can add a little badass-ness to your tattoo design.
Respecting your mom has always been there in every culture. This tattoo is dedicated to the mom of the wearer. The literal translation of the text is “My Mother”. I love the addition of the outline of this mother-child pair.
Full Arm Punjabi Text Tattoo
Parents are our greatest gifts. They are special to us because without them we would not have existed at all. Getting a tattoo showing your love for your mom and dad can be a sweet little gesture.
I like how the khanda has been placed inside the lion’s mane. It adds a little creativity to the design.
To define Khalsa is not as easy as it sounds as it refers to a whole community of Sikhs who follow the tenants of the ten gurus of the faith. It was initiated by the tenth guru, Guru Gobind Singh. It is since then that the males and the females have been ascribed to special titles like Singh and Kaur respectively.
Guru Nanak holds the most prominent position in the Sikh religion as he is responsible for the advent of it. All his teachings have been inscribed in the book compiled by the fifth guru, Guru Arjan Dev called Guru Granth Sahib.
This Ek Onkar armband looks extremely cool and ornamental.
I like how the Khandha has been placed right in front of the lion where he is roaring fiercely.
These two words are used for the Lord who is without fear or enmity. He is the all-loving almighty. On a much deeper level, it is also referred to all the followers of this religion who must strive to be Nirbhau and Nirvair.
The nape of the neck is a great place to get something bold as this tattoo done.
Complete Punjabi Themed Tattoo
I like how the wearer has made his full arm tattoo to be Punjab themed. It is actually a representation of the courage and fearlessness of the faith which the warriors have displayed in the past and has been carried forward by the new generation.
This Khandha tattoo covers the whole back. If you like, you can add some more detailings or write a quote to complete the look.
This wearer has inked her own name in the Punjabi script. I like how she has added some soaring birds to complete the look. They make the design look delicate and elegant.
You and your friend or a loved one can get matching tattoos that will not only show your love for the faith but also strengthen your bond with them.
Miniature Ek Onkar Tattoo
A little Onkar tattoo would look absolutely lovely on the nape of the neck.
A little tattoo on the side of the wrist would look very pretty.
It looks as if the tiger is emerging out of the Khandha in this tattoo design. You can replace the tiger with a lion or just a lion’s head.
A portrait tattoo would be amazing if you want to display your love and affection for someone you admire.
Warrior and Khanda Tattoo
Don’t you just love how the Khandha is placed behind the warrior’s head like a halo? It takes the whole tattoo to a spiritual and religious level.
This full arm tattoo is totally Sikh themed. It has everything from the eagle to the Khandha and the Ek Onkar symbol. You can add some text from the religious scriptures as it will really enhance the effect of the whole design.
Text tattoos are great because they are pretty straightforward in conveying what the stand for. I like how this tattoo has a background that makes it distinct from the rest of the arm. In fact, the background allows deeper attention to the text.
Black and White Warrior Tattoo
Like the Khandha halo that we discussed above, the whole thing can be replaced with other elements too. I think adding some significant places to the background would be pretty amazing too. You may also add some warrior symbols to the whole design.
The Khandha here is not really colorful but the patterns on it are very attractive. You don’t really need that many colors when you have intricate patterns in it. I love, however, that how these things have been shaded a bit to give it depth.
This is a very simple pattern with basic colors. However, the way the shaded effect has been given has really made a difference to the whole design.
This pattern has the Khanda in the background of the Religious leader. It is one of the most significant emblems for the Sikhs as the cross is for the Christians. It is representative of the tenants of this religion. We have already discussed how it is made up of three parts including, a double-edged sword which stands of Divine Knowledge, the Chakra, which stands for a perfect Lord, and finally, the two swords on both sides, that represent the concept of Miri-Piri, the earthly and spiritual authority. And this is what consists of a part of this religion.