Jessica wrote:Funny you should say that. It's actually been something that's been bugging me recently. I was looking for something, but I keep finding symbols which technically mean "strength" or "love" or whatever, but they don't really mean it to me. Like... if I believed in it, it would mean something. And, the same with some of the math symbols, because I find they mean something, but not the something that I could find reassuring to put on me.
Damn, being without a belief structure, and not really enjoying math anymore is making things hard
You don't need a "belief structure" per se to find your own symbolism.
I, for example, was deeply involved in/addicted to Diablo II:LoD during college. I played for hours and hours over years and years, and got extremely good at an aspect of the game that I focused on (long story about that). I ended up learning a lot about myself and what I was capable of doing if I really put my mind to something. Not to mention I made some great friends, whom I will never forget. The game has ever since had a place close to my heart.
For those that haven't played the game, there's these little collectible items called "runes" that have certain powers when paired with other items. Each rune also has a little, somewhat tribal-looking graphic, as you can see here.
If I wanted a tattoo that means "strength" to me, I might get a Fal rune as a tattoo. I do want something like "strength," actually, but I'm not going with the Fal rune. I'm going to step it up a notch and get a Zod rune. I'm also going to get 5 other particular runes together, and they will mean "honor."
If I wanted something like "love" as a tattoo, I'd consider a small version of the FFVIII logo (without the words/letters, of course). If you haven't played that game, you probably won't understand, but my point is that symbolism is everywhere, and if what matters is that the symbolism means something to you, then all you have to do is sit back and take a trip through your past to find it.
(If these don't qualify as "Nerdy Tattoo Ideas," nothing will )