Icosahedron tattoo meaning and symbolism

I was looking for a tattoo with meaning and came across the icosahedron. I like it because there’s no beginning and no end as well as the mathematical look of it.

To me this tattoo symbolizes that life is continuous; our bodies take in food, we go through people, places , and events in our lives, but when we die there is no end, we return back to nature to start all over again.

I like this tattoo artwork because it looks really cool and it has a good meaning.. So I think the icosahedron tattoo is perfect for me.

Icosahedron tattoo behind the neck
Icosahedron tattoo behind the neck @veerlecoppoolse

What is an Icosahedron?

The Icosahedron is one of the five platonic solids . It’s a polygon with 20 faces and each face is an equilateral triangle.

Platonic Solids are the only five geometric shapes that are found in nature and they were believed to be used by ancient philosophers like Pythagoras. The tetrahedron (4 faces), cube (6 faces), octahedron (8 faces), dodecahedron (12 faces) and the Icosahedron (20 faces).

I cosider myself to be an environmentalist, so the earth is a perfect icosahedron. A lot of things in nature are held together by ionic bonds , which form geometrical figures, like the atoms in our body. So there is some sense that geometry exists in nature.

The Icosahedron is part of the world of geometry that includes shapes with multiple faces. The triangle faces of an icosahedron are equilateral, so all angles will be 60 degrees.

As a tattoo, the geometric symbol can be a great piece representing a connection to nature or representing female energy. It’s also often seen as a science related tattoo.

Different Meanings of  Icosahedron tattoos

Icosahedral numbers are numbers that involve the number 20. As a tattoo, these numbers can represent eternity or having a lot of children. It’s also used to represent things in nature, because there is always something new coming from life and nature.

Icosahedral geometry is the study of shapes like this molecule. This area has grown to include many different types of research and applications for engineering, such as building structures that can support large weight loads in a lightweight material.

Geometry is another meaning that refers to the mathematical properties that are used in everyday life. The five platonic solids are the most important shapes in geometry.

Icosahedron arm tattoo with an eye
Icosahedron arm tattoo with an eye @ tocinofunky

The platonic solids are symmetrical figures that can be made by cutting a polyhedron along lines, where each line is on an edge between two faces, so there will never be any new corners or edges created. All of the corners and edges must match exactly. The five shapes are the tetrahedron (with 4 faces), the cube (6 faces), the octahedron (8 faces), the dodecahedron (12 faces) and the icosahedrons (20 faces).