Scale tattoo meaning and symbolism

In modern society, the most common use of scales represents something that has been done right or wrong in life. In other words, achieving balance in one’s life. A scale could also represent justice or fairness, equality or even the law.

Why is a scale used as a symbol for justice?

The idea of justice we know today is a very old and common symbol. There is no precise data about who and when precisely created the scales as‐a‐symbol for justice, but it can be said that probably initially they were used in Egypt [more likely by the Egyptians since there are several mentions of “scales” or “weights” in the Old Testament (see Exodus chapter 21)]. The idea of justice was closely related to the concept of “Maat”, which is an Egyptian goddess that personifies truth, balance, and order.

The scales as a symbol that initially represented justice, but later evolved into meaning much more than just justice. Scales are also used as symbols in various other contexts, such as mathematics, the music industry, and even in cooking. However, when someone sees a scale in a tattoo, they can be sure that it has something to do with justice.

What does a scale tattoo mean?

A scale tattoo could also be a good representation of your personality. One may see scales as someone who is persistent, honest and reliable; all characteristics that go hand in hand with responsibility.

Therefore if you are looking for an attractive tattoo to represent one or all of these traits then maybe you should consider getting yourself a scale tattoo.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a tattoo that will teach you not to judge a book by its cover then maybe you should get yourself a scale tattoo and represent what it truly means to be unbiased, impartial and fair.

The scale tattoo design could also represent the balance of nature, stability, or even the weight of your own soul. A scale means you are fair and unbiased in all situations.

Who is lady justice?

Lady justice is a personification of the moral force in judicial systems. She can be seen as a symbol of truth and justice. She was created by the Greeks and Romans and she belongs to the god “Themis” who ruled over divine law and order, natural law and chaos, as well as being the personification of mother earth’s fertility.

Lady justice is portrayed as a woman who represents fairness and equality; she has scales in her left hand to represent objectivity, which means that everyone is equal before the law. Lady Justice is usually seen with a blindfold, which means she doesn’t make judgments based on fear or favor.

What does lady justice symbolize?

Lady justice symbolizes justice and righteousness. Her statue is present in front of many courthouses around the world as a sign to bring balance, order, and peace among citizens and future defendants who will stand there to hear their verdicts.

The scales represent her impartiality and uprightness. She also holds a sword which represents punishment for those who violate the law.

What’s the best place to put a scale tattoo?

Depending on the size of the scale tattoo you want to get, there are several places where it can be placed.

If you want to get a small tattoo then it should be made on your wrist, ankle, lower back or shoulder. Medium size tattoos look great on the entire arm and especially on the forearm. On the other hand, if you are looking for a large scale tattoo to cover a bigger part of your body then getting one inked on your upper thigh or on your back is definitely a great choice.

Now that we know the meaning and symbolism of scales tattoos, let’s take a look at some of the coolest scale tattoos designs:

This girl obviously wants to show her balance and equality with herself and others around her. She probably loves playing chess or doing something similar where she has to be focused and not let her emotions take over.

scale upper back tattoo
scale upper back tattoo @its_banzo

This woman is an artist that knows the importance of balance in everything she does, from her life to her art.

While this guy also has a very cool tattoo on his upper arm, I must say that he is struggling to find the balance his emotions and his judgment. This huge piece looks like two different worlds coming together to create something great.

scale arm tattoo
scale arm tattoo @ nomadarthive

This person’s tattoo is quite big and the scales are almost covering his forearm arm in its entirety. What I like about this piece is that it looks really well done and the details are stunning.

scale leg tattoo
scale leg tattoo @ sjv_tattoos

This girl’s tattoo is probably one of my favorite scale tattoos that are both big and detailed at the same time. this tattoo represents the balance found in nature.

Wrap up

It’s very difficult to pass judgment on someone for their tattoos. There are so many different styles out there and you can’t really know what a person is thinking when they decide to get one.

The scale tattoo, as well as any other design, should be judged based solely on the person who’s wearing it rather than the design itself. There are so many meanings behind this tattoo and it looks great on both men and women.