Tattoos depicting the lotus flower can frequently be seen on people. Placement of the tattoo may be according to ones' choice. The tattoo may be in combination with various other symbols which may signify its meaning and importance. The color of the flower also contributes symbolically, like the white lotus means purity and transcendence; pink lotus signifies the supreme One, the Great Buddha and Goddess Lakshmi; the red lotus expresses compassion and passion; blue signifies the supremacy of the eternal over the temporal.
According to Egyptian mythology, a lotus is a flower that is created from the fluid chaos of the world. Nun and the Sun God, Atum walked out of it to spread light all over the cosmos. One of the versions of this mythical tale also suggest that the Sun God emerged out of the petals of the flower as Ra. In Ancient Egypt it was rightly taken as a symbol of genesis, revival and restoration.
Buddhism adopted the concept of "Om Mani Padme Hum" - a hymn that celebrates the 'jewel in lotus'- the essence and spirit of being rooted in the core of all mankind. In this religion, Lotus symbolizes fortune and purification. The flower, which takes birth in mud, teaches a common man a valuable lessen by blooming out of that murky environment to achieve enlightenment. It resemble the cleansing or purifying of the spirit that arises from a muddy surrounding. Hence lotus as a flower symbolizes the journey and advancement of the soul through the transcendence of the material world to be one with the supreme soul., thus making it a strong creation archetype.
Christianity has the white lily depicting the same symbolic message as the lotus, related to Mary the Virgin mother, which signifies chastity and fecundity. Doesn't, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" echo "Om Mani Padme Hum".
In Hindu Mythology, the utterance of first, 'om' brought forth the first "golden lotus", where it is also the seat of Brahma (the creator). According to Bhagwad Gita, Man should be like the lotus; working without getting emotionally or physically attached. His actions should be solely dedicated to Him without committing any sin. The position of a lotus in yoga, called padmasana, is practiced by those aiming for inner peace by letting the flow of vital energy in the upward direction.