AWESOME TRIBAL TATTOO DESIGNS, CHOOSE YOUR NEXT INK!

Tatuajes tribales: descubre sus significados, estilos e ideas para tu próximo tatuaje.

Tribal tattoos, made with black ink, are clear proof of how old the ornamentation is on the skin. Although they are inspired by tribal designs from several centuries ago, they are still very popular.

Nowadays, both men and women have many different styles to choose from. According to the tattoo style, not only does the appearance vary, but also its meaning changes. 

Tribal tattoos: meaning

The different tribal tattoos date back to the time when human beings lived divided by tribes. To distinguish themselves from each other, the tribesmen marked their bodies with different designs. The existing variety was created to express one or more of these tribal meanings:

  • Belonging to a particular tribe.
  • Reflection of personal achievements and social position.
  • Sample of religious or spiritual beliefs.

Undoubtedly, the meaning of each specific type of tribal tattoo varies considerably. Nowadays these tattoos are not made for those reasons and their meaning or purpose is more aesthetic than symbolic. Despite this, a modern tribal tattoo doesn’t have to be meaningless.

Tribal tattoo styles

The style that characterizes a traditional tribal tattoo is such a wide variety that it’s almost unbelievable. However, the current tribal style often follows the same interlocking pattern and often incorporates thick lines.

Some of them are mixed with modern images or even include some colors, unlike most old ones. But the fluidity of shapes that abound in original tribal designs is always maintained.

Most popular tribal tattoos for men

There has never been a single tribal tattoo because from the beginning, several have been created differently. Tribal tattoos on the shoulder and other areas of the body are considered a sign of masculinity and strength.

In fact, in ancient times, men who had the most tattoos were seen as the most courageous. That’s because of how extremely painful it was to do these types of tattoos, much more so than now.

Haida

Haida tribal tattoo styles are usually done on the chest, back, arms, and shoulders. Their influence stems from Native American astrology and typically represents fish, beavers, bears, and thunderbirds.

Their beliefs were based on that if they had a specific animal tattooed, they took some of their strength for themselves. Due to this, these types of tattoos usually reflect a masculine and forceful air.

Maori

New Zealand Maori tattoos were commonly done on the legs, arms, and face. In the case of facials, they were drawn individually and they are all unique. These indicated social statuses, as well as the rank of whoever carried it, his achievements, and his profession. 

Today’s Maori tribal tattoos stand out for being very intricate and with great craftsmanship. Therefore, there are a large number of designs to choose from.

Polynesia

Polynesian tattoo images are inspired by fish hooks and animals like lizards and turtles. At the same time, the symbols of tattoos were considered as a type of language. This could indicate family history, spiritual beliefs, or represent social status.

They are performed on some parts of the body such as the legs, arms, shoulders, and chest. In addition, some symbols contain particular meanings, for example, the shells symbolize wealth and the shark’s teeth protection.

Samoan Tattoo

They are among the most popular types of tribal essence tattoos and are very varied. Designs for men are characterized by being large and very intricate.

In ancient times, they were used on the lower extremities as protection or cover against wild animals found on land and sea. Among the Samoan favorite styles are the sunrays, the marquee cross, and the swirls in the ocean.

Most popular tribal tattoos for women

As it is now, not only men sport tribal arm tattoos or other parts of the body. Being of legal age, the young women were tattooed as a part of an initiation ritual. In other tribes, they made it prove that they could be strong enough to have children.

Today, many tribal tattoos have been designed for women, which are inspired by ancient cultures. However, don’t miss the opportunity to mix them with modern ideas that attract even more attention.

Dayak

They are originally from the island Borneo, which is located in the Southeast Asia region, and symbolized protection and achievement. These generally represent dragons, spirals, or scorpions in striking colors, but the floral theme is the most popular.

The original rose design is oversized and was worn on the legs, chest, or back of the shoulder area.

Celts

Ancient Celtic culture is perceived through some Celtic tribal tattoos that include trees and birds. There are also those drawings that represent humans and dogs in an intertwined spiral way. 

From this tribe, which resided mainly in Ireland, England, and France, tattoo models with angel wings are also taken.

Mayas

They are among the ancient civilizations that were able to create their writing system. They invented hieroglyphs and symbols, but their flower is the star of many Mayan tattoos. That’s because they considered that this flower aesthetic had power and dominated things.

Aztecs

They became part of the group of tribes with the highest level of body decoration, due to their graphic drawings. With them, freedom, strength, courage and the feeling of belonging are represented.

Previously they only included lines, but today their variety has been enriched with animals, flowers or letters.

Modern

They are preferred because it’s thought that they mix the best details of the ancient world and the present. Although the truth is that many modern designs bear little resemblance to traditional ones.

Whatever the case, there are options in different styles and sizes that have become a real trend. Like the tribal bracelet on the arm.

And you? Do you already know what tribal tattoo you will get?

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