Tribal tattoos

The impact of native and indigenous tribes extended even as far as designing and using tribal tattoos among their clans. As an art form, tribal tattoos have gained a lot of popularity due to the encouragement of young tribals. This art form included Maori designs, Eskimo totems and Aztec sun clocks, among others.

Other kinds of tribal tattoos are distinctive for their heavy lines and colors that help create an image. These stand apart from others due to their black line work, though color tattoos are equally common in this kind of tattoo art.

Tribal tattoos are known for their richness of color and variety-reason why there is such a surge of people wanting to go in for a tribal tattoo. Only recently, there has been a renaissance in tribal art and tattooing in the West and a lot of research on their arts, tattoos and lifestyles is being done.

Tribal tattoo symbolism:

This is one of the most interesting fallouts of tattooing industry. Once practiced by just a handful of tribals in the Pacific Island and African cultures, tribal tattooing is one of the most popular tattoo forms in the world. Its symbolism gives these tattoos an ethereal quality and skillfully closes the gap between the culturally rich past and a modern world.

The significance of tribal tattoos is to convey an experience rather than show an actual physical object. Their sharp black lines and aggressive patterns such as those of scorpions, butterflies, warriors and masks, make a bold statement of strength and protection.

Similar experiences with tribal islanders were seen near Polynesia. Here, for the past 3000 years, tribals have come out with a world of creative and wildly imaginative tattoos. In fact, legend has it that warriors in Borneo used and continue to use elaborate tribal tattoos to scare their enemies and to help their friends identify them.

In Samoa, if you saw a full body suit of tribal tattoos, this was considered a very necessary, though painful, rite of passage for a teenager entering adulthood.

Way down south among the Maoris of New Zealand, tribal tattoo symbolism took a quantum leap by regarding tattoos an absolute necessity in the afterlife. They followed the Moko style of tattoo according to which tribal tattoos are drawn on their faces since the tribals believed that these tattoos helped spirits find dead Maoris without which they could wander away and be lost forever.

Even though we look forward to modernity in the 21st century, tribal tattoos continue to blend the old aesthetic with modern tattoo techniques and intricate designs. These days, it is cool and hip to wear a tribal tattoo on your arm or shoulder or thigh-you choose where you want your tribal tattoo done, but remember no matter where you have it done, it’s sure to look awesome. And this awesome piece of body art is at least 3000 years and sprang from the belief that these symbols ward off the evil eye.