Tribal Tattoo Designs

In ancient times, many cultures represented their religion status through painting and representation of their believes. Tribal tattoos were mostly part of that representation and in many cases, these was part of their social status. Representation of their gods and spiritual symbols were also considered important when choosing tribal tattoos, playing an important role to advocate the power of the leaders.

In modern days, tribal tattoos are very popular and common among men either for religious believes or just masculinism. Usually, it could be tattooed on the sleeve, however depending on the representation of the tattoo, other part of the body can be use for it.

By contrast, tribal tattoos usually have a different design among women, inclusive having a different meaning. It is not certain if tribal tattoos were part of the women’s social status within those ancient cultures, however representing the gods and spiritual symbols was part of role played when ruling over others.

At the end, it does not matter the reason behind when getting a tribal tattoo, what is important here is the artistic expression and representation of the culture that you are tattooing.

Be careful on what the tattoo represents to you as this could be considered a lack of respect for other cultures. It could be seen as an insult of their spiritual believes. Always consider the interaction between what the tattoo express to you and what it express to others.

Here at Onpoint tattoos, are some examples of fantastic tribal tattoos on men and women. Take a closer look of their designs and try to identify what exactly is the artist expressing through their ink.

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Tribal on sleeve representing the sun and the land.


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Tribal on sleeve representing power animals.


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Tribal on sleeve representing Maya’s symbols.


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Tribal on leg with geometric symbols.


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Tribal on sleeve representing evolution.


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Tribal on sleeve with geometric symbols
Tribal on shoulder
Tribal representing nature.

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