When looking around for good tattoo ideas, tribal tattoos usually feature prominently in any tattoo gallery. This is because tribal tattoos are the most versatile type of tattoo. There are thousands, possible tens of thousands different designs to choose from and they can be easily customized if you are going for a truly unique, one of a kind tattoo.
Tribal tattoos have been around since the beginning of human civilization. Evidence has been uncovered that show various ancient civilizations used to tattoo their bodies. From ancient Egyptians, Native Americans, Maori, Polynesian and even some African tribes, tattoos are a big part of the world’s cultural heritage.
The modern day tribal tattoos are ‘borrowed’ from many cultures from around the world. Each tattoo has a deep meaning associated with it. Before choosing a tattoo, you should try to understand its meaning and how it will relate to your life. Tribal tattoos were mostly used to show membership to the tribe, each tribe had a unique design that members used to identify each other. Other uses included marking a rite of passage, commemorating special events in a person’s life (usually marriage or battle events) or in Native American traditions, to symbolize one’s spirit animal.
Tribal tattoos are popular because they can be inked on any part of the body. There are small simple tattoo designs that fit perfectly on the arm, calf, wrist or shoulder. For those willing to take their tattoo experience further, there are larger more intricate designs that can cover the whole arm, shoulder, chest or even the face (not advisable if this is your first tattoo job though).
Due to the abundance of tribal tattoo designs from all over the world, there are countless different designs to choose from. There are the standard tribal tattoo designs that usually feature thick interlocking black lines forming various patterns, these are the tattoos that immediately come to mind when one thinks about tribal tattoos. But apart from these, there are tribal tattoos that feature birds, animals and mythical creatures (mostly dragons). There are also cultural tattoos, the most popular being Maori, Aztec, native American and Polynesian tattoos.
The key to selecting good tattoo ideas is picking something that is not only appealing to you, but also a tattoo that can fit into your lifestyle. The infinite choices you have when selecting tribal tattoos means that there is always something for everyone. If you work in a formal office setup, you may want to pick a tattoo that can be easily concealed during work hours. If your work is not constrictive, then you can be more adventurous and go for a larger, more intricate tattoo design like former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson who got a tribal face tattoo.