Tribal Tattoo Designs

Tribal tattoo is a very popular style amongst tattoo fans and is easily recognizable. They can be the sole element of a design or incorporated to accent a recognizable object or animal, used to compliment but not the main focus of the design. The tribal tattoo design is a very flexible style.

Origination of the tribal tattooing came from the concept that all members of a particular tribal group were tattooed with the same mark. It was a mandatory part of belonging to the tribe and was not an option. Refusing the ritual and participation could have adverse social issues for that tribal member. The tattoo itself was usually administered by a respected highly revered member of the tribe who held a special standing. Some tribes believe that certain symbols had the power to give them protection from evil and keep them safe.

Different cultures have different believes and rituals. The branding of a tribe member reaches back many centuries.

Narrowing down your selection will probably be the hardest part of selecting your piece of tribal tattoo design. The internet and many magazines and books have a hefty number of tribal designs. Take your time and make sure the general shape – horizontal or vertical, thick or thin – will fit well with the part of the body that you plan on placing it.

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