It is impossible to determine the origin of tribal tattoos because throughout history, tattoos have been done on both men and women to enhance, decorate and modify their skin. Many tattoos are expressions of personal freedom and showing your creativity.
tattoos, however, have to do with traditions that mark a person as a
member or non-member of their community or tribe. They're also used to
express religious, magical, or spiritual and personal beliefs. We all
have a feeling of a need to belong, which is the most basic reason for
the renewed powers of tribal tattoos. This form of body art has quite a
simple appeal, we like the way they look and it reinforces a positive
feeling about ourselves and connects us to an element of an ancient
In African tattoo history, it shows that their designs
came in the shape of animals, plants, spirits and their ancestry. Other
cultures designs include Aztec sun clocks, Eskimo totems, and many
different Native American tribes. Many tribal designs use heavy lines to
create the designs. The patterns are typically all black, but colored
body art are becoming popular today.
The tribal tattoos that we
see today are modernized versions of the originals. The styles are
similar, but are lacking the original belief. They're popular today
among many celebrities, quite a few have tribal designs tattooed
Another reason why tribal tattoos are gaining more
popularity is because of the fact that they are easy to draw. Amateur
tattoo artists typically practice on tribal tattoo designs in the
beginning. Tribal tattoos are one of the simplest designs to ink. They
usually just involve loops, swirls, crescents and sharp edges that are
interlaced with each other. The designs are typically symmetrical, one
of the reasons why they're fairly easy to draw.
The most common
places you will see tribal designs are typically wrapped around the arm
or ankle. Other common areas are the back or neck. In some of the
original cultures, they were far more intricate and some that could take
up most of their body. In some cultures, tribes in New Zealand, Brazil,
and others, tribal tattoos would be done on the face.
tattoos are just as common in temporary tattoos today, as well. They can
be found mostly in temporary transfer and airbrush tattoos. The designs
can be a bit more intricate because they can have finer lines compared
to real tattoos.
The temporary airbrush tattoos can last for a few
days if taken care of properly. The temporary transfer tattoos can last
up to a week or more. With the latest trend of glitter tattoos, tribal
designs are quite popular. That way kids and teens can enjoy having
temporary body art.
Whether temporary or permanent, tribal tattoos
will continue to be a widely used and chosen design. Tribal tattoos
have grown and taken on new meaning today. The cultural reasons for the
existence are still there, but now are also worn as a form of self
expression and art.