Tribal Arm Tattoos And Arm Band Ideas With Images For Men; Tribal Art And History Of Ancient Tattooing

TRIBAL ARM TATTOOS


One of the most popular art styles in tattooing is tribal art. Tribal art tattoos are very popular and they are done throughout the entire world. Tribal tattoos are mainly wore by men, but women do get this tattoo design. Tribal tattooing is a sacred practice in many tribes and all should respect their culture, pride, and heritage. This article is just for examples as some of the tattoos in this article are not traditional tribal tattoos. This page is for example only and the author means no disrespect to anyone.

In this article, we will briefly discuss tribal tattooing history. We will also review tribal tattoos and tribal tattoo designs. This article focuses tribal arm tattoos and tribal arm tattoo designs. In the end, we hope that you are able to find ideas and inspiration from the many tribal tattoo designs In this article.





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TRIBAL TATTOOING HISTORY


Tribal tattoos have been popular for thousands of years. And even at this age and time, tribal tattoos are very popular among men and even women. Tribal tattoos were very symbolic in the past among the tribes and natives that wore them proudly. They wore these tattoos for a variety of different reasons. For the most part, these tattoos were used to rank each member in the tribe. They were used to mark certain accomplishments and passages throughout one's life. They were used for religious and spiritual purposes as well. For women, they were even used to mark fertility. For example only, one member may get a specific tattoo for completing a brave journey. He or she would forever have this tattoo to symbolize that occasion. This was a common practice for such cultures for thousands of years.






Tribal tattoo origins date back centuries. These tattoos are usually solid black ink markings that form continuous lines. These linear lines can also group together to form an image of some type. In ancient times, the soot and ash that were used only created a blackish color.






Tribal tattoos were very common in the past amongst tribes and natives. Each member of the tribe would use these tattoos as markings for achievements and to determine where they rank among the tribe. Since needles did not exist in early times, they used special tools that cut the skin. These cuts were filled in with ash and soot. Once finished, the ash and soot would dry and turn black in color. It would fill the skin and the design would be distinct and form an image or marking. Hand-tapping tattoos followed many years later. This is when they would use a sharp tool that punctured the skin repeatedly. This style of tattooing is known as "tapping". They would place the sharp object over the skin and tap the object into the skin. It was filled in with the same ash and soot that was used in the past. Both processes would be painful, but it was a way of life. Those that wear these tattoos wear them proudly and with honor.






Tattooing in the ancient past among these cultures were used for identification purposes also. Some of the first cultures that used such methods were the Maori, Berbers, and the Hausa. These tattoos were very symbolic and every marking has a meaning. Although it is rare in this age and time, there are still tribes and cultures that continue to practice these same methods as their ancestors used many years ago.





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TRIBAL TATTOOING

As you have already read, tribal tattooing has been practiced for centuries. The classic tribal tattoo is black in color. There are usually linear lines that form some type of image. In Hawaii, there tattoos may form a volcano or plant. African tattoos would support plants also and even animals. As you can see, they are a variety of different styles, depending on what area you discuss and what point in history it takes place. But none the less, the traditional tribal tattoo is black and linear.


Although the traditional tribal tattoo remains black, you are beginning to see more and more of them colored. Many people want a tattoo that is colorful and the traditional tribal tattoo is plain in that since. As you can see in the top picture, gray is used as the main color, but the outline remains black. The same can be said with the tattoo on the right. Although red and black are both being used, the outline is still black. So to some historical sense, it is along the lines of traditional customs. Others may disagree. Many people and even tattoo artist believe in the traditional aspect of tribal tattoos. They may not agree to do a tattoo out of the traditional barrier.


The tattoo on the right is an example of a Hawaiian tribal tattoo. You can clearly see how the linear lines form images in this tattoo. Hawaiian natives wear these tattoos proudly and with honor. It is not uncommon to see Hawaiian natives with these tribal tattoos. These tattoos usually hold deep symbolic meaning to the one who wears them.

TRIBAL ART HISTORY

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TATTOO BODY AREAS AND THE MEANING OF THE "SUN"

Tribal tattoos are very popular among well built men. They are also very popular among those that are culturally influenced, such as Hawaii and Africa. In this age and time, there are many different varieties of styles and colors that are used in the tribal sense. Among men, the arm and shoulders are the ideal spot for a tribal tattoo. These tattoos usually have no overall meaning and can be wore as a full arm sleeve tattoo. Others will have the length of the arm tattooed and carried to the top of the shoulder. Some will carry the shoulder tattoo into the chest area or the side. These tattoos look really good on well built arms, shoulders, and chest.




As you can see on the right, the tribal arm tattoo is usually carried from the edge of the shoulder to the end of the elbow. All though the lines are continuous, they don't always form an image. This tribal tattoo has no overall meaning or typical design. Even so, the pattern of this tattoo can't be ignored. Tribal tattoos are an eye catcher and a great design for those who can't select an overall image.






This tattoo shows the tribal designs around the sun. The tattoo is done in traditional tribal black. In symbolic meaning, the sun can stand for a few different things. In most cases, it is seen as the provider of life on Earth. Without the sun, life can't exist. In tribal art, the sun is the reason for life. It is seen as a power source. It is the cause of dusk and dawn. You will usually see a portrait of someone inside a sun with rays. This is for protection from the dark and dangerous.







The sun is also very important in ancient stories and mythology. Almost every story and tale that has passed through time involves the sun. Many believed that the sun was the center of the universe. The sun played a very important role for many different cultures at different ages throughout history. The Mayans were one of them. Their knowledge of the universe was beyond their time. The sun can be seen in ancient Mayan arts.






The sun was also important to the Japanese, Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. The sun is seen as a symbol of power in mythology and many stories revolve around the sun and stars. The Japanese mention the sun in important old scriptures. You can find the sun in Roman times, as well as the Egyptians. The Egyptians built pyramids that involved the sun. It is also seen in ancient drawings and it was considered very important.






The sun was very important to many different cultures and civilizations. The Mayans believed that the sun symbolized leadership and strength. They believed it was a symbol of a higher power. All though these tattoos are given without symbolic meaning, many still get them to represent these same beliefs. It is just one example of the images that were used in tribal art. Scorpions, dragons, flames, and butterflies are also used in tribal art and tattooing.

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TRIBAL ARM BANDS AND SYMBOLIC MEANING


The arm, shoulder, and chest may be popular areas for tribal tattooing, but tribal bands are also very popular among men. These tribal bands are just like any other tribal tattoo, using linear lines or continuous lines to form an image. These bands are usually black, but as we have seen in the past decade or so, more and more color is being added to tribal tattoos.



In ancient cultures, bands were given but they usually covered the entire wrist area, from the hand to the shoulder. It wasn't uncommon for the entire body to be covered in tribal markings. Many cultures in ancient times practiced such methods. No body part would be safe, well, maybe just a few. More then likely, the more tattoos you have, the higher the rank in the community.




In present day and time, tribal arm bands are becoming more common. If you are seeking a small tattoo and you like the tribal style and design, this may be the route you want to choose. They are generally located between the shoulder and the elbow on the upper arm. They can also be placed around the wrist area. Many people choose to get them between the shoulder and the elbow on the upper arm because they can be hidden by a shirt if need be. Once again, they typically look better on someone who is built in the arm or wrist area. This is not to say that it won't look good on you. It is just a typical body trait that the community is use too seeing.




Some people may want to get a matching tribal tattoo with tribal bands. In this case, your tribal arm tattoo will match with your tribal arm band or bands. You may just want to get one or the other. Either way, tribal tattoos are a great choice and very popular. You are sure to catch attention with them.




If you are part of Hawaiian, African, or other tribal cultures, you may want to get a tattoo that holds symbolic meaning. You may want to follow the same principles as your ancestors. Each culture has specific symbols that symbolize such meaning. Almost any tribal tattoo artist would be familiar with these symbols and they should be able to help you determine which one would fit you and your culture.




The same can be said for tribal tattoos that serve religious and spiritual purposes. In your culture, these types of tattoo markings may have high significance in your culture. You may not be sure if your culture has such symbolic meaning. Once again, check with a tribal tattoo artist in your area and they should be able to help you with that decision.

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COLORED TRIBAL ART AND PLACEMENT TIPS

The tattoo on the right is one of the few that is multi colored and without a black outline. I wanted to give you an example of it because you really don't see many of them without the outer black line. This tattoo is multi-colored and it is a nice looking tattoo. You can see the overall design of this tattoo in the lower right hand corner of the picture. The tattoo uses 3 overall colors, red, blue, and black. This is the type of tattoo that brings attention, just in case that is what you are seeking.





As I mentioned before, although this tattoo looks like one, it really is two. This picture shows a tribal tattoo at top and a tribal band on the bottom. When you look closely, you can see the difference. If the ink was matching, it would be more difficult to determine. Even so, it is easy to see the difference on this one. I just wanted to give you an example of the tattoos. I will highlight this though, I can't suggest this area for a tribal band. It is actually too low. You really want to have them centered between the shoulder and elbow or the wrist and elbow. Bands look good around the wrist as well. In this area as in the image, not so much.


The last two tattoos show how scales and other images can be put into these linear patterns. They are also multi-colored tribal tattoos. Although the scales on the tattoo on the right appear to add to the tattoo, I believe the size of the tattoo is too large. Some people would not even consider this a tribal tattoo because the lines are so far apart. But who am I to judge? You may like this pattern. I am only saying that I believe it should be slimmed down just a bit. I like the idea though.



If you are in the process of choosing your first tattoo style, tribal art gives you a variety of different choices. You may be looking to add a new tattoo. Either way, doing your research is very important. Make sure you choose a style and design that you want. If you are wondering what styles they are, just follow the links below. Make sure you choose a tattoo artist that you trust. Make sure they run a clean shop as well. Remember, you are the one that has to wear it for the rest of your life. Don't be afraid to ask a tattoo artist questions either. If you do your research right, you won't have regrets later. And if you are not sure that you have tribal roots, ask a tribal tattoo artist or do research to find out. Tribal tattoos hold deep symbolic meaning for some people and tattoo artist. Always be respectful with your questions. Lastly, tribal art is one of the oldest styles of tattooing there is. If you choose a symbol, make sure you know what it stands for before choosing to get it permanently. If you don't, you may regret it later down the road. Make sure you consider the body placement of the tattoo first also.

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Wow, some excellent designs here, with some fascinating explanations. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

This was a fascinating hub. As usual very informative and interesting. Love those crazy tattoos.


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Mentalist acer 4 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

It's funny how people with tattoos are perceived as bad boys and girls...but 99 9/10ths of them are gentle souls and deep thinkers....Thanks for sharing Ricky.;-))


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Some awesome history, pics and meanings of the tribal tats lyric. They do go way back. The ancient Scottish Picts were a ferocious tribe and according to the Romans were covered in tribal tats like you wrote, men and women!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Amazing collections of tattoos. It looks simple but still beautiful. Thanks for share with us. Rated up!

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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Alocsin, thanks for your comment, time, and votes my friend. I am glad you thought this article was informative. Best wishes and happy holidays.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Gypsy, thanks for coming by and for your thoughtful comment dear. Hope all is well. Many people really like these crazy designed tattoos. They are for certain an eye catcher. Happy holidays friend:)


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Mentalist, thanks for taking the time to come over and check this article. You are right. Even at this age and time, tattoos are frowned upon. That is why I think it is important for those people to understand the meanings of such tattoos. That is a true fact. It is art.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Alastar, thanks for coming by and added some historical value to the article friend. You are right. I have read on them a little and they were a wild group. Very symbolic tribe, even compared to other ancient tribes. Best wishes Alastar and happy holidays.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Prasetio, thanks for coming by and for your time and vote as well. I am glad you enjoyed it Prasetio. Hope you have a good one and see you soon.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, lyric, this is my sort of thing! I love tattoos, I remember seeing a program about New Zealand where the Maori's wore these symbols on the side of their faces, they looked amazing! great hub, and fascinating!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

As always, I learned so much about tattoos from your Hub. These are beautiful and have a powerful energy. You know I love tattoos anyway. Thanks for this interesting adventure into the world of tattoos.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

These tattoos are beautiful. Interesting history concerning tattoos. Thank you for sharing again..Cheers


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Truckstop Sally 4 years ago

Very interesting hub! The similarities between different tribal tatooes are amazing. I had no idea.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Ricky, those scales in the patterns look incredible!

A wonderful collection of different tattoos and very interesting history. Thank you for sharing and voted up, best wishes MM


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi thelyricwriter a very interesting and informative hub on the history of Tribal tattoos, great photos has well .

Awesome and vote up !!!


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Nell, thanks for taking the time to come by and check this article out. Hope all is well. Best wishes.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Hyphenbird, thanks for your time and comment. I appreciate your praise Hyp. I am glad you are able to take something away from these tattoo hubs. Take care.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

AE, appreciate your time and comment dear. I hope you enjoy them. Have a great day and Merry Christmas.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Sally, thanks for taking the time to read this article and comment. Although there are many different styles of tattoos, there are also a lot of similarities as well. Thanks for dropping by.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

MM,thanks for your time, comment, and votes my friend. Hope you are doing well. I am glad you think that way. Take care and best wishes.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Kash, thanks for coming by and for taking the time to read this. Tattoos are a very interesting art style. There is a lot of history behind each symbol and sign. Thanks and take care.


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bmukherjii 4 years ago

amazing body arts..I just love these nice designs


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

Bmkherjii, thanks for taking the time to read this article. Glad you enjoyed the tattoo designs.


KC_Marie 4 years ago

I actually found this site because of research for a book. There are some great tattoos here that i think will look great on my main character


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia Author

KC, thanks for your comment. I am glad you were able to get some ideas and best of luck with your project. Best wishes.


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

So very interesting! Tribal tattooing is so interesting--how did tattooing come to the west originally??

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