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Aztec Tattoo Designs And Meanings-Aztec Tattoo Ideas And Symbolism

Updated on May 15, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One unique tattoo that you may find interest in is the Aztec tattoo. Aztec tattoo designs can include a variety of different symbols related to the Aztecs. Aztec tattoos come in a variety of different symbols, sizes, and colors. Aztec tattoos are worn by both men and women. Commonly, Aztec tattoo designs include a lot of detail and look much better as a larger sized tattoo. Aztec tattoos can also hold symbolic value to the men and women that wear such tattoos. If you are looking for a unique tattoo, the Aztec tattoo is one that you will want to consider.

In this article, we will discuss Aztec tattoos and Aztec tattoo designs. You will learn about Aztec tattoo meanings and you will have the opportunity to view a variety of Aztec tattoo designs. Not all of the tattoos listed in this article are authentic Aztec tattoos. Some of theme are solely based on the Aztec theme. In the end, we hope that you are able to find inspiration and ideas for your next tattoo.



Aztec tattoo designs offer men and women some of the most creative tattoo designs available in the world. There are several different Aztec symbols that are used in Aztec tattoo designs. Aztec symbols such as the Aztec sun, warrior, and calendar are all used in such tattoos. The Aztecs would tattoo these same symbols on members of the tribe, only suring sacred rituals. Just like other tribes across the world, the Aztecs would receive tattoos for special accomplishments and to distinguish one tribe from the other.

When it comes to popular Aztec tattoo symbols, the Aztec sun is the most popular. The sun was very important to the Aztecs. The Aztecs commonly worshipped the sun and they made sacrifices to the all important sun god. The Aztec sun god was the most important god of all. The Aztec sun god was the protector of the heavens. The Aztec sun symbolizes the beliefs of the afterlife.

The eagle was also a very important symbol of the Aztecs. Many Aztec warriors would receive the eagle tattoo when they were ready and worthy of it's symbolism. To the Aztecs, the eagle represented courage, bravery, strength, power, and honor. Over the centuries, the Aztec eagle tattoo has seen many changes. The original Aztec eagle holds its head toward the west with the beak open. The originial eagle has distinguished feathers on the head.

The Aztec warrior tattoo is also a very popular choice as a tattoo. Aztec warriors lived a very dangerous life, often filled with battle, wars, and acts of violence. The Aztecs believed in the sacrifice of humans and animals. Most prisoners of the Aztecs would be sacrificed to keep all the gods happy and satisfied. Aztec warriors were some of the most brutal warriors the world has ever seen. The Aztec warrior tattoo represents the human soul in the afterlife. The Aztec warrior can also represent power and strength. One popular variation of the Aztec warrior tattoo has the warrior's head as a skull.



The Aztec warrior god Tezcatlipoca is another popular Aztec tattoo symbol that is chosen as a tattoo. He is famous for sticking his tongue out, which you can see in the tattoos on this page. He was actually associated to war and he was invisible. The serpent god Quetzalcotl is another Aztec symbol that is tattooed in modern day. Quetzalcotl is the god of weather, fertility, and creativity. He is believed to be the most powerful Aztec god. This tattoo can symbolize power, strength, and authority.

Although many men and women choose Aztec tattoos for meaning, the others choose them because of the unique Aztec art. Aztec tattoos are very creative and they are sure to catch everyone's eyes. The Aztec art and design makes for some great unique tattoo designs. Out of all the tattoo symbols available in the world, the Aztec tattoo ranks among the best designed tattoo designs.

Those of you that have Aztec roots or are part of the ancient bloodline may decide to get a tattoo to symbolize that relationship. Perhaps, you have followed their traditions and history. You may have a high level of respect for the Aztec culture. Then again, perhaps you enjoy the beautiful art of the Aztecs. Whatever reason it is, Aztec tattoos have so much to offer. They are sure to grab the attention of everyone.

There are a few things to remember before you go and get your tattoo. As you are now, take the time to research your tattoo. Make sure you fully understand what your tattoo symbolizes and represents. Don't rush to get inked. If you do, you are likely to regret it later down the road. Think it through, do your research, and view a variety of tattoo pictures and designs. This will give you an idea of what to expect, plus you can see what you like and don't. If you are not sure about Aztec tattoos, be sure to follow the links below to view more tattoo symbols, designs, ideas, and meanings. Thanks for your visit.



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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      *Rosemay, thanks for dropping in. You're such a sweetheart. I don't know why that is. I really hate this new format/interface on my tattoo hubs. The bottom of the page looks so unprofessional.

      *Gypsy, thanks again doll. I am always appreciated. Will see you soon.

      *Frank, much love pal. I enjoy your writing Frank. You write on a professional level my friend. Your welcome. I appreciate you taking the time to drop by all the time. Cool beans.

      *Max, great to hear from you. It is the new interface design by Hubpages. I hate it. If I knew it wouldn't hurt my views, I would change the category. Appreciate your kind words and support Max.

      *HBN, I am always grateful dear friend. Much thanks for your time, support, kind words, and votes my dear. Thanks.

      *Kash, it is great that you were able to view this article. Glad you liked it. Many thanks and see you around.

      MFM, thanks for taking the time to read my article. I do value anyone's opinion, but I must disagree. If I wanted a tattoo to symbolize my Christianity, my faith, I just don't see God calling it sinful. I don't agree with what the Aztecs did. I am merely stating facts. That is your view and I can respect that. To create a tattoo and it being sin, I disagree 100%. A lion tattoo ony my arm doesn't change the relationship I have with God, nor my faith and religion. But that is my opinion, no disrespect.

      *Alocsin, no doubt! I would like to check that out. Thanks for pointing that out. I wasn't sure about that one. I had 2 more I wasn't sure about so I hope they pan out. Thanks Alocsin.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I have a special fondness for Aztec culture and in fact, published a book about them. The intricacy of the calendar stone on some of the examples is astounding. I do have to correct one image, though. The red and black eagle about eighth from the bottom isn't Aztec but is a Northwest Coast Native American design, most likely Haida. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Man from Modesto 5 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      God still hates tattoos. The Aztecs worshiped demon-gods. A Christian should not make duplicates of things in the heavens or under the earth. Just to create them is sin. To mark one on the body?

      Lyricwriter- recently the Holy Spirit reminded me of my message to you about dropping this. He has not changed his mind on this. I sincerely hope you will pray about this, and consult scripture.


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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, these are some real cool looking tattoos !

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Fascinating read with many examples of the Aztec tattos which are quite amazing in the details and large scale of them.

      I always enjoy your tatto articles because they are so beautifully laid out and very comprehensive.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Wow, how enchanting! I always loved Aztec designs, just never knew the meanings, thank you heaps for this absolutely wonderful hub, opened my eyes on many things! And it seems that I can't find the voting button too, is it something wrong with this particular hub design or is it something wrong from my side?

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      man the lyricwriter these are off the chain good! voted awesome :) and thanks for checking out my older stuff you're the man!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great job as always and fascinating.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Hi Ricky

      This is one of the most fascinating articles on tattoos you have done. I found it extremely interesting and enjoyed reading the history.

      Thank you and voting up with many buttons pushed.


      Or I would vote up if I could find the 'UP' button. Sadly it seems to have vannished.