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Popular Tattoo Designs For Men And Women-Popular Tattoo Styles-Popular Tattoo Ideas

Updated on August 12, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

Tribal Tattoo Pictures

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Tribal Tattoos Designs

When it comes to tattoo styles, the tribal tattoo is one of the most popular and common tattoos you will see. Tribal tattoos are continuous lines that create a design or they can have no set pattern. Tribal tattoos are usually done in solid black ink to follow traditional practices, but some choose to add colors into their tribal tattoo design. Tribal tattoos are popular among men and women. The origins of tribal tattoos date back when ancient tribes used them to mark their status in the tribe, ranks, accomplishments, and completed task. Tribal tattoos are one of the top tattooing styles available.

Tribal tattoos can be placed in a variety of different locations on the body. The most common area for men include the upper arms, shoulders, and chest. Women often use tribal art on their lower back design. For example, they could get a lower back butterfly tattoo with tribal art in the design.

Butterfly Tattoo Pictures


Butterfly Tattoos Designs

Butterfly tattoos are a very common choice for many women. The beautiful colors and designs of the butterfly tattoo make for a great tattoo. The butterfly tattoo is also symbolic and represents many different meanings. Some people choose this design for meaning and others just like the beauty of the design. The most common meaning of the butterfly is "transformation". This meaning comes from the metamorphosis of the butterfly. This tattoo can also represent a new beginning. The butterfly tattoo holds many meanings and it is an eyecatching tattoo.

Women can get the butterfly tattoo design in many different locations. The sides, ankles, stomach, back shoulders, and the lower back are some of the common areas. Butterfly tattoos have a host of other designs that can be added to your design, such as dragonflies, flowers, hummingbirds, and multiple butterflies.

Lion Tattoo Pictures


Lion Tattoos Designs

The lion tattoo is a popular tattoo choice that is worn by men and holds symbolic meanings. The lion tattoo can be a head turning tattoo when done correctly and the tattoo artist captures the great detail of the lion. The lion is often called "the king of the jungle" or "the king of the animal kingdom". The lion holds deep meaning to ancient Egypt and other ancient cultures. The lion tattoo can symbolize leadership, authority, power, bravery, protection, courage, fearless, and wisdom.

The lion tattoo is usually placed on the upper arms or the back in most cases. Some people decide to choose a nice head design and others may want the entire lion portrayed as a back tattoo. The lion is also used as a Zodiac sign, "Leo". Some may also choose lion cubs for more of a cute looking tattoo.

Star Tattoo Pictures


Star Tattoos Designs

Star tattoos are a popular tattoo design for men and for women. Star tattoos come in a variety of different styles, such as the shooting star design, nautical star design, pentagram star design, and the Star of David design. Each star tattoo design has its own meanings. For example, the shooting star represents a moment in time that is forever engraved in our heart and mind. Stars are often portrayed in other tattoo designs and styles. The star tattoo comes in a variety of different sizes and it can nearly be placed anywhere on the body.

Due to all the different variations of stars, it makes for a tattoo that gives you plenty of different options to consider. Star tattoos can nearly be any color. Star tattoos can be placed individually or as a cluster of stars.

Dreamcatcher Tattoo Pictures


Dreamcatcher Tattoos Designs

The dreamcatcher tattoo is a popular tattoo design that is chosen by men and women. The dreacmcatcher is very sacred to Native Americans and it plays a big role in their life. Dreamcatcher tattoos come in a variety of different designs and shapes. Some people choose to get this tattoo design to represent their heritage or pride for Native Americans. The dreamcatcher tattoo is also symbolic and can represent protection and safety to those who wear this beautiful design.

The dreamcatcher tattoo gives you the option to be creative and to create a unique tattoo design. The feathers, beads, flowers, and stones within the dreamcatcher can add color and creativity to your tattoo design. Dreamcatcher tattoos are usually decent size. Due to this, they are usually placed on the upper arm, back, or legs.

Skull Tattoo Pictures


Skull Tattoo Designs

The skull tattoo is very symbolic and they are often portrayed in a variety of different tattoo designs. They are commonly associated with scorpions, spiders, roses, flames, crossbones, daggers, diamonds, and snakes. Most of us know that the skull can represent death, but it can also represent "change". It can be associated with a new beginning, a new start. The skull tattoo is also found in rose tattoos, diamond tattoos, and a host of others.

Skull tattoos usually have a bad reputation because of their association with death, but they also can represent a new beginning. They come in a variety of different sizes and can be placed in several locations on the body.

Eagle Tattoo Pictures


Eagle Tattoos Designs

The eagle tattoo is a very popular choice among men and even women. The great detail involved in eagle tattoos can make for an awesome tattoo and one to surely catch the eyes of others. The eagle tattoo is commonly associated with America. The eagle tattoo is popular and symbolic among the U.S. military. The eagle has held symbolic meaning to Native Americans, Greeks, Christians, Mayans, and many more cultures. The eagle tattoo symbolizes freedom, honor, loyalty, protector, strength, and opportunity.

Since the eagle is portrayed in several different cultures, it is actually a popular design. Eagles that are done in tribal art are a popular style among many. When done right, the eagle tattoo can be absolutely stunning.

Dragonfly Tattoo Pictures


Dragonfly Tattoos Designs

The dragonfly tattoo has been one of the top sought tattoo designs in the last decade. The dragonfly tattoo is very symbolic and comes in a variety of different beautiful designs. The dragonfly tattoo is often associated with the butterfly tattoo. The dragonfly can also represent "transformation". It can represent new beginnings. The dragonfly also symbolizes rebirth, strength, courage, freedom, harmony, good luck, and agility to name a few.

Since the dragonfly is very symbolic, many women find meaning in this beautiful tattoo. Dragonflies can be portrayed with butterflies, plants, animals, water, fairies, and more. Due to the size, the dragonfly can be placed nearly anywhere.

Clover Tattoo Pictures


Clover Tattoos Designs-Shamrock Tattoos Designs

Clovers and shamrocks have been part of the Celtic culture for centuries and they are a very popular tattoo choice. Nothing else in the world represents that Celtic heritage like a clover or shamrock tattoo. The four leaf clover tattoo represents good luck and good fortune. Most clover and shamrock tattoos are usually done in traditional knotwork, which is a popular Celtic art. Clover and shamrock tattoos come in a variety of different designs and sizes.

When these tattoos are done in traditional Celtic art, they really come out beautiful. Clovers and shamrocks can come in a variety of different sizes. You can often find them on Celts and even gamblers, due to the good luck reference.

Pacific Tattoo Pictures


Pacific Tattoos Designs

Pacific tattoos are a widely known tattoo style that is very popular today. Pacific, Hawaiian, and Polynesian tattoos have a long historical significance to many of the ancient tribes that practice this tattooing style. These types of tattoos usually include tropical flowers, animals, the Tiki, sea shells, and much more. Pacific tattoos were first used to mark ranks and status among tribe members, These tribes would cut the skin in set patterns. They would then pour ash and soot into the wound. It would later dry and create a blackish tattoo.

Once outside influences began to arrive in the Pacific Islands, Pacific tattooing changed. People began to add color to their tattoos and began to tattoo native elements that influenced their life, such as sharks, geckos, and birds.


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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Alastar, thanks for dropping by. Love the Clover shamrock tattoo. Good luck tattoo. That is a good choice.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Gypsy, thanks for another visit and all your time my dear. I always take suggestions, if that is what you want, just let me know and we will have a tattoo article done.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Rosemay, thank you so much for your kind words. I am very thankful. It is always great for someone to notice your hard work.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Rahul, thanks for taking the time to check this article out. It is much appreciated.

    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Good review of all the different tat styles lyric. Gotta go with the clover shamrock as a fave; mine brings good luck every time its rubbed LOL.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Lots of interesting tattoo ideas. You've really done nice work on your tattoo hubs. Any more coming up? I love all animals so to urge you and your creativity on I stumbled upon them one day in the Internet there are pig tattoos.... You take it from there my friend. I just suggest.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      My favourites are the dragonfly tattoos.

      Once again you have done a brilliant job here.

      I am sure you have increased the tattoo industry with these hubs. Lol

      You have done some amazing work

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      Jessee R 

      8 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      i loved the tribal tattoos. Awesome hub

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank, thanks for taking the time to check them all out. It is greatly appreciated.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Alocsin, thanks for choosing to drop by my friend. I agree, tribal tattoos are very popular.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      8 years ago from Shelton

      Thelyricwriter these hubs are just four times amazing I'm loving them :)

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, I'm voting for the tribal tattoos as a man. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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