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Tribal Tattoo Designs For Women-Tribal Tattoo Ideas And Meanings For Women

Updated on May 8, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.


One of the most popular tattooing styles in the entire world is tribal art. Tribal tattoos are a mainstream tattoo style and they are very popular among men. Although this is true, some women do get tribal tattoos. For this reason, we have chosen to publish an article on tribal tattoos for women. Now, the tribal tattooing style can be designed with a variety of different elements and symbols. Remember, these tattoos are not traditional tribal tattoos. They are tattoos that use the tribal art theme.

In this article, we will briefly discuss the history of tribal tattoos. We will also review tribal tattoo meanings and why the tribes would get such tattoos. You will have the opportunity to view a variety of different tribal tattoo designs also. In the end, we hope that you are able to find inspiration and ideas for your next tattoo.



Tribal tattoos are one of the most popular tattoo styles available and this style of tattooing can be used in a variety of different ways. Tribal tattoos are the birth of tattooing. When we glance back in time, we can begin to understand why tattoos have played significant roles in many cultures. These ancient tattoos were found nearly everywhere across the globe.

Tribal tattoos played a huge role in ancient tribes and ancient cultures across the world. These tattoos served a variety of different purposes and meanings. Tribal tattoos were used to mark important events, status and ranks in the tribe, social status in the tribe, and important achievements. In nearly all ancient cultures, as soon as someone moves from childhood to adulthood, they are old enough to get their first tattoo.

When we look at these ancient tribes, women also were tattooed in most cultures. Although men were tattooed more in most cases, women received them as well. Women would typically get tattoos on their shoulders, upper chest, neck, and chin. These tribal markings also served purposes such as social order and ranks in the tribe. Women played vital roles in these ancient tribes and their tattoos were used to reflect them.

The Maori tribe is one example of an ancient culture using tattoos on men and women both. The Maori culture is still alive today and is one of the longest living tattoo cultures in the world. The Maori reside where they have for centuries, New Zealand. The Maori tribe is well known for their famous head tattoos and deep symbolic meanings of each design. In the Maori tribe, men were usually tattooed on the head and women were tattooed on the lips and chin.

Ancient tribes in New Zealand, Europe, Taiwan, Africa, South America, and North America all practiced tribal tattooing. This style of tattooing was practiced for many years and was adopted by minor cultures throughout the years. It remained this way until the arrival of Western cultures. Once outside influence hit the tribes, the ancient art style was never the same. Even though the decline was fact, tribal tattoos are now making their way back into the tattoo scene.

Although tribal art and tattoos are mainly seen on men, this popular tattoo style is becoming popular among women as well. For women, the tribal tattoo is usually used for a decorative purpose. The tattoo on the right shows how tribal art is mixed with the butterfly tattoo, which is a popular tattoo symbol for women. These butterfly designs would either be used on the top shoulder or the lower back. When it comes to decorative tribal art, you usually have a centered symbol with tribal art on both ends of the centered symbol.

The two photos on the right are the same design. Both tattoos have a center piece with tribal art on the ends. The tribal art in these cases is used for a decorative purpose. The tribal art adds to the overall design of the tattoo. Some designs may have tribal art on the north and south side of the centered symbol or all around the symbol. You will have to make sure to view all possible options when it comes to your tribal design.



In modern times, tribal tattoos are mostly used for decorative purposes. Since women are beginning to use tribal art with other tattoo symbols, their popularity among women has grown. For a woman, tribal tattoos and tribal art will give you plenty of different options and ways to enhance your tattoo.

Tribal art is found in a variety of popular women tattoo designs. You can literally place them with a variety of different tattoo symbols or you can get a tribal tattoo to decorate your ankles, lower back, or upper shoulders. Tribal art is a great way to get more out of your tattoo and it is sure to catch eyes. There is also a variety of tattoo symbols that can be done in tribal art. One of the most popular designs is the tribal butterfly.

As I mentioned earlier, tribal art can be placed in a variety of different tattoo symbols. Some of the most popular are the butterfly, stars, dragonflies, hearts, dragons, angel, sun, moon, and many more. You can either get tribal art inked with these symbols or you can get these symbols done in tribal art. Either way, tribal art is a great decorative to nearly any tattoo for women.

Before you select a design or symbol, there are a few things that you will need to consider. Although most tribal art is black, color can be added to this ancient art style. That choice is up to you. Some tribal designs look much better in bold black while others may look better in color. You want to figure out what size you want to get also and whether or not you want a symbol in tribal art or just a decorative tribal tattoo. With so many different tattoos and meanings to choose from, it would be best if you researched all the designs that you like and then make a choice. There are literally thousands to choose from. Don't rush! Take your time and make sure you look at a few hundred different designs. You may want to try to find a tattoo that is unique to you. There are a lot of different tattoos that have symbolic meaning also. So make sure you do your research and pick a tattoo that fits you.



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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Dalisha, thanks for dropping by and for your question. The butterfly represents transformation, change, and endurance. It is a symbol of freedom and independence. You can look at the life of the butterfly to understand these meanings. The butterfly would still represent this, even if it is done in tribal art. But remember, in the end, your tattoo represents what you want it too. Great question Dalisha. Take care.

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      Dalisha kayy safford 

      6 years ago

      What does the butterfly tribal designs mean?

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Hyp, thanks for taking the time to come by. Most women are afraid of tattoos, but so are men. It stings but not that bad.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Amazing as always. If I were not a chicken, I would have one of every tattoo you show. lol

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      *Alocsin, thanks for taking the time to drop by. I am glad you enjoyed this one. Best wishes.

      *Debbie, thanks for dropping by and for your comment. Most certainly. You really have to be steady to ink the perfect tattoo.

      *Katrinasui, thanks for taking the time to read this article. Glad you enjoyed them.

      *AE, thanks for taking the time to come by again and it is greatly appreciated. Have a great weekend.

      *Gypsy, always a pleasure to see and hear from you. The tribal butterfly is a very popular choice. I love them, they look great on a woman.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Nice tattoos. I like the ones with the butterflies.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The artistic skill is beautifully shown in these tattoos. I love the hummingbird..Thank you Ricky..

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      7 years ago

      Wow, these tattoo designs are really amazing. well done:)

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      Debbie Roberts 

      7 years ago from Greece

      What amazes me is the steadiness of the tattoo artist, some tattoos are a real intricate work of art.

      Nice hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You never read about tribal tattoos for women, let alone their meanings. Great hub. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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