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Tribal Tattoo Designs And Tribal Tattoo Meanings-Tribal Tattoo Ideas And Pictures

Updated on August 19, 2013
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Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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Tribal Tattoos And Tribal Art

The tribal tattoo is one of the most popular tattoo designs as tribal art is one of the most popular tattooing styles. Tribal tattoo designs are designed in many different ways, often portrayed alone or designed with other symbols and elements. Tribal art tattoo designs are mainly worn by men, but women do sport them. The definition of tribal tattoos have been stretched over the years, so you have to go back many decades for a prime definition. Tribal tattoos are commonly affiliated with solid black ink formed in continuous lines or design that forms an artistic design. Although the origins of the tribal tattoo were of black ink only, at this day and age, colors are incorporated within tribal art tattoos.

Many tattoo artist have their own perception of tribal art, but truth be told, there are many varieties of tribal designs. The origins of the tattoo date back when the tribal design was to mark a certain tribe or a person's affiliation with that tribe. Needles were not around during these times, so the skin was cut and filled with soot or ash. This would later add the design and color to the image. The Maori culture would be one society that used this method.

Although tribal art designs were used in cultures and tribes, today, tribal art tattoos are more popular then ever. Although men's tribal art tattoo designs are more common, women's tribal art tattoo designs can also be found.

Tribal Tattoo Designs

Tribal tattoo designs come in various shapes, styles, colors, and sizes. Although tribal tattoos usually form another image, they are also used as full length arm tattoos that cover the entire distance from the shoulder to the wrist in most cases. Some can have small width on the design or others can have large width. This tribal art design is mostly for men, although women do get them from time to time. You can see this design on the photo to the right. This pattern has no specific design. Tattoo designs of tribal art are commonly found on men that have a strong physical build in the arms, stomach, or legs. Keep in mind, they do not have to go from shoulder to wrist or thigh to ankle. You can get them to cut off at the wrist or in the middle of your wrist and elbow. You could also exclude it from the arm itself and have it run from your shoulder to the chest and side of your chest. These tattoos are mainly seen on physical built men who have good muscle tone and size on the chest and stomach as well.








Tribal art styles in tattooing can design any symbol or element in tribal art, such as flowers, animals, and other well known symbols. If you want a tribal bear tattoo design, it can be done. If your looking for a tribal butterfly tattoo design, get it done. Nearly anything can be designed in the tribal art style. This gives tattoo artist and the wearer plenty to consider. Tribal art can also be used to decorate older tattoo designs or used within new tattoos. You may have an old heart tattoo that appears to be missing something. You may need new lining on a design. Tribal art is beautiful and a great way to add to any skin art design.

Traditional Tribal Art Tattoos

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Tribal Tattoo Design Variations

Most people think that tribal tattoo designs are only done in black ink, but that is not true. You can see how good the orange looks in the two tattoos designs on the right. There are many colors that go good with black. Yellow, pink, silver, and turquoise are 4 colors that look good next to black. Other colors work also, but I suggest to you to use a lighter form of that color, especially in green and purple.

Tribal tattoo designs can come in many different colors. Many different artist have a range of variety when it comes to their own personal definition of tribal artwork and designs. Although black is the preference choice on most tribal tattoo designs, remember, you can get any color that you wish.

Now a days, there are very few tattoo artist that would turn someone down because of someone wanting to add color on tribal tattoos or because they are not a tribal member of a certain society. As tattoos become more and more popular, most tattoo artist will draw anything. In the end, business is business.




Tribal tattoo designs can also be mixed with the Celtic design as seen in the picture on the right. Some people consider this to be disrespectful, while others believe the two designs work hand in hand. It just shows how different designs can be uniformed into one overall image, basically the definition of tribal design. The Celtic design is in the middle and the tribal design surrounds the outside.

As most of you all may already know, butterflies are very popular among women. Some of the images on this page show how they are done in tribal art. Tribal designs are really not popular among women, not including women or culture or tribal connections of course. Recently though, there has been an increase in attention and they may begin one of the latest tattoo trends.

Another popular design among tribal art is the cross. Many people get them for religious purposes. They can also be used as a remembrance tattoo or a dedication design. For whatever reason you choose, the cross image provides some interesting and good looking tattoos. The Angel wings on the right can also be serving the same purpose and shows how the continued lines form one overall piece or image.





Many women choose to get tribal tattoo designs in a variety of different places on the body. They can be used on the lower stomach, shoulders, lower back, and on the side of the chest and stomach. Either way, they can be a real eye catcher.

Another design that is mixed with the tribal is the Pacific design, Tropical flowers and tribal design images are used together in a few of the tattoos below, including the full back tattoo of the woman below. The flowers are from the Pacific design and the tribal art is seen through the center. Is is just another idea that you may want to consider when getting your tattoo.

I have also seen tribal art surrounding landscape tattoos, almost in a captured photo or framed photo sense. It can be used as a boundary marker in the landscape tattoo. I have no images of this tattoo, but it may be something that you may want to consider.






There is a lot of thinking and research that should be done when you are considering a tattoo. You never want to rush into the process because in the end, you will get a tattoo that you will regret for the rest of your life. Many people take months and even years before they eventually choose a tattoo. There are many different tattoo designs and categories to choose from. As you may have learned today, they can also be mixed into one another to form one solid tattoo. Technology has came a long way, but even so, not all tattoos can be removed. Just make sure you explore all possible design and routes before you make your decision. Always keep in mind of what the public may think. I only say this because tattoos can be very judgemental. They can cause you problems, especially looking for employment. You may want to choose a location that can be covered if needed. By all means, do as you wish. You can choose any tattoo as you wish. And remember, be creative. If you know an artist, perhaps that can make your own personal design and you can take it to a tattoo artist. Just make sure it is really what you want.

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      Good Man 

      6 years ago

      This is fantastic. I like the tribal art tattoos very much. Just like in the other page I found: http://epsos.de/10-Best-tattoo-design-ideas-for-me...

      Keep thinking about getting one.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Mary, just to play devil's advocate, tattoos are often a sign of rebellion. Telling your child you die if they got one, might encourage them to get one :-) I know I got my first one the day after my mom told me she hates them and thinks they're ugly :-)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Xethonxq, thanks for coming by and I appreciate the comment. I agree with your thought. They are good for first tattoos, but if you already have a few, it just really don't work. That is a good point though. I appreciate the expertise.

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      xethonxq 

      6 years ago

      Great hub!! I love the pics. I have have three tattoos, but none are tribal. I think if I were younger and just starting out picking my tattoos I might consider getting one.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for coming by Mary and for your comment and time. As a parent, I can understand for sure. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and no offense taken. Certain tattoos would offend me as a parent as well, especially my daughter. But if she decided on it and wanted a butterfly or dolphin, I don't think I would object. Thanks for coming by and have a great day Mary.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      As a Mother of 6 daughters, I would DIE if one of mine got a tattoo. I just don't like them, sorry if this offends anyone , but that's how I feel. This Hub was very informative.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      KBEvolve, thanks for checking them out and for your comment. I am the same, if I see one on someone or in a book, I am thinking of how I can get it. Thanks for coming by and best wishes.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Jdatwell, thanks for coming by and for your comment and time. I always appreciate a visit. Best wishes and take care.

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      Kenneth Brown 

      6 years ago from United States

      I really like the dragon tattoo. It tempts me a little into thinking about actually getting some ink.

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      jdatwell 

      6 years ago

      not bad some of them are so beautiful words can't describe them. nice and well written.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      PDX, lol.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      lyricwriter, I never kid. I'm stone cold somber

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Deborrah, thank you bunches for coming by and for your comment and vote. It is greatly appreciated. Thanks for the blessing and God Bless you. Keep on doing your thing sister:)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      6 years ago

      Thelyricwriter, This was very educational & informative! I have learned something... I do not personally subscribe to tatooos! The designs here are very interesting & creative! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings! Voted UP!

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      PDX, you weren't kidding was you:) None the less, appreciate the comment.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I actually just don't like the way they look and most people I know that have them are kind of douchey, but, to each his own!

      http://www.facebook.com/pages/I-Hate-Tribal-Tattoo...

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      PDX, thanks for the visit and your expertise. Interesting because some tattoo artist have certain beliefs like you describe. I know a few myself that think this way. Me, I don't, but I could see the respect side of it all.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      i have several tattoos and I've always found tribal tattoos to be stupid, unless you actually belong to a tribe. The artist that works on me feels the same. But, to each his own, I guess. Good hub.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Donna, thanks for the visit. The organge peel is a close comparrison of real skin and it is an inexpensive way to practice.

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      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      Beautiful images! It was interesting to learn that some tattoo artists practice on oranges :) Thanks for sharing - voted up.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      AE, you make a good point. Many people feel better when they are at an artist that they feel comfortable around, environment included. They understand the emotions that come with a first tattoo. As AE said, they are not there to push your decision.

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      6 years ago

      always exploring:

      Like thelyricwriter says, it's quite normal before the first time. Without committing yourself (and tattooists don't tend to push a 'hard sell'), simply talking to your local tattooist in a good parlor can often enlighten. Whether it also 'emboldens', depends more on you.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Alastar, thanks for coming to read the hub and for your comments and input. Interesting question may I add. The lotion doesn't work great on blue and green ink, the two toughest colors to get off. More then likely, laser removal will be needed for these ink colors. I have heard mixed reviews about the lotion, both good and bad. I have never tried it or seen it done myself. I always say laser is the best method. You know, anyone that can draw has a good chance at being a tattoo artist. If you can draw what you see, it is worth a shot. Many artist practice on oranges, nearly resembles the skin. The flower tattoo is a mix itself, tribal and Pacific Islander. Very good looking on a woman if I may add. Thanks for the input Alastar. Good question and statements.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      AE, thanks for coming by my dear. It is perfectly normal to feel like that on your first time. Smaller tats offer the same feeling with less pain. The pain really isn't as bad as someone would think. On certain parts of the body, the pain is very low.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      SusieQ, thanks for the comments my friend. A smaller version tattoo would be less painful and tollerable as someone else has mentioned. I do agree, your artist could help with any questions or concerns that you may have. If you really want it, I say go for it. Live life, no regrets:) Thanks for coming by.

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Man, those are some wicked good tats lyric! That's something with the tribal and Celtic mix. The one with the flowers all way down the woman's back stand-out too. Great tat hub lyric. BTW, do any of those tat lotion removers work on green ink ? Someone could start in the biz with what's on display here. Decent prices on em as well.

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      6 years ago

      SusieQ42:

      You really like the idea of a classy, little colorful butterfly, then? without committing yourself, just talk to a good local parlor tattooist: s/he may be able to offer some constructive suggestions, and maybe help with any hesitations you might have. Using a numbing agent can help, too, and make it a pretty painless and satisfying experience, if YOU want it, that is. Blessings.

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      SusieQ42 

      6 years ago

      I want a butterfly and I don't the nerve to do it either. Plus I'm afraid of ink poisoning.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Some of these tattos are beautiful. I've always wanted a heart on my ankle, just never had the nerve to do it. Thank you..Voted up..

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      SusieQ42 

      6 years ago

      Wow! I don't have any tattoos but these are beautiful. Voted up and awesome.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for the visit from Facebook:) I always appreciate your comments. Take care and thanks again.

      HBN, thanks for coming by, the comment, and all your votes. I really do appreciate your thoughts and expertise. They are a good way to remember someone and mark that person's life or even death. They can show value in birth, life, and death. Hope all is well and thanks for the visit.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Gypsy, so glad to hear from you. Thanks for the visit. I am glad you like the images. Hope you have had a good weekend. Take care:)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Zen, thanks for stopping by and for the comment and vote. I am so glad you like it. I believe many people don't realize the thought process that takes place when it comes to tattoos. Some people think for years on a design. It is so good to hear from you.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Very informative, comprehensive and well-written hub about tribal tattos with excellent illustrations.

      On Veteran's Day our local paper did a two page spread on war veterans who get tattos to "honor" someone who died in their unit or tattos that others in their unit have gotten.

      Thanks for sharing this information. It was very interesting and I voted it up across the board except for funny.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting hub. I don't think tribals are confined to male wearers any longer.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wow some wild and crazy tattoos. Love those pics.

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      Hillbilly Zen 

      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Awesome Hub, lyric! I've been wanting to get another tat for years now, but haven't found the right design...yet. Thanks for the cosmic nudge. Voted up and awesome!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Hey there MM. Yes, my 15 day streak at work is officially over. I am so tired. I am getting ready to watch football as we speak. Hope all is good on your side of the world. Have a good one MM and I will talk to you soon:)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Hey there b Malin. I believe a tiny tattoo is the way to go for the in between per say. Some area that can be covered perhaps. I try to loo at it as art. But when you get older, that is a thing to think about. I believe many people don't consider what a tattoo will look like years down the road. It is something to keep in mind for sure.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Proud, thanks for the comment and your time. I am pleased that you liked it.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Some of these tattoos are a work of art, quite beautiful!

      Hope you have a day off today?!

      Best wishes MM

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful Hub, Lyricwriter, the pictures were also quite Interesting...Some, actually quite Beautiful. I guess I always wonder what these people were thinking about when they cover half the bodies in this Fashion. Like how will they look at say age 50? However, sometime I think about a "tiny" Tattoo on one shoulder, or knee!

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      proudmotherof5 

      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I love it

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