Tribal Tattoo Designs

The legacy and ancient history that tribal tattoo design brings makes it a popular choice among many tattoo aficionados. There’s a certain amount of mystery that comes with a tribe’s exclusivity. The problem, however, lies in the very fact that it is an ancient tradition and a part of these tribes’ culture. Culture, as you know, will never be fully understood unless you grew up in that community.

The result is a bastardize version of the tribal tattoo design. These modern tribal tattoo designs are but remnants of the old tradition, a blood relative thousands of years removed. The Borneo style is the looks the closest to Modern Tribal Tattoo Designs.

The thing that needs to be considered is the fact that those who are getting a tattoo are getting one to tell their story. It is theirs and getting a design that has been used hundred times over takes away the whole point. What you should have is a deeper understanding of the tradition, the symbols used and what you want to say with your tattoos.

The Basics of Tribal Tattoo Design

There are several popular tribes that were known for their tattoo as a strong part of their identity:

  • Polynesia
  • Maori
  • Haida
  • Marquesan
  • Borneo
  • Pintados

Maori for Personal History

Maori Tattoo Designs

Maori Tattoo Designs

Ta Moko is a unique tattooing process. They chisel your skin instead of inking it. They use geometric spikes and spirals to tell ones geneology. Men wear it on their face and women on their lips or chin. Unless you are part of their tribe, you are not allowed to use their tattoo design. Doing so is a big insult to their tribe.  If you are looking for a tribal tattoo design that tells your history or if you are looking for a design that symbolizes a clique, group, crew, band, brotherhood, sisterhood, and the likes, the Maori design is a perfect one for you.

Polynesia for the Warriors

Polynesia Tattoo designs

Polynesia Tattoo designs

There are several groups that belong to the group of Polynesian island. Their designs are dominated by geometric designs, lines and solid blocks. As mentioned, this is the one that closely resembles modern tribal tattoo designs. This is common among men. They get it to symbolize the wars they have survived and won. This is the design perfect for those who want to tell stories of the victories they won, adversities they survived, and other messages of bravery, courage and strength.

Borneo for Connection with Nature

Borneo tattoo designs

Borneo tattoo designs

The Kayan, Iban, and Kenyah tribes made up the Dayak people. They were the ones who developed the Borneo Tribal Tattoo Designs. They were inspired by their deep connection with nature. In fact, their designs were made from organic wood-block carved designs. The stories often told of the places they have been to and their unique experiences. They are characterized with intricate illustrations of rosettes, insects and animals. They are very particular about the placing of the tattoo. You need to put it in a place that is equivalent to the aspect of your spiritual belief that it represents.

Pintados for Your Life Journey

Pintados Tattoo Designs

Pintados Tattoo Designs

Pinatados is not a tribe. It’s a name given by the Spaniards when they reached the Philippines for the first time thousands of years ago. The Spaniards encountered a tribe that is heavily tattooed. The Spaniards called them Islas de los Pintados or Island of the Painted Ones.

 

 

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