70+ Awesome Tribal Tattoo Designs

Dec 24, 2012

Tattooing has been practiced for centuries in many cultures. From Polynesian islands, to tribal groups in Africa, Celtic, Japan, etc. Tribal tattoos are always symbolic in ancient times. It serves as marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, pledges of love…

Maori tattoos are considered as one of classic tribal tattoos. In Maori culture, persons with moko (Maori tattoo) represent they have higher social status; Celtic cross means faith, unity and eternity of God’s love while Celtic knot is symbolic of life’s journey, and represents a continuity of life with no beginning and no end, a journey to one’s spiritual center.

Traditional tribal tattoos normally refer to the subject and style of Maori or Polynesian tattoos. Most people like tribal tattoos because they look cool and powerful. A tribal tattoo is considered as one of typical tattoos ideas for men. Nowadays a tribal tattoo has gone beyond its traditional subjects. Many of tattoo subjects could be depicted in tribal style, which could be suitable for both men and women. And their symbolic meanings may not be as the same as in ancient times. However, tribal tattoos help connect us to a mysterious and ancient past and cultures. And their designs are also embedded with modern pop elements.

Today, tribal tattoo has has evolved to a popular tattoo style which could be used in many of tattoo patterns. Tribal tattoos are often considered as typical tattoos for men although the style can also be applied in tattoos for women. In this post, I will showcase 70+ awesome tribal tattoo designs. Let us know which one is your tattoo idea in the comment.

Polynesian tribal tattoo

Polynesian shoulder tattoo

Tribal skull tattoo

Tribal tattoos

Tribal japanese tattoos on ankle

Tribal phoenix back tattoo2

Tribal phoenix back tattoo

Celtic cross tattoo

Tribal tattoo

Celtic sleeve tattoo

Dragon tattoo back tattoo

Polynesian tattoos girl

Elegant tribal tattoo design for girls

Full back tribal tattoo for men

Japanese geisha tattoo

Japanese tribal letter tattoo design

Japanese dragon

Maori back tattoo

Maori art

Maori back tribal tattoo

Maori tattoo colour back

Maori tattoo polynsien

Maori moko tattoo

Tribal chest sleeve tattoo

Tribal Angel tattoo

Maori tattoo

Tribal lion tattoo

Tribal dragon tattoo for women








































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  • So everything that is not American traditional or photo realism is now considered tribal?

  • The 9th one down I started on the peck part but i want to see different angles of the tattoo so can someone send me pics or tell me what website to go to. Thnks

  • The Maori and other Polynesians are not tribal. The ‘curls and thorns’ tattoo designs that most people think of as tribal originated from Borneo and have since been adapted and redesigned many times over. If you are looking for a great tattoo then first find a tattooist whose work you love and talk to them about having an original design created just for you. Do not copy exactly another person’s tattoo.

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