25+ Native American Tattoo Designs

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Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they used variety of symbols to convey messages of their history, honor, spirit, and ideas. Many of the symbols came from natural phenomenon or objects they observed and experienced on daily basis, such as animals, feather, dreamcatcher, wind or Sun or moon, etc. These symbols give a perfect subject of tattoo ideas for people who honor their native heritage or admire native Indian culture. Nowadays tattoos have become so popular to express oneself. There are tons of tattoo ideas for option. What is native American tattoo about? Who is the best suitable to get such tattoos?

Many American Indian tribes do have traditions of tattooing like Polynesian peoples. Different tribes performed different practices. Ancient tribal tattooing among Native Americans were often performed as as part of a religious rite, or in connection with the wars with animal bones or fish teeth as the tool of tattooing. It’s a painful process to get tattooed at that time. So it may not be popular for modern people who would like to express themselves by a creative tattoo design.

If you look at native American tattoo designs, you can feel a strong cultural identity from the tattoo. For indigenous people or people of Indian origin, it’s a form of tribal identification to get such native American tattoo on their bodies. It’s very important to have the tattoo as it helps them to inherit the legacy.

For people who are not Indian origin and respect the culture, there are adapted designs available from the artists. Most of them are based on symbols or traditional dressing of Native Indians. The symbols in Native American tribes may differ from one tribe to another. Be sure to understand the meaning behind before getting the tattoo. In this post, we will showcase 25 native American tattoo designs and try to explore the meanings of some of the tattoos.

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Native American Tattoo – realistic Indian girl wearing a wolf headdress.

American Indians love animals not just for food but the inherited spirit bonded with the animal. The wolf, with its instinct intelligence, was considered as a symbol of direction and leadership by Indians. The wolf headdress is the representation of protection for the wearer, giving the guidance in dreams and adventure of life. The realistic sleeve tattoo is not rendered in any traditional style but modern style, suitable for both man and woman.

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Dreamcatcher thigh tattoo for women.

Dreamcatcher is one of fascinating symbols of Native American Indians. Native Americans believe dreams could be or bad. A dreamcatcher, with a hoop containing a web or net, decorated with feathers and beads, will protect the sleeping individual from bad dreams, while letting good dreams through. The dreamcatcher has been used in many of artworks, incl. tattoos. This tattoo is inked in retro style and dreamcatcher has become a good tattoo idea for women.

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A girl with a headdress, a native American inspired sleeve tattoo in Gothic style.

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A thigh tattoo with a skull portrait. The feather made headdress reminds you of native American Indians.

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Native American Indian Chief Portrait Tattoo

Feathered headdress, also called war bonnet, is an awarded honor for men who earned a place of great respect in their tribe.

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Native American inspired eagle tattoo – one of the most powerful bird considered by native Indians. The coloful back tattoo with tiger represents strength, power and protection for the wearer.

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  1. Is it possible to get the complete design of the Native American Tattoo – realistic Indian girl wearing a wolf headdress? I am interested in getting this tattoo when I return from Afghanistan. Thank you in advance for the assistance.

  2. Love the work from artists. Can i meet this artist for a cover up , with native american female indian. ???

    Thank you

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