150+ Best Tribal Tattoo Designs, Ideas & Meanings / 2018

Posted in Tattoo Designs on Dec 27, 2018

Tribal tattoos originate from ancient times and had deep meaning.

Nowadays they combine the style of origin tribes and modern features. From noting social status and religious believes tribal tattoo became individual artistic expression.

Tribal tattoo on his arm and body man

Tribal tattoos have very expressive, rich, passionate, and ferocious design.

Such type of body art dates back to over 5000 years ago.

Tribal Tattoo with geometric designs on men back

It has the biggest variety of style because it depends on the diversity of different cultures and tribes traditions. Initially they were as attribute of identification for members of different races and cultures.

As you have understood the word tribal deals with a lot of things in connection to some tribe, so the origin of such kind of tattoos is quite interesting.

In ancient time they were used:

Tribal tattoo around the male body

Tribal tattoo with the geometric pattern on the shoulders of men

Tribal tattoo on shoulder man

Tribal tattoo with the symbol of the sun on his back

Tribal tattoo on shoulder man

Tribal tattoo on shoulder Man in the form of twigs and stones

Tribal Tattoo of straight lines on the hand

Tribal tattoo on his chest man

Tribal Tattoo bend on the womens side

Polynesian Tribal tattoo on the back and neck of the girl

Such tattoos are known to mean courage, audacity, dynamics, and expressiveness.As they are unique they reveal its bearers character and feelings.

Powerful tribal tattoo for men

According to its elements and sketch tribal tattoo could symbolize

For every tribe and culture tattoo was the way of showing connection or it was a reminder of some special event or phenomenon.

Tribal tattoo with triangular ornaments, imitation shark teeth

For ancient time Polynesia people were inspired by animals such as shark.For example its teeth meant protection and shell symbolize wealth.

Tribal tattoo on arm with a shark tooth ornament

Tribal tattoo on shoulder blade girl shark

Such tattoos are highly symbolical and complicated, so its better to decide properly which design to choose.

More often it is made in black color, but a very few are mixed colored, for example sketch in red and black design is the most popular.

Tribal black and red tattoo on his shoulder man

Tribal tattoo on shoulder man the sun

Tribal tattoo on the back of man Eagle

or

Tribal tattoo on shoulder guy

Tribal tattoo on the back of the girl dragon

Tribal tattoo on shoulder of guy Lion

Tribal tattoo on the back of man Taurus

Tribal Aztec tattoo on his chest man the sun and the moon together

Turtle is a symbol of strength, long life, and wisdom.

Tribal tattoo on shoulder blade guy Turtle

Tribal tattoo on shoulder man

Tribal tattoo on the ribs of the girl

3d Tribal tattoo on his shoulder and chest man

They are popular among men.Nowadays it is common to mix thick black lines with thinner black ones.They are combined in shape and forms not necessarily with tribal initial origin and meaning.

Tribal tattoo on the chest of a man

Tribal tattoo guy sleeve

and half sleeve tattoos that cover the whole hand and even shoulder.

Tribal tattoo guy half sleeve

Modern Tribal tattoo with bird and landscape

Tribal tattoo flower guy on the shoulder

Tribal tattoo flowers girl on the neck

Maori tattoo on the mans face

Male version usually covered the whole mans faces and female one covered only the area around the mouth and chin.

Maori tribal tattoo of the girl in the face, the neck and chest

Large tribal tattoo along the back

Maori believed when person die light will shine through him/her and only tattoo shows who the person is.

Nowadays such tattoos incorporate some modern features and usually are going across the chest.

Maori tribal tattoo on the chest of a man

Leg tattoos were also popular among Maori people.They were used to cover warrior for instilling fear to their opponents.

Maori tribal tattoo on a mans legs

Tribal tattoo with totem poles and symbols forefathers

They were influenced by astrology and also depicted animals, for example beavers,

Haida tribal tattoo on the arm of a man a beaver

bears,

Haida tribal tattoo on the leg of a man Bears

thunderbirds,

Haida tribal tattoo on the back of a guy Thunderbird

and fish.

Haida tribal tattoos on the shoulder of the girl fish

It was believed that wearing such depiction you could take some power of that animal. In fact, such design is rather masculine one.

Borneo Tribal tattoo with ornaments of flowers

They were used to depict the symbol of protection as scorpions,

Borneo tribal tattoo on shoulder man Scorpio

dogs in bold colors,

Borneo Tribal tattoo on his chest man two dogs

dragons,

Borneo Tribal tattoo on the back of a guy the dragon

flowers,

Haida tribal tattoos on the back of the girl Rose

and spirals.

Borneo Tribal tattoo on shoulder of guy a spiral in the center of the flower

In ancient time men often covered their body from head to toe. Depicting Gecko was the most popular as a symbol of supernatural power.

Hawaiian tribal tattoos on the spine of the girl Gecko

They depicted also orchid,

Hawaiian tribal tattoo on the side of the girl orchids

sea shark,

Hawaiian tribal tattoo on his shoulder blade at the guy sea shark

sea turtle,

Hawaiian tribal tattoo on his shoulder Man sea turtle

Tiki (who was believed to be the first man on Earth), etc.

Polynesian tattoo sketch Tiki

Hawaiian tribal tattoo on his shoulder Man Tiki and flowers

Hawaiian tribal tattoo on his shoulder Man Tiki

There is also Tiki who was a semi-god in Polynesian culture and symbolized protection.

Polynesian tribal tattoo on his leg the guy Tiki

Tikis organs as nose, eyes, mouth, and side faces commonly are draw separated.

Polynesian tribal tattoo on his shoulder Man Tiki

Another sketch illustrates turtle shell,

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