Tribal tattoo art has been practiced and handed down for thousands of years. For this reason, it’s highly likely that a great many of the tattoos you’ll see today will have a tribal slant to them. The widely popular tribal style of today can be traced back to the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia. Even the word "tattoo" is said to have derived from that area. Polynesians used the word "tatao" meaning "to tap". Tahitians used the word "tatu", which means to mark something. The majority of tribal tattoos are created using a black ink and your natural skin tone to create intricate designs, patterns and pictures. However, modern tribal tattoo art doesn’t have to limit itself to ancient or primitive designs. It’s just as easy to find tribal fairy tattoo designs, tribal skull tattoo designs, tribal dragon tattoos and tribal barbed wire designs. The most popular place to put a tribal tattoo is on the arm. But, it also can just as easily placed on the back or chest. In fact, there are tons of tribal designs that are ideal circling places like navels and nipples. There is also some really amazing tribal art designed for the ribs, and some very seductive pieces fashioned to adorn the lower back or tailbone area.
Here is a much wider sampling of tribal tattoos to look at. They pretty much cover the gambit in size, shape and orientation and almost anything a person wants out of a tattoo can be found here. And if not, no worries. There’s always plenty more out there to look at before you get your tattoo. Never rush into getting one.
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