Tattoo Styles: Tribal

Throughout history, cultures all over the world have used tattoos as a way to mark membership. The tattoo designs identified a person as belonging to a specific group or tribe. Tribal tattoos were often some of the most personal and meaningful tattoos a person could get.

Tribal tattoos were originally created using only black inks and the needles were made from local objects including bamboo, bone, porcupine quill, and other natural materials. Some cultures eventually incorporated reds and yellows in to the designs but even today the majority of tribal tattoos are

Maori, Celtic, Polynesian, and Native American cultures have some of the most recognizable tribal tattoo styles.



To learn more about tribal tattoos and the cultures behind them, check out the links below!

Tribal Tattoos

Polynesian Tattoos 

Tribal Tattoo Definitions


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