Tribal tattoos have in since the beginning of tattoos! With the advanced breakthrough in modern technology, the art of tattooing an image on the skin is now done with much ease, much safe and less time-consuming. It has become more popular than ever with both sexes choosing the best tattoo designs that they think can give that breathtaking look on them. However, no matter how good or unique the design is, the person has to consider some factors before getting a tattoo to ensure that it really becomes a standout worth of being shown around to friends.
If you have decided to get a tattoo, you must also decide what tattoo design to etch on your skin. Make sure to not only get the best sleeve tattoo designs but also find something unique to avoid just like being everyone else who has the same design as yours. Choosing a tattoo design is like buying some clothes in a store and seeing other people wearing exactly the same clothes you paid for. When you walk into a tattoo shop, you are going to choose from a variety of designs, such as tribal tattoos, that are offered to all customers. If you happen to choose just anything, you are bound to meet someone who carries the same tattoo as yours.
What do Tribal Tattoos Mean?
Tribal tattoos are among the most popular designs. They came to be since the art of tattoo originated from the ancient civilization marking the males to indicate which tribe they belonged to. It is also a symbol used to identify their status in the society whether or not they are leaders, warriors, or slaves. Today, males get tribal tattoos as a form of self-expression, as well as to suggest mystery in their personalities.
Best Tribal Tattoos for Women
Like an angel with wings, this design will surely compliment your back.
2. Diamond on Ankle
Diamonds are among the preferred designs because of its meaning – blessings, money and prosperity.
3. Back of Ear Tribal Tattoos
Could be a bit painful because of its location but it’s definitely a stunning tribal ear tattoo.
4. Back of a Lady
Feeling tough? A good tribal design on your entire back will surely work.
5. Back Maori Design
Simple yet attractive, isn’t it?
6. Back and Arm Design Inspiration
Feeling bold, hot and sexy? These tribal tattoos are undoubtedly among the most beautiful designs.
7. Bird Tribal Tattoos
A simple bird tattoo on the back will make you attractive.
Colored tribal tattoos look amazing!
9. Bird with Red Heart
Just a small tattoo that you can have etched on your body.
10. Breathtaking Tummy and Rib Tattoos
Make sure you visit a good tattoo shop to achieve this intricate design.
11. Butterfly Tribal Tattoos
A solid black butterfly tattoo looks beautiful. Flaunt it!
12. Butterfly Design
Your lower back is a great area where you can place your tattoo. Try out this butterfly design.
13. Cross with Wings
Cross and angel wings will look beautifully.
14. Flowers Body Tattoos
Flowers and tribal tattoos on the side!
15. Flower Polynesian Tribal Tattoos
This Polynesian design should only be done by a skilled tattoo artist!
16. Flower on Back
Another intricate design on the back for those sexy women!
17. Flower on Foot
You can accentuate your foot not just by having a nail art, but through tattoos, too!
18. Flower Design for Women Woman
Express your strength in spite of being a woman through this type of tribal tattoo.
19. Foot Tattoo Inspiration
Strengthen your flower tattoo through a tribal image.
20. Girly Tattoos on Body
The flowers emit a tribal image that probably symbolizes the person’s beliefs in life.
21. Tattoos on Finger Design
Arrows pointing up to signify progress in life.
22. Hawaiian Flower
Flower that signifies femininity and a tribal tattoo that signifies strength.
23. Hot Lower Back
A common location of tattoo – lower back!
24. Indian Beauty
This lovely lady improved her beauty with these wonderful symbols that signify her status in the society.
25. Lovely Flower
Hiibiscus on top of a tribal patterns will add oomph to your skin! It also has a shell that signifies prosperity and wealth.
26. Maori Whole Body Tribal Tattoos
Be bold and sexy, flaunt what you have by having this tattoo design!
27. Moon and Sun
Moon with tribal design with sun on the middle could be something really meaningful – it adds character to your entire being.
28. Neck to Back Design
This tattoo looks like a tail of a g-cleft, accentuated with tribal patterns.
29. Back of Neck until Upper Spine
This tribal tattoo is a combination of flowers with small lines and patterns to emit a “tribal” look.
30. Neck Tattoo Inspiration for Women
It could be painful at first, to think that it will get through several soft areas, but these tribal tattoos can provide that “satisfaction” upon completion.
31. Polynesian Design Inspiration
Here’s another Polynesian design. A Polynesian tattoo usually incorporates symbols that symbolizes life and wealth.
32. Pretty Flower
Here’s a pretty flower that has octopus tentacles.
33. Red and Black Tattoo Design Inspiration
A mixture of red and black patterns with cross on top.
34. Red Butterfly
A beautiful butterfly combined with tribal tattoos to improve its meaning.
35. Red and Orange Flower
Three beautiful flowers that emit feminine image while being strengthened with tribal tattoos.
36. Rib to Tummy Sexy Tattoo Design
If you are looking for an astounding tribal tattoo on your body, this is definitely perfect!
37. Sexy Feminine Back
This back tattoo has solid black colors, making it among your best choices.
38. Sexy Neck and Spine Sun Tattoo
This tattoo has a sun image, designed using tribal patterns.
39. Sexy Thigh and Leg
Matching tribal tattoos on thigh and arm, these could surely make you feel sexier.
40. Sexy Design on Thigh
An awesome flower tattoo – meaningful and beautiful. Definitely a must have!
41.Hawaiian Tribal Tattoos Design on Shoulder
Did you know that one way of hiding your imperfections is through a tattoo!
42. Shoulder to Face
Makeups are not the only method to make you look pretty. A tribal tattoo can do wonders, too!
43. Side Body Sexy Design
Solid tribal tattoos etched on the sexy side of the model. Hot, yeah!
44. Small Moon
A beautiful moon with small tribal patterns placed on the leg area.
45. Spine Tribal Tattoos
This tribal tattoo covers the entire spine and the lower back.
46. Spine Inspiration Design for Women
Another tribal tattoo that can be placed on the spine. A mixture of several diagonal and vertical lines with diamonds on the top and bottom.
Stars embellished on the tribal tattoo patterns.
48. Sun on Upper Back
A sun with tribal pattern rays.
Tribal tattoos were etched on one’s skin to signify status before. Now, it has been modernized.
50. Thigh and Leg
This type of tattoo is Samoan-inspired because of the patterns within the lines.
51. Cross on Side
A cross on the sides can be embellished with tribal patterns to make it more attractive.
52. Tribal Tattoos for Women
This Samoan tribal tattoo has been accentuated using the owner’s name and some flowers on the sides.
Another renowned Samoan tribal tattoo that signifies fertility.
54. Unique Dragon
A dragon is among the tattoo designs that could signify almost everything – power, positivity, strength are just a few.
55. Best Woman Arms Tattoo Design
This is probably among the most complicated tattoos that can be placed on the arm because of its small details.
Best Tribal Tattoos for Men
1. Whole Sleeve Half Chest
Men surely enjoys solid tattoos and this can be a perfect option that can be etched on the entire arm or leg, wherever you prefer.
A turtle tattoo is a powerful spiritual symbol to many beliefs, thus, you can definitely see it on different tribal tattoos.
3. Cool Body Tattoos For Men
Lines, geometric patterns and elements were all combined to come up with this awesome tribal tattoo on upper extremities.
4. Best Tribal Maori Tattoos for Men
Among the many tribal tattoos that is packed with several meanings – something nice about the method because of its unending designs.
5. Ideal Tiger Design
King of the Jungle, Ruler if the Wild – this lion surely looks best together with tribal patterns.
6. The Rock’s Arm
The Rock, a renowned actor and a former wrestler, has a Samoan tattoo on his left arm which is comprised of Celtic patterns.
7. Solid Design on Leg
A mixture of waves, solid designs and patterns, making it one of the most awesome tribal tattoos.
8. Solid Intricate Tattoos on Arm
This tattoo is a mixture of solid patterns with waves and shapes.
9. Solid, Intricate Arm Tattoo Design
Before, a tattoo signifies status. Few decades after, it signifies negative attitude. Today, it is a form of art that surely must be cherished.
10. Skulls and Eye
Skull tattoo is a favorite design by men. Here’s a good design with tribal patterns.
11. Simple Tattoo Design
A combination of the original styles with modern pattern.
12. Awesome Half Body Tattoo Design
Sold tribal patterns making it an awesome but simple design on your upper extremity.
13. Awesome Chest, Shoulder and Arm Tattoos
Samoan patterns are definitely the most popular tribal tattoos these days because of its intricate designs.
14. Simple Black Tattoo Design
Another popular pattern that can be placed on your entire arm.
15. Shoulder and Arm Tattoo Inspiration
Samoan designs are renowned to signify manliness.
16. Sexy Shoulder Tattoo Design
A sexy tribal tattoo with solid black color.
17. Samoan Tribal Tattoos on Half Body
This guy has chosen tribal tattoos to accentuate his body features – well toned muscles with tattoos look great!
18. Polynesian Tribal Tattoos on Bicep
A mixture of waves and curves, this Polynesian tattoo is breathtaking!
19. Polynesian Design on Chest and Arm
A mixture of Polynesian and Samoan tattoo with a tiki sticking his tongue out. A tiki represents a semi-God.
20. Outstanding Polynesian
This Polynesian tattoo has ocean symbols. Ocean is believed as the final destination of humans when they die.
21. Orange and Black Color
Tribal tattoos are known to be sacred, so be very careful in having it etched on your skin.
22. Maori Tattoo Inspiration
If you plan to get a Maori tattoo, take note that you are not allowed to cry, no matter who painful it is.
23. Manta Ray Tattoo Design
Manta ray/Stingray may not be a mainstream choice, but it definitely looks great on the upper back, isn’t it?
24. Lion Design on Arm
The lion tattoo has started to gain its popularity during the ’90s.
25. Lion Tribal Tattoos
Lion tribal tattoos symbolize pride, virility and potency.
26. Hot and Sexy Tribal Tattoos on Arm and Shoulder
Waves, Tiki and all other elements combined on a powerful tattoo. Breathtakingly attractive!
27. Hawaiian Warrior Tattoo Design
A symbol of long life and fertility, a turtle is definitely the most popular choice when it comes to tribal tattoos.
28. Hawaiian Design on Chest and Arm
If you are looking for a design with a lot of details, this is surely a good option.
29. Hawaiian Tattoo Inspiration
A combination of black and red is an eye-catching option when having tribal tattoos.
30. Hawaiian Tail Tattoo Design Inspiration
A hammerhead shark states that you’re a guardian or protector.
31. Symbolic Hawaiian Tattoo Design Inspiration
Hawaiian tattoos are popular because of its symbols and intricate designs.
32. Hawaiian Band
Shark teeth and other renownedPolynesian and Samoan patterns can be found on this tattoo.
33. Best Hardcore Tattoo Design
This tattoo has complex designs yet very meaningful!
34. Awesome Tattoo for Half Sleeve Area
Here’s another nice arm tribal tattoo for you!
35. Great Detailed Tattoo Inspiration
This tattoo has solid areas with diagonal, vertical and horizontal patterns.
36. Awesome Intricate Design on Arm
Series of triangle tattoos signify elements.
37. Hawaiian Fish
Fish tattoo designs signifies different things such as wealth, patience, ambition, power and many more!
38. Fire on Half Body Design
Fire symbolizes positive manners, however, it can also be a symbol for destruction.
39. Filipino’s Alibata with Intricate Design
Alibata is the old alphabet known in the Philippines.
40. Best Egyptian-Inspired
This Egyptian tattoo has incorporated a renowned leader of their old nation.
41. Detailed Maori Tribal Tattoos Inspiration
Another detailed tribal tattoos that is certainly impressive!
42. Cross Wrapped with Tribal Design
Here’s a cross accentuated with tribal patterns, placed on a man’s arm.
43. Accentuated Tattoo – Before and After
Improved the tribal image with bigger patterns.
44. Cool Tattoo Design on Spine
Spear heads, a popular design on tribal tattoos, signify courage and fight.
45. Polynesian Tribal Design on Chest
Various Polynesian symbols were used in order to successfully achieve the wonderful design. Spear head for fight while shark teeth for power and adaptability.
46. Entire Back Tattoo with Various Designs
Spear head on spine, shark teen on thhe sides, ocean waves — this tribal tattoo is definitely a complete package!
47. Tribal Tattoo Inspiration on Back
Sharp ends are found on this back tattoo design.
48. Black and Green Tribal Design Tattoos
A colorful design perfect on the back, or maybe a smaller version can be placed on your chest area.
49. Tribal Aztec Tattoo Design on Chest and Arm
Tiki, shark teeth and spear head – another complete Polynesian tattoo!
50. Another Awesome Polynesian Tattoo Design
Sun, spearhead, shark teeth, this man surely knows how to choose a good tribal tattoo.
51. Shoulder and Arm Tattoo Design
Here’s another dazzling Polynesian tribal tattoos on arm.
52. Best Arm Tribal Tattoos Inspiration
Waves, spearheads and shark teeth – these common Polynesian tribal tattoos images are great!
53. Great Arm and Chest Tattoo
This fascinating tattoo has been perfectly etched on the chest, extending on the upper arm.
54. Anaconda Head Snake Shape Tattoo Inspiration
This Polynesian tribal tattoo looks like an anaconda head, isn’t it?
55. Best Simple Back Tattoo Inspiration
Another magnificent tattoo on half of the back extending on the person’s arms.
What Makes the Best Tribal Tattoos Designs Stand Out?
Choose a good body area to place the tribal tattoos ideas on. Even if you picked the most popular tribal tattoos, these may appear better on you if they compliment your chosen body part. Be sure that the designs you have selected are going to flow or follow the lines of your body area and does not appear rigid or awkward. Our body is not composed of straight lines, so it is better to avoid tribal tattoos designs and drawings that have straight patterns. With the exception of the spine part, straight designs can be tattooed down it because the spine is made of symmetrical lines.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand why others tattoo their bodies. However, once people get to know the tribal tattoos designs and meanings, these can result to a better judgment, respect and even appreciation for the unique art form these tattooed people have chosen to make their statement known.
Hey readers! I’m Jeffrey and your tattoo artist of the day;) I have been drawing and painting my whole life, and after graduating high school I decided it was time for a bigger challenge and I started drawing on people. I’m so fortunate I got to express my creativity through my body art and even more so to share my passion with my now wife Emilie. She started working with me in my tattoo shop as a piercer and I started writing about and photographing, my creations on this blog. I love to hear from you and hope you enjoy our work together!