Tattoos are not only adorned by people as a fashion statement, but they also portray one's character and personality. Mexican tattoos are symbolic and they are mainly inspired by Mexican civilization and culture. The designs are similar to tribal tattoos which depicted their tradition and social status. The themes are mainly inspired by Mayan, Aztec, Inca and Hispanic culture and they play a significant role to make Mexican tattoo art so popular.
Mexican Tattoo Designs
Aztec tattoos are the most popular of all Mexican religious tattoos. The tattoos are mostly of sacred Gods and Goddesses of the Aztec tribe. To name a few, Quetzalcoatl (god of fertility, creativity and weather) and the serpent God (the most powerful of all), are much liked by the Mexicans. Tattoos of Huitzilopochtli or the sun god (a symbol for belief in life after death) are also popular. Tezcatlipoca (the warrior god) tattoos are worn by people who are in search of power and want to live a life like a warrior. Other traditional symbols include religious designs with a head bowed and hands in prayer, encircled by a halo. Aztec tattoos are more rudimentary and are etched in honor of Gods in order to be blessed with fertility, prosperity and health. Today the ancient designs are incorporated with many modern elements. People rather considering them as religious emblems, wear them to uplift their fashion quotient. With this, Mexican tattoos evolved as flag tattoos, mafia tattoos, gang tattoos, skull tattoos and prison tattoos.
Mexican mafia tattoos stand for Mafia Mexicana, ruling the hearts of numerous Mexican tattoo fans. They are engraved either as 'MM' or the eagle holding the snake in its mouth with the initials 'EME'. Mafia tattoos are also denoted by black hands. Mexican gang tattoos or Mexican prison tattoos vary from the mafia patterns. Such tattoos have ornate tattoo lettering. They are also known as Hispanic tattoo and contain images denoting Christianity. They are iconic representations like Christ, the cross, saints and Virgin Mary. This way tattoo artists create striking religious symbols that exhibit true faith in the ancient Mexican culture.
Mexican Americans wear skull tattoos in memory of their loved ones who have passed away. It represents the Day of the Dead or Mexican holiday in the Mexican history. Mexican skull tattoos are loved by young adults as they are extremely sensuous. The two variations are, the warrior Mexican skull and Mexican sugar skull. The symbolism of Mexican sugar skull is still ambiguous. They are engraved as semi-skulls with parts of the face covered by flesh, etched in multi colors. This makes the sugar skulls quite provocative. The warrior skull is actually a symbol of bravery and reverence for the warriors who sacrificed their life. They reflect strength and soldierly attributes.
Mexican flag tattoo represent pride and vanity. Mexican flag has three colors, namely green, white and red, along with an eagle placed at the center. Each color has different meanings. The red color depicts sacrifice and unity, green indicates freedom and hope and white symbolizes purity and faith. The eagle holds a snake in its mouth and is seen to be landing on a cactus ( the logo quite distinct from that of Spanish civilization). People who wear Mexican flag tattoos actually work away from their native place and take pride and honor in the rich Mexican culture. Flag tattoos are usually inked on chest, back, upper arm and forearm.
Before wearing these tattoos, I would suggest you to do a bit research work on their symbolism and significances. You should consider getting the tattoo only if it complements your personality, rather wearing it just for the sake of fashion.