Aztec was a cultural group living in the present day South Central Mexico, from the 13th to the 16th century. They were also known as the Nahuatl as they spoke that language. The Aztec culture was very developed as in diverse fields like politics, social system, and arts. Aztecs were religious people and believed in human sacrifices for pleasing their Gods. Several characters and designs, belonging to this culture, are equally popular today and are also used as tattoo symbols.
Interestingly, tattoo making was used extensively by the Aztec people. They believed that making tattoos of religious symbols would portray their devotion to the Gods, and hence, tattoo making was a common practice. Sometimes, tattoos were also used as a mark of distinction between different tribes.
The symbols that specifically belong to the Aztec and the Mexican culture include Huitzilopotchli, or the Aztec sun God; Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent and Tezcatlipoca, the God of warriors. These symbols were widely used by the Aztecs and are equally popular today. However, other designs and symbols like stars, eagles, the moon, and princesses are also commonly used.
All the symbols belonging to the Aztec culture have certain meanings related to them. The Sun God was believed as the guardian of the heaven and hence, was very much respected. The Aztecs believed in 'after life' which was similar to the setting and the rising of the sun. Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, was considered as the God of immorality. It also symbolized fertility and creativeness. The eagle represents power, strength, and vigor. It was also believed to be the source of inspiration for the warriors during wars. Tezcatlipoca, the God of the warriors, is often made with his tongue sticking out and hence, is loved by the lovers of eccentricity and abstract art. Among the several images, the designs of the Sun God and other deities are more popular today.
Aztec tattoos are meaningful and symbolic. On the other hand, the uniqueness of these designs make them really attractive and fashionable. Although Aztec tattoos can be made in different colors, tribal tattoos are in vogue these days. Made with black or blue ink, they do not fail to catch the eye of the onlooker. Aztec designs and symbols look attractive when made in large size. You can have them inscribed on shoulders, stomach, or the back. If you do not wish to have large tattoos, you can have their smaller versions made on the wrist, ankle or back of the neck.
A visit to any of the Aztec temple will be helpful to know more on the beauty of these designs and art. If you have decided to sport tribal Aztec tattoos, it is better to look out for a professional and skilled tattoo artist who is well aware of the actual Aztec designs. Other way, it will be beneficial to research a bit and try out different designs on the paper before finalizing one.