Deciding on which tattoo to get for yourself can be a daunting task. Unless of course you have a clear idea or an image that you can show to your tattoo artist. Most people meet the artist so as to discuss the concept of the design that they are seeking. The tattoo artist then comes out with a few suitable sketches revolving around the client's requirements.
Tribal Tattoos From Around The World
Ta-moko is the form of tattooing that was practiced by the ancient Maori's of New Zealand. It is from there that we have taken inspiration, for many of the modern tattoo designs. The Koru-spirals that they engraved on their faces using Tiki, have now been adapted as the attractive and often ambiguous spiral art.
Though these spirals hold a deep and significant meaning, which represent, the birth of a new life or a fresh start. The spiral has taken its original inspiration from the plant koru which is a large fern. The plants new sprouted leaves come out in a similar spiraled form.
You can also go in for the fierce and ever so intricate tattoos from the Aztec civilization of Mexico. They were a warrior clan and were deeply spiritualistic with their unflinching faith in divine forces. The Sun god is always shown to be engraved within the sun stone. It represented the 4 calamities that these people lived through.
Quetzalcoatl or the feathered serpent is another distinct as well as a rare tattoo design. The serpent was a symbol of courage and fertility. It also came within the ambit of Venus and thus represented beauty as well as war.
There are many more gods and spiritual animals that you can seek inspiration from. For instance the two-headed eagle is a classic tattoo design, and so are the 18 Aztec zodiac signs. The most famous of them all is god Huitzilpochti and the winged warriors who had leopards as their pets.
Go for Hindu gods, such as Shiva tattoos. There are other gods such as Natraja, Ganesha and Om that have been preferred as tattoo options. You may even try Buddhist script art or tattoos of Lord Buddha while he attained Nirvana.
Thus you need not literally, wear your heart on your sleeves and are allowed to show and still hide your feelings from the world. You could also go in for the upstream fish, the tiger or the ocean waves.
Now, don't be under the misconception that these are the only cultures that have appreciated tribal tattoo designs. Tattoos have been a part of many ancient civilizations, such as the aborigines from Australia, the Mindanao tribes of Philippines.
Laos Thailand had men wearing tattoos all over their thighs which represented their respective tribes, while North Africa's Moroccan tribes, tattooed their women, and Egypt used tattoos in a big way.