Haida tattoos are common among the Haida people, who are indigenous to the northwest coast of North America. Today, the Haida people live in British Columbia and Alaska. The Haida people use tattoos as a way for individuals to express participation in the Haida tribe as well as their spiritual connections. Haida tattoos have existed for thousands of years and are now a popular art form in the Pacific Northwest. Haida tattoos often feature a crest and an animal. Red and black are the most common colors in Haida tattoos, but some Haida designs include blue. Haida designs utilize thick, bold lines of solid color with patterns and symbols throughout the design.
Each animal in Haida art represents a set of human traits. For example, bears in Haida tattoos represent strength. Haida art that features eagles symbolizes strength, spirituality, wisdom and power because the eagle is the Great Spirit in Haida culture. Animals that are often featured in Haida tattoos include dolphins, sharks, bears, birds and frogs. Haida tattoos are often placed on the arms, shoulders, chest and back. In Haida culture, tattoos are almost always placed over a large portion of the chest on the midline of the body. Each animal has significance in the Haida culture, so be sure to investigate the meaning of the animal before you decide to get a Haida tattoo:
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