Tribal tattoos are a great idea for someone looking to make a bold statement with sharp, solid lines. The most common color for tribal tattoos is black. Typically, tribal tattoos do not include shading or texture. The artistic quality of a tribal tattoo comes from its symbolic design. In antiquity, tribal tattoos were used to identify members of certain tribes or to show social status or occupation. Some tribes used tattoos as medicine. Many tribal tattoos showcase animals as their main symbol. For example, shark teeth symbolize ferociousness and fearlessness while tribal butterflies symbolize delicacy. Haida tattoos are considered tribal tattoos because they are used by the Haida tribe indigenous to the western North American coast. Haida tattoos use the colors black, red and blue exclusively. Due to the thick lines and solid colored nature of tribal tattoos, they may be more difficult to remove or cover up than other tattoos.
Tribal tattoo ideas and samples can be found online or at a local tattoo parlor. For modern tribal tattoos, creativity is the key to developing the best idea for the art. Most people getting tribal tattoos today are not relying on the tattoo to identify their tribe or nation, so modern tribal tattoos are more flexible in design than tribal tattoos of the past. Although traditional tribal tattoos were usually only black, modern tribal tattoos can be any solid color and can even include a limited amount of shading. Some of the best ideas for tribal tattoos can come from samples the tattoo artist has in his or her portfolio. Other tribal tattoo ideas can be found in photos of tribal tattoos online:
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