If you are thinking about getting a tribal tattoo then you will have many designs to choose from. A tribal tattoo is among the more popular tattoos to be done by tattoo artists today. In the past tribal tattoos were a way for tribes to identify their members, they also were used to signify battles fought and also to show social standing in the tribe. These types of tattoos were also thought of in the past, as a rebellious symbol, today it is no longer seen in that light. How then do you find the right tribal tattoo for you? You have three main choices:
1. Research the meaning
With so many so called tribal tattoos being passed off as the real thing it would be prudent for you to do some research on tribal tattoos. You must first understand that tribal tattoos are usually impacted by the art of the indigenous peoples. What you see today are tribal tattoos emanating from the native Indians of north central and South America, African tribes, The Celtics and Samos tribes. In your research you can check your local library for designs and their meanings.
As you do your research, keep in mind what aspect of your personality you would like the tribal tattoo to portray. You may also want to consider the qualities you would like to develop in yourself as a starting point for finding the right tribal tattoo. You can also go on the internet and do a search for the original tribal designs of whichever tribe that you favor. Try out a couple of sites first and then decide on one. You will find many online galleries that have an extensive array of tribal tattoo designs.
Remember that most of the tribal tattoos may have many meanings attached to them. So be sure to check the different meanings so that when you choose a design you are not suddenly surprised to find out it has some hidden meaning you did not know about.
2. Tattoo shop
If you are not too concerned with meanings you can go to your local tattoo shop and ask to see their tribal tattoo designs. Many shops will have a vast catalog of tribal tattoo designs for you to choose from. You can choose one that appeals to you or simply catches your eye. You can also ask the tattoo artists for their input as to which design they think best suits you and if they can make any modifications to the present design. Most tattoo artists will facilitate your request.
3. Tattoo magazines
You can also do your search for tribal tattoo designs in tattoo magazines. There are many of them to choose from and some of them constantly carry sections dealing with tribal tattoo. In them you will certainly find a treasure trove of designs. You may even find in these magazines the meanings the tribal tattoos carry.
To find the right tribal tattoo will take you some time and any of the methods above will make your search much easier. You will need to be patient and persistent so that you can find the design that appeals to you.