Tribal Tattoos Make a Resurgence

by Hamza Davis - Date: 2007-05-12 - Word Count: 562 Share This!

Recently Tribal Tattoos have enjoyed a rejuvenation . The originals go beyond the intertwined stripes of black shapes that are common today. Bountious of the ancient tattoo patterns have given way to swirls, spikes, knots, and totems that come from the conception of the initiator rather than any of the ancient tribes.

The tribal style of tattoos comes from the older tribes such as the Celtics (Ireland, Scotland, & Wales), Maori Tribe (indigenous people of Brand-new Zealand), The Haida Tribe (indigenous people along the west coast of North America), the Marquesan (Polynesian inhabitants of the Marquises Islands) and the tribes of Borneo. Native Americans also used tattoos to denote rank, abundance, tribe affiliation, family, role in world and deeds of bravery.


The Maori tribes migrated from Eastern Polynesia around 800 to 1300 AD and were the initial settlers in Advances Zealand. They developed their own language. The Maori were described as a furious and glorious warrior race. Inter-tribal warfare was a way of life, with the conquered being enslaved or eaten! The British exempted the Maori from conscription in World War Two, however. over 17,000 Maori Natives volunteered! The traditional Maori tribal tattoos are known as ta moko, and consisted of bold spiral designs covering the face. The tattooing process was a tribal ritual that made the use of bone chisels for tattooing.


The Haida are North American Indians who were clever fishermen and seafarers who lived along the coast of British Columbia and Alaska. The Haida are well known as skilled artisans of wood, metal and design. They were also known as fearsome warriors who kidnapped slaves as far south in California. The Tribal tattoos of the Haida resembled pictures of the Indian astrology, thunderbirds, beavers, bears, and fish. The tattoo style of the Haida is forceful and masculine.


The Celts were a self-respecting , warrior class who inhabited the English Isles before the Roman invasion 55 B.C. under Julius Caesar. The Celts were such a threat that the Romans built the Hadrian Wall to keep them away. The endless knots inside and out of the outlines identify the Tribal tattoos of the Celtics.arquesan

Sea-faring Polynesians from Samoa colonized the Marquises Islands as early as 300 A.D. They were warring tribes who sometimes cannibalized their enemies. The devastation of the native Marquesan occurred with the introduction of diseases from the European explorers. These islanders covered their bodies completely with tattoos. The Marquesan Islanders used their bodies as a living canvas that told picture stories.


Borneo is the third largest island in the world. The rainforest of the Borneo Island is very rich in biodiversity. The tribes of Borneo used tattoos for protection and proof of their achievements. Needless to say, they were notorious as headhunters. Their tattoos usually took the form of scorpions, flowers, dogs, dragons and spirals.


The ex-professional boxer, Mike Tyson's facial tattoo was influenced by a combination of the Maori and Borneo Tribal tattoos.

Sandra Bullock has a Tribal tattoo design below her navel.

Pamela Anderson of Bay Watch fame, has a scattering tattoos, including a Tribal design on her lower back.


The vivid template of the Tribal tattoo expresses personal freedom and uniqueness of the wearer. Tribal tattoos have a simple appeal that reinforces a positive feeling about ourselves and connects us to ancient mystery of the tribal rituals, which faded away with history.

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