So you are a fan of body art, and you’re looking for some tribal art tattoo ideas. You do know that these tend to be one of the more painful forms of tattoo to have done due to their intricacy and scale, right? Well, then you’re a tough one and I admire you. Tattoos are a big decision, because unless you want to go through a lot of pain and expense to have it removed, you will spend the rest of your life bearing the marks you choose. No pressure, right?

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Well, when it comes to tribal art tattoo ideas, it really depends on what your motive is in choosing them. Most people with such designs are representing some heritage they either have genetically, or of a culture that they personally admire for one reason or another. In this case, you probably know the kinds of markings you want, you’re just not sure where to place them.

A word of advice with tattoos in general is that in most of western culture, it’s best to avoid the forearm, hands or face when getting a tattoo. This way, should you feel the need to be in a place that frowns on public display of such artwork, it is easy to comfortably cover up. There is also a social stigma in these cultures regarding tattoos on the head, often being wrongfully and stereotypically associated with criminal elements or less savory social movements. Of course these are wrongful profiling mindsets, but they are what they are.

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Now, if you’re just a fan of tribal designs, but have no personal connection with anything specific, I should feel that before I make suggestions, I should say something. Be respectful of other cultures. If you love their designs, that’s wonderful, but it’s respectful to use designs that’re very similar to theirs, rather than literally copying their designs. In many cultures where tattooing is a social norm, the designs are sacred and have deep meanings. Most cultures won’t really take offense, but … let’s respect them, shall we?

When looking for tribal art inspiration, in this situation, it’s best to seek out the more abstract markings. These are hard to accidentally misinterpret as you travel about our planet, and tend to be more timeless. A good example of these sorts of markings are Polynesian and Maori tattoo designs, which have become increasingly popular as the world’s focus on the pacific rim increases in modern times. They tend to consist of intricate interleavings of circles, curves and lines that can be very attractive and respectable, and tend to go well with any skin tone and both genders. Similar markings can be found in South America, originating with the Inca, Maya and Olmec cultures, though they tend to consist more of dots and angular lines than the curves of Polynesia.

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Those looking to not disrespect very much alive and noble tribal cultures can also look to tribes that no longer exist for inspiration as well. Looking to the designs left by the ancient European, Asian and African cultures can bring some very beautiful designs that are tasteful, respectable and very memorable. The key when looking for tribal art tattoo ideas is remembering first why you are pursuing them, and in most cases, just being respectful to those to whom the markings may be very special and sacred.


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, what is a picture of words worth? Well, evidently it must be worth quite a bit, with so many people looking for quotes tattoo ideas nowadays. At one time, tattoos involving the written word were fairly limited to names, dates and the like, relating to personal, very dear memories of the person who bore them. In recent times, this has changed.

This is a result of both the increasing depth put into tattoos people choose, and the increasing skill of artists and quality of their tools as well. Once, it would have been difficult to do print at an even, lengthy level with this equipment, but that’s not the case anymore, and this opens up a lot of possibilities. So, what are some good quotes tattoo ideas?

Quotes Quotes Tattoo IdeasGood idea or bad? You decide. A very long quote tattoo

Well, first let me say that clichés should be avoided at all costs, because, well, they’re clichés. They mean little beyond practical axioms, and are kind of tasteless. Plus, you’re literally a walking cliché if you do this, and nobody wants to be that, do they? I didn’t think so.

The thing to consider is, what interests you? In your life, what intellectual pursuits are the most important and significant to you? Are you a man or woman of science? If so, consider a quote from one of the great science fiction authors or one of the great minds of science.

PainTattoo Quotes Tattoo IdeasA painful tattoo. And a nice quote

I have seen quite a few Heinlein, Clarke and Sagan quotes, and man, are those guys eloquent! Are you a fan of history? Well, there’s no end to quotes from historical figures and historians to choose from. Avoid quotes by vilified figures though, even if the quotes do have powerful meaning. People tend to see the speakers, not their words, when it comes to negatively enforced history. Don’t get a quote by Attila the Hun, Kublai Khan or Adolph Hitler tattooed on you, no matter how insightful it may be.

Are you a philosopher at heart? The Buddha is no end of great and powerful words to quote, as is Confucius, Ptolemy and Socrates. I for one am a fan of Nietzsche.
Something to avoid, though, are pop culture quotes, because they will lose their meaning over time. They will become dated, and they will quickly date you.

You’re no doubt familiar with people who were old enough in the 60s and 70s to get ink work done. Do any of their flower power and disco era cultural reference tattoos do anything more than date them severely now? This is what will happen with pop culture quotes if you have them tattooed on your body. If you really like a pop culture thing, and don’t mind this, then by all means do as you feel is right. You may be lucky and the thing you quote becomes one of the timeless treasures of our zeitgeist. Everything was merely pop culture when it was new, after all.
In truth, though, when considering quotes tattoo ideas, it’s best to search for something not cliché, and which holds a very special meaning to you, not to those around you.


When looking for animal tattoo ideas, it’s important to remember first of all that there are better places than others to put a tattoo. Remember, while tattoos are a great way to express oneself and embrace the purest and rawest sense of art, there come times in our lives where we must look and represent ourselves in a certain way. This means that tattoos should always be in locations that can comfortably be covered up should we find ourselves in need of the ability to.

That said, that leaves most of the body beyond the head, hands and maybe forearms, with which to work. A famous tattoo artist once said that the human body is a canvas waiting the tough of the brush, through which the greatest beauty can be brought out through the soul itself.

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So, you’re an animal lover, looking for animal tattoo ideas. First, stop and think of why you want an animal tattoo. Is there a specific species or range of species of animals to which you feel a special relation? Are you a cat or dog lover? Are you an advocate of animal rights or the preservation of a species that’s in danger?

If so, then you probably have a general idea of the types of animals you want, of course, but there are a number of ways to represent these animals in ink. Realistic portraiture of animals is possible with a skilled tattoo artist, but man does the detailing hurt, and man is it expensive to do. You may be better off in some cases in going with a less realistic depiction. Try something stylistic or even vaguely cartoon-esque if possible. This is especially possible with cats, dogs and fish, which are popular animals in the tattoo world. You’ll see more stylized versions of these animals than you will realistic depictions, and for good reason.

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But, let’s say you’re just looking for a cool animal that may represent your attitude on life. What kind of animal best exemplifies your attitude? Are you a free spirit who wants to roam and not be tied down? An eagle probably best represents you.
Are you a hard working, steadfast and honest person? Then perhaps you’re best represented by the lion or the bear, which by tribes near these animals’ habitats have always revered them to be the personifications of.

Are you a strong fighter who wants to stand for what’s right and what you believe? Then you need perhaps a tiger, or maybe wolf, both strong, confident animals that represent these powerful philosophies. In the end, it just depends on what animal you feel really relates the most to you. Think long and hard, because when you settle on one of the available animal tattoo ideas, it’s pretty much permanent unless you want to go through painful procedures to remove it. But, with enough time and thought, you can find the animal that best depicts you, and in which you see a special kind of beauty above and beyond the rest of the animals in the world. Know yourself, and you will know the right animal for your skin to bear.