Tattoos are all about portraying the state of humanity using visuals. As we all know, 2016 was a happening year for space exploration and it will only get more exciting from here. Companies such as SpaceX (led by the brilliant engineer Elon Musk) are helping us get closer to the dream of ‘common people’ visiting space! As such, we’re starting to see a trend emerge around tattoos related to space exploration. Our prediction is that this trend is not going away anytime soon; it will only become more and more relevant! Here’s a cool tattoo that we recently came across:

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What are your thoughts on this? Would you get it? I definitely would but I’d love to hear your thoughts on improving this further and perhaps adding a bit of a twist to make this colorful tattoo even better. If you’re interested in something for the upper arm, something like this may interest you more:

space2 300x300 Space Exploration Tattoos Upper Arm Space Exploration Tattoo

This one is a slight variation to the one before and is not as “in your face” as the other one. It really depends on your style and preferences. Share your thoughts in the comments below! If you want more space and want to be a bit discrete about your tattoo, another idea is to have it on your back. I’ve seen some great back tattoos revolving around the theme of space exploration, planets, and our solar system. Here’s a neat back tattoo that I found quite interesting:

 

space3 Space Exploration Tattoos Solar System Back Tattoo

As you can see, this is not a super extensive tattoo and is somewhat discrete if you want it to be. It still has a “cool feel” to it and I think it looks quite nice. I’ve noticed this is more of a “women tattoo” – no, not being sexist but just stating that in my experience I’ve seen more girls enjoy these kind of tattoos than men. That is not to say that a guy cannot pull this tattoo off – if you feel it, go for it!

As I said before, I’m really interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas – share away in the comments! Pictures/designs are encouraged!

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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?

th Tribal Art Tattoo IdeasA creative and detailed tribal tattoo

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.

tribetattoo Tribal Art Tattoo IdeasYet Another Tribal Tattoo

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.

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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.

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