Tattoo artwork got its beginnings from ancient civilizations. In general, tattoos had more symbolism and meaning to these ancient civilizations as well as being appreciated for their beauty. Sometimes tattoos were a symbol of the person’s stature in their community or tribe. Tattoos were used to for identification purposes but also were believed to have powers. Wearing such a tattoo enabled the wearer with wisdom and power.
Native Americans are one of the cultures that believed that tattoos possessed power. Tattooing a person was a ritual and was usually conducted out in the great outdoors. Slivers of rock or animals bones were often used for a needle. Fish bones were a popular choice. Ink color was derived from plants and other natural resources. Getting a tattoo in this fashion also proved the person were brave since this method of tattooing was exceptionally painful. The longer the sessions and the larger the tattoo the more respect the person was given.
Only some tribal men were usually trained how to apply tattoos. Many people continue to admire the history and culture of Native Americans. It’s no wonder that images of Native American related topics continue to be very popular these days. Native Americans represent a brave and strong people. They lived off the land and survived a hard existence. Even to this day people are attracted to the art work and crafts based on their history.
The topics chosen for tattoos to represent Native American culture range from realistic portraiture, feathers, musical instruments, tools, religions, tents, and jewelry will be seen in many Native American tattoo designs. Typical tattoos for Native Americans also included mythical creatures, eagles, feathers, rattlesnakes, and bears. Some people refer to Native American as part of tribal art style.
With the popularity of these tattoo designs also comes a nice variety of tattoo flash and artwork to use for resources for a tattoo idea. For people that are related to the Native American culture they often like to proudly display this with a tattoo which symbolizes their Native American heritage and possibly the specific tribe they are descended from.