Inside: Aboriginal Tattoos Definition, Meaning & Inspiration.
Aboriginal Tattoos Description
These designs find their basis in the historical techniques used by ancient Aboriginal tribes. Many tattooists are inspired by this style and often these designs feature an excellent balance between nature, man, and experience. These tattoos should be personal and not just decorative.
History & Culture of Aboriginal Tattoos
Artwork and body painting were and still are an important part of the aboriginal culture; it is used in traditional ceremonies and rituals. Many of the traditional tattoos we see from this side of the world are inspired by dreams and nature, which are incredibly important in Aboriginal culture. What’s interesting is that many symbols (such as the simple black sun design, shown below) are passed down from generation to generation. Some symbols are more personal to that individual group. In fact, there are some symbols and designs that are only allowed to be drawn by one single artist.
Aboriginal Tattoo Pictures
Aboriginal artwork and tattoos are incredibly personal and many of the meanings of symbols and designs are kept a secret. Native aboriginals sport tattoos both non-permanent and permanent right across their body from head to toe. Most tattoos are simple in color featuring just black ink, however, you are more likely to see colorful tattoos or artwork when animals such as the kangaroo are featured.
The Significance of ‘Dots’
Many aboriginal designs feature ‘dots’, and these are believed to distort the message of the tattoo and protect the artwork’s true meaning. However, others disregard this and believe that dots are in fact an important symbol themselves and have their own hidden meaning. Nobody bar the tribes themselves has the answer to this.
Modern Aboriginal-Inspired Tattoos
Modern aboriginal tattoos find their basis in the historical techniques used by ancient Aboriginal tribes. Many tattooists are inspired by this style and often these designs feature an excellent balance between nature, man, and experience. These tattoos should be personal and not just decorative.
This exceptional culture is steeped in history, and aboriginal art is a great way to start when seeking inspiration. Do your research, be creative, and create some of the most impressive tribal tattoo designs possible.