6 Reasons Why Tribal Tattoos Need to Go

For many years, there has been a disturbing trend in the world of tattoos. People are sporting tribal tattoos and other culturally significant body modifications without knowing anything about what they are getting. Tattoo artists have no problem inking paying customers with these tattoo designs because they generally take up a lot of space on the body which makes them a lot of money. Unfortunately, tattoo artists do not have to be the harbingers of good taste once you take a seat in their shops. Before you think about getting a tribal tattoo, consider these six reasons about why it is not the best idea.

They Degrade Cultures

Unless you have The Rock’s tattoo, which is a traditional Samoan tattoo design from his own culture, you probably don’t know the cultural significance of the artwork. If you just walk into a tattoo shop and ask for a random tribal tattoo, you are probably selecting something, at random, just because it looks cool, that has a lot of historical weight to someone else.

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Traditional Samoan Tattoo

They Become Mistranslated

If you decide to get a tattoo quote on your body in a foreign language that does not use the Western alphabet, you could be setting yourself up for failure. Many Asian language systems assign different meaning for the same symbols, which could make your tattoo ambiguous at best, or horribly mistranslated at worst.

Tribal Tattoos Are Not Authentic

For many tribal people who get their tattoos, they serve as a rite of passage. Members of tribes and cultures spend years perfecting their tattooing methods and get every aspect of the process down to a sacred ceremony. This simply cannot be replicated at your local tattoo parlor.

They Have Little to No Meaning to Outsiders

If you have not been a part of a tribal culture, or if you have never studied the culture of the tribal tattoo you want, you do not have an understanding of what it means. Just like you wouldn’t get a tattoo of a domestic symbol you don’t know about, don’t get one of a tribal symbol you know nothing about.

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Tribal Arm Tattoo

They Are Not Worn Correctly

Some people think that getting a half arm sleeve of Samoan tattoos means that they are a supreme warrior or ultimate fighting champion. Real Samoans got their tribal tattoos all over their body and did not leave part free of ink.

Everyone Else Has a Tribal Tattoo

Walk into a gym or go to a concert and you are bound to see a bunch of other people with the same tribal tattoos. The fact of the matter is that this tattoo fad has ended. You will stand out more if you opt for an original tattoo design of your own or of a trusted artist.


Tribal Back Tattoo

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