Tribal Tattoo DesignsTribal Tattoo Designs Many cultures throughout the world have at one time or another
practised tattooing: the decoration of the body by puncturing the skin in a specific design andinserting an indelible pigment.
A survey of the worlds tribal tattoo designs reveals an enormous variety. One unifying factor is the use of black pigment,
which leavesa bluish colour on the skin. Whilst the practice of tribal tattooing has beendeclining, there has been an upsurge in what could be
termed new tribal tattooing,especially in Western countries.
Here, the original tribal tattoos are applied but without any of the associated cultural
links. In particular, Dayak and Kayan tattoo designs from Borneo are popular and, and to a lesser extent, tribal tattoo designs originating from
the Pacific islands
As the origins of art are rooted in early cave paintings, so positive proof of Tattooing is obtained from recent
discoveries of ancient frozen mummified remains of early man that are covered in Tattoos. Oldest Tattooed body known to date is that of a
Bronze Age man who died over 5000 years ago.
He was found frozen intact in an Italian glazier. Researchers where startled at close examination he was found to have both arms,
legs and torso covered with elaborate Tribal Tattoo Designs representing mythical creatures. 15000 BC ice age rock carvings show Tattooed
figures, 4200 BC Egyptian mummies wear Tribal Tattoos.
Archeologically validated works of art showing Tribal Tattoo Designs started to appear about 30000 years ago. One must not forget
that, with the exemption of mummies, all art on the Human body disappears into the fire or ashes along with its bearer.
Western culture now has a widespread resurgence and acceptance of the Tribal Tattoo Designs practice of Tattooing. More
and more research on Tribal people, their arts, Tattoos, and lifestyles, and more and more available images of Tattooed people have led to
western peoples interest in Tribal Tattoos.
Pretechnological designs (i.e.,Black Tribal Tattoo Designs) give the wearer a link to the origins of all present human society, a
past Tribal Tattoo culture wherein the Tattoo had an inner meaning to the wearer , not just a modern symbol of our present culture such as a
Mickey Mouse Tattoo.