The history of Tribal Tattoos can be credited to a great many people spanning hundreds and thousands of years- Native American, African, Egyptian, Oceanic, Oriental, Buddhist, Tibetan etc. to name a few. As the art of tribal tattooing travelled across the world, each tribe created their own style, their own method of tattooing and the meanings of each tattoo were altered to fit the beliefs and practices of each tribe.
There are various different tribes and people that it is virtually very difficult to explain the meaning of each and every tribal tattoo. However if you take a look at Africa and all of the tribes there you can tell that there are tattoos that denote that person's social status, where their tribe is located. Spiritual protection and a rite of passage are all important reasons for a tribal person to receive a tattoo.
It is very easy to spot a tribal tattoo. They are normally linear designs that are also abstract. They do come in a variety of different sizes but are usually medium to large. There are people who have a tribal tattoo that covers a large portion of their back, arm or chest. These tattoos are almost always done in black because this is the traditional shade of ink that peoples had access to centuries ago.
The key to do a good Tribal tattoo is maintaining the balance. The designs that are created are symmetrical and tend to flow over the area of the body where they are placed. The intricacy of the lines and the way they are woven together make tribal tattoos an "ideal" tattoo.