Tribal tattoo designs
are probably the most popular tattoo style in the Western hemisphere, at least in the last few years. The craze for tribals has slowed down in some parts of the world, but is still going strong in many places. Why are tribal tats so sought-after by so many people? And what does it mean for a tattoo to be called "tribal," anyway?
The term "tribal
," as commonly used in referring to tattoo designs
, means tattoos that have distinctive curving, interweaving lines and lots of solid ink (usually black). Most often these are abstract designs, often customized
to fit a particular body part, but any design or subject can be done in a tribal style -- they're not just simple patterns for the arm, chest, and lower back anymore! ;)