Tribal tattoos have taken off in the recent years due to their intricate and attractive design, offering many possibilities for the tattoo enthusiast. It is estimated that nearly one third of all tattoo art today is some form of tribal design. The term tribal art refers to any number of designs ranging from the traditional tribal designs of indigenous and aboriginal cultures to the latest in graphic design. This style is characterized by black lines and curving shapes which together form a stylized animal, nature motif, or merely a design which means something deeper to the native artist.
The first tribal tattoos were more than mere decorations; they portrayed a sign of spiritual belief, honor to a deity, or a designation of familial lineage. In some cultures, identical tattoos were applied on the fingers of a man and woman to serve as a wedding ring. They were applied in a very primitive, and quite painful, manner via sticks, combs, needles made of bone, or styluses and utilized inks made from natural dye sources.
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Koi fish tattoo design is a favorite design for many tattoo enthusiasts due their beauty and meaning. Probably most surprising to many Westerners is the large amount of ancient myth that surrounds these beautiful fish from the Orient and their elevated status there. Most widely known here as the brightly colored fish that are found in ponds and fountains, carp (koi is Japanese for carp) can be found in a variety of colors that include white, yellow, gold, deep orange, and calico-colored. Especially exotic specimens of koi have been known to sell for prices over half-a-million dollars from private collectors who specialize in their breeding and showing. Although, the koi is far from just an ordinary colorful and collectible fish.
Koi are also one of the most popular and beautiful of Japanese tattoo symbols. Although Chinese in origin, the carp is now widely celebrated in Japan, particularly for its manly qualities. It is said to climb waterfalls bravely, and, if caught, it lies upon the cutting board awaiting the knife without a quiver, not unlike a samurai (warrior) facing a sword. This theme dates back to ancient China, where a legend tells of how any koi that succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate (on the Yellow River) would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement.
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If you are doing research to find the meaning of dragon tattoos you’ve come to the right place. As with most tattoos, the dragon tattoo can have different meaning based on the style you choose. One of the more popular types of dragons that people get tattooed is the Chinese dragon. The meaning behind this tattoo is based upon how the Chinese view dragons. This tattoo will symbolize wisdom and good will, which is how the ancient Chinese saw their dragons as. Getting this tattoo symbolizes good will in your future.
Another popular style of dragon tattoo is the Japanese style which represents balance. The dragon is seen as a creature that is able to balance the yin and the yang of life. When choosing this style of tattoo you may be trying to find a balance in your life. It is also symbol of supernatural powers in Japanese culture, with incredible strength and a hidden wisdom. It was said the only way to journey past a dragon was to answer its riddles. There are also Celtic dragons, thought to bring order to their kingdom. They are similar to Japanese dragons in this sense,and also represent power.
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