Many people who want a tattoo, but are unsure exactly what kind of design they want, will often choose a Tribal tattoo design. The modern Tribal body art style originated in America, but was heavily influenced by traditional styles from the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia – hence the name Tribal.
Despite being initially influenced by the Dyak style from Borneo, modern Tribal tattoos also show influences from many other traditional styles, such as: Aboriginal, African, American Indian, Aztec, Celtic, Chinese, Egyptian, Hawaiian, Hindu, Inuit, Japanese, Mayan, Maori, and Oriental.
Popularity for Tribal tattoos probably peaked around 1996 when George Clooney’s character displays an entire arm covered with a striking Tribal Tattoo design in the Quentin Tarantino film – From Dusk Till Dawn. Former boxer Mike Tyson has a very distinctive tribal tattoo design on his face which was probably inspired by the facial tattoos of Maori warriors. Wrestler turned actor Dwayne Johnson AKA ‘The Rock’ has a Polynesian derived tribal tattoo covering his shoulder. Johnny Depp has many tattoos and some of these have a tribal style look to them – though they are also mixed with, and framing, other styles. Robbie Williams has a large Maori inspired tribal tattoo design on his upper left arm and shoulder. Tennis player Anna Kournikova and singer Cheryl Cole, both have tribal tattoo designs on their lower backs.
Actress Pamela Anderson has a tattoo around her upper arm which she had made for her role in the film Barb Wire. Black tribal tattoos can also be ideal to cover or amend existing tattoos which you no longer like or care for.
At one time it was very popular for women to have symmetrical tribal tattoos placed on their lower back. In these tattoos, the Christian cross is combined with various tribal designs to make the tattoos look more stylish and attractive.

Modern Tribal Tattoos can be extremely visually striking as they are most often comprised of thick black lines forming bold, interlocking, swirling patterns.
Some people claim that the style was invented when Ed Hardy, a leading Tattoo artist in the US, lent a notebook – containing tribal tattoo designs made by the Dyak people of Borneo – to Los Angeles artist Leo Zulueta. Except for tantalising glimpses at the neck and wrist, the tattoo remains hidden for most of the film. From Dusk Till Dawn certainly did this with Tribal Tattoos and sent a lot of impressionable young people running straight to the nearest tattoo artist for a similar design.
Apparently Dwayne made a special trip to Hawaii so that a prestigious Samoan tattoo artist could create the design. Although the design is supposed to resemble barb wire circling her arm, it is clearly inspired by the tribal tattoo style very much in fashion at the time. Because they are such good ‘space fillers’ it is possible to visit a tattoo artist and have him draw up a design to cover any amount of space desired. Framing another design with plain black tribal swirls gives really good contrast which can make the other design really stand out and look so much more stunning. A talented tattoo artist should be able to easily compose a tribal style design to conceal even relatively large tattoos. Unfortunately, silly people in the media started calling these by the derogative name of ‘tramp stamp’, which led to an instant decline in popularity for lower back tribal tattoos. There are numerous varieties of tribal designs, which means countless options are available for styling these tattoos. Tribal tattoos probably owe much of their popularity to the fact that they can be extremely good ‘space fillers’ and that It is possible for a talented artist to create a striking tribal design on pretty much any part of the body! Impressed by the simple yet visually striking style of the Dyak designs, Zulueta began to heavily base his subsequent work upon tribal tattoos.

At the very end of the film George Clooney’s character nonchalantly removes his jacket to reveal that his entire left arm is covered in a striking black ‘flame’ tribal tattoo. He has also had a small tribal design tattooed onto the back of his head for his fortieth birthday. You can easily have an entire arm or leg covered in Tribal style and this can be very visually striking. Unwanted text or writing – such as the name of a former partner – can easily be covered with bold tribal style swirls. Tattoo artists are still experimenting with traditional tribal designs and are adding them to simple cross tattoos to craft appealing tribal cross tattoo designs. They can also be a very effective way to ‘frame’ other tattoo designs and link them together.
Zulueta tattooed a lot of punk musicians involved in the music scene in LA and this new simple, yet visually striking, style quickly entered popular culture. The ‘tattoo’ was actually drawn on with theatrical makeup and was created by a tattoo artist named Gill ‘The Drill’ Montie. Thanks to Quentin Tarantino, George Clooney and Gill ‘The Drill’ Montie, most of my right arm is now covered in a Tribal design! Here is a collection that includes some of the most beautiful and unique tribal cross tattoo ideas for you to choose from.

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