In early civilizations it was important to belong to a tribe. Without the support of a group the chance of survival was slim. It was survival of the fittest and a person alone was an easy prey. It was better and safer to hunt for their food together, in packs, to protect each other from the animals they hunted and to give them a better chance of killing the animals to feed the tribe. Each member gained strength from the tribe through its support and protection.
It was important for each person to be recognized as a member of a particular tribe. This gave them a sense of belonging and, in a practical way, distinguished them from other tribes they might be fighting. They wore distinguishing marks so they could be recognized as part of a community which supported and protected them. From this they gained the strength they needed to face dangers and hardships they could not deal with alone. The tribal distinguishing marks were generally tattoos. They became their strength tattoos.
Tribal Tattoo Designs
The tribal style stands out because of its strong, bold lines. Generally, tribal tattoos are striking and dramatic. They are ideal if you want to make that bold statement. You can achieve this effect by using even a simple drawing. For example, a subject that is normally soft and delicate, such as a flower, can be transformed to a strong image while still keeping its beauty. Polynesian tattoos on arms, legs and backs send out a message of power and strength. They are ideal strength tattoos.
Tribal Tattoo Artwork
The artwork itself is also eye-catching. Many of the designs use a theme, such as a cross, animal, zodiac sign or flower and then build on that theme. The subject becomes the centerpiece of an image embellished with flowing lines and scrolls, which is often done with skilled artistry. This works very well with, say, a heart as the centerpiece if you want to wear an expression of love or to use it as a reminder of someone who gave you support in tough times or as a memento to someone who was close to you and who has since gone.
You can lift your spirits when you feel down by wearing a reminder of someone who loved you or who had faith in you. This can be your strength tattoo.