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We rounded up 27 of our favorite tribal tattoos from Instagram to give you some design inspiration.

tribal arm tattoo

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Tribal tattoos have traditionally been used to demonstrate your social status among peers or a specific religious belief. Samoan, Polynesian and Maori cultures are some of the most popular tribes that are known for their tattoo traditions.

Today, both men and women can get tribal tattoos to show off their religious belief or unique personality.

Whether you are planning to get an arm, chest, back or leg tattoo, we have a few amazing examples for you in this gallery. Let’s get started…


Check out the front and back of this classic tribal half sleeve tattoo

tribal arm tattoo

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What about a modern tribal tattoo on your shoulder?

tribal shoulder tattoo

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Take a look at this intricate tribal design for your calf

tribal calf tattoo

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Want a full sleeve? Check out this design

tribal arm tattoo

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Like detailed tribal designs? You’ll love this leg tattoo

tribal leg tattoo

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Show off your forearm with this intricate tribal design

forearm with tribal tatoo

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Take your tribal tattoo to the next level with some shading

tribal sleeve tattoo

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However, this forearm tribal tattoo looks good without shading

tribal forearm tattoo

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This solid tribal tattoo is intense. What do you think?

tribal shoulder tattoo

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Combine a solid design with shading to get this awesome work of art

tribal shoulder tattoo

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Showoff your heritage with a creative take on a tribal tattoo

tribal shoulder tattoo

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This is a great example that your tribal tattoo can be unique and traditional at the same time

tribal chest tattoo

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Ready to go full-sleeve? Check this design out

tribal sleeve tattoo

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Everyone will know you mean business with a tattoo like this one

tribal shoulder tattoo

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A little bit of symmetry goes a long way in this design

tribal arm tattoo

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This guy is on his way to a full body tribal tattoo

tribal chest tattoo

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A tribal mask is the center of this hardcore design

tribal chest tattoo

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A great example of a geometric tribal tattoo design

tribal sleeve tattoo

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Think you’re brave enough for a hand tattoo? Here’s some inspiration

tribal forearm tattoo

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Looks like he is only halfway finished with his tribal tattoo

solid tribal tattoo

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Very clean example of a back and shoulder tattoo

tribal back tattoo

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Another back tattoo that looks like a tribal woodcarving

tribal back tattoo

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Finally, a complete chest tattoo

tribal chest tattoo

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Every artist know how important white space is, this one is no different

tribal arm tattoo

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This looks like it was inspired by the Myans

tribal chest tattoo

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Another great example of a half sleeve tribal tattoo

tribal arm tattoo

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Does your girl like tattoos as much as you do?

tribal arm tattoo

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These were just a few our of favorite tribal tattoos. If you have a tattoo design you would like to share with us, please post it on our Facebook page at facebook.com/hcdmag