75 Tribal Tattoos For Men

Tribal tattoos have been popular for decades due to their intricate, cool designs. Historically, tribal designs were used as a means to differentiate between local tribes and cultural groups as well as a way to demonstrate fighting ability and social status. Although tribal tattoos are primarily rooted in ancient traditions and cultures, today’s ink most closely identifies with guys wanting that badass look associated with power and strength.

If you’re considering this type of tat, it may be difficult to pick the best tribal tattoo. With so many cool tattoo ideas out there and so many different body parts to get inked, it’s important that you choose the right drawings that represent you. Whether you want a tribal tattoo on your sleeve, shoulder, arm, forearm, chest, back, or leg, you’ll love our collection below!

Here’s our guide to the top tribal tattoos for men!

Cool Tribal Tattoos

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Tribal Tattoo Meanings

When you get a tribal tattoo, it’s important to understand the symbols and meanings behind them. Tribal tattoos today often blend ancient symbols with modern culture. The interlocking spiral motif is often paired with sharp edges to evoke a more powerful image.

Of course, different cultures used certain geometrical images to portray specific motifs, but in today’s world that’s not always the case since tribal tats are simply sought and appreciated for their artistic beauty.

Chest Tribal Tattoo For Men

South American Tribal Tattoos

As scary as the Mayan predictions were for some people, their tribal tattoo motifs are equally intriguing for tattoo enthusiasts. The artwork of South American tribal designs is usually more complex than others. You can find numerous references to both good and evil symbols on any given South American tribal tattoo.

Polynesian

Some Hawaiian traditional men’s tribal tattoos depict shark’s teeth on them. It may look like just another use of geometrical figures to outsiders but for those familiar with the Polynesian culture, they have meaning. The shark tooth is said to symbolize protection.

Some tattoos are used to show someone’s status among the tribe. The Rock’s most recognizable tribal tattoo is the mark of a chief-warrior.

The Rock Tribal Tattoos

Celtic Tribal Designs

Celtic knots are popular and also come with history and meaning behind them. Celtic warriors were often inked in their ancient methods with various tribal designs. Some were meant to show power, wisdom, and union, while others were used almost like charms. There are many Celtic tribal tats for bringing luck and fortune to the ones who wear them.

Celtic Tattoos For Men

Abstract Tattoos

Of course, not everything has to mean something. Because of the increased popularity of these designs, sometimes cool tribal tattoos for guys are just tattoos. Tattooing is a different kind of art and you don’t always have to search for hidden meaning in abstract ideas.

Best Places To Get These Tattoos

As tattoos are becoming less taboo, it’s obvious that there are no more limitations on what part of the body you should or could ink. Instead, let’s have a look at some of the more popular body parts to get a tribal tat.

Tribal Arm Tattoos

In plain sight and with plenty of canvas to work on, tribal arm tattoos are popular for males of all ages. The skin is not as sensitive so it’s easier to commit to long tattooing sessions.

Tribal Arm Tattoos

Tribal Forearm Tattoos

Very similar to the arm area, tribal forearm tattoos are also preferred as this placement is easy to show off the design. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, then a tribal shoulder tattoo might offer the perfect location to easily showcase or conceal your artwork.

Tribal Forearm Tattoo

Tribal Sleeve Tattoos

Tribal sleeve tattoos are reserved for enthusiasts. If only tatting a section of your arm doesn’t do your drawing justice, consider a sleeve or half sleeve to get the job done in style!

Tribal Sleeve Tattoo For Men

Full Sleeve Tribal Tattoo

Full Sleeve Tribal Tattoos

Tribal Shoulder Tattoos

Tribal shoulder tattoos may be the most popular spot to get this type of ink. This is because the shoulder can easily be hidden under a dress shirt or regular t-shirt. Similarly, the shoulder muscle is sizable enough to prominently display this powerful ink.

Men's Tribal Shoulder Tattoo

Tribal Leg Tattoos

If you’re looking for ideas for tribal tattoos for men on the legs, they’re not hard to come by. Just like the arms, legs offer a great skin canvas when it comes to tribal designs. You can make use of the Celtic knots and wrap them around your calf, or make a strong statement with more sharp and abstract images.

Tribal Thigh Tattoo

Tribal Back Tattoos

It’s not uncommon to see the upper back inked with tribal designs that usually extend towards the shoulders. There are even plenty of tribal patterns that make use of the spine to better represent an image.

Back Tribal Tattoos

Tribal Hand Tattoos

Although the most visible part of the body, some men prefer tribal hand tattoos. While we don’t recommend this area because the bones in the hand make this a very painful place to get inked, if you’re dedicated enough, it can be done.

Tribal Hand Tattoo

Tribal Chest Tattoos

Using the chest for a tribal tattoo location is rarer than you might think. Generally, you would see tattoos that come down from the shoulders or extend upwards from the sides. Using only the chest for a tribal drawing may not do the intricate patterns enough justice.

Tribal Chest Tattoo

Cool Tribal Tattoos

In modern day, the Polynesian, Samoan, Maori and Hawaiian cultures have become closely associated with the tribal tattoo, yet other ancient cultures such as the Aztecs, Mayans, Egyptians, Japanese, and Chinese have crafted their own depictions of the body art style. Some of the best tribal tattoos are created by blending elements of several designs into one.

If you’re excited about getting a tribal tattoo for men, then you’ll need plenty of designs and ideas before taking one to your tattooist. Check out these awesome examples to see which one you want!

Chest, Shoulder and Sleeve Warrior Tribal Tattoo

Tribal Tattoos For Men

Black Sleeve Tribal Ink

Arm Tribal Tattoos

Tribal Design on Back

Tribal Neck Tattoo

Wolf Tribal Design on Chest

Animal Tribal Tattoos

Unique Tribal Armor on Back

Awesome Tribal Tattoos

Tattoo on Calf

Cool Tribal Tat

Full Leg Black Tribal Ink

Tribal Leg Tattoo

Arm, Shoulder and Chest Tribal Design

Awesome Tribal Tattoos For Men

Awesome Chest + Shoulder Tribal Tattoo Idea

Male Tribal Tattoos

Shoulder + Sleeve Tribal Armor

Tribal Sleeve Tattoos

Cool Chest Tribal Art

Tribal Tattoo Art

Full Chest and Stomach Tribal Designs

Tribal Tattoo Designs

Hot Shoulder Tribal Drawing

Tribal Art Tattoos For Men

Half Sleeve and Shoulder Tribal Design

Tribal Tattoo Drawings

Dark Tribal Design on Back

Tribal Tattoo Ideas

Tribal Design + Bull Artwork on Side

Bull Tribal Tattoo

Badass Tribal Design on Leg

Tribal Calf Tattoo

Bear Tribal Tattoo

Bear Tribal Tattoo

Aztec Tattoo Design

Aztec Tattoo Design

Creative Polynesian Tattoo

Creative Polynesian Tattoo

Filipino Tribal Tattoo

Filipino Tribal Tattoo

Creative Tribal Lion Tattoo on Chest

Creative Tribal Lion Tattoo on Chest

Cool Tribal Arm Tattoo

Cool Tribal Tattoos

Polynesian Tribal Design

Polynesian Tribal Designs

Remarkable Tribal Back Tattoo

Remarkable Tribal Back Tattoo

Sexy Tribal Tattoo Drawing

Sexy Tribal Tattoo Drawings

Thigh Band Tattoo

Thigh Band Tattoo

Arm and Shoulder Tribal Design

Tribal Design

Leg and Thigh Sleeve Tattoo

Leg and Thigh Sleeve Tattoo

Male Tribal Neck Tattoo

Male Tribal Neck Tattoos

Native American Tribal Tattoo For Men

Native American Tribal Tattoos For Men

Full Leg Tribal Design

Full Leg Tribal Designs

Hawaiian Tribal Arm Tattoo

Hawaiian Tribal Arm Tattoo

Tribal Fish Tattoo

Tribal Fish Tattoo

Tribal Lion Tattoo

Tribal Lion Tattoo

Tribal Scorpion Tattoo

Tribal Scorpion Tattoo

Aztec Warrior Tattoo

Aztec Warrior Tattoo

Turtle Tribal Tattoo

Turtle Tribal Tattoos

Polynesian Shark Tattoo

Polynesian Shark Tattoo

Native American Tribal Tattoo

Native American Tribal Tattoos

Polynesian Thigh Tattoo

Polynesian Thigh Tattoo

Tribal Half Sleeve Tattoo

Tribal Half Sleeve Tattoo

Unique Tribal Thigh Tattoo

Unique Tribal Thigh Tattoo

Cool Forearm Tribal Art

Forearm Tribal Tattoo For Men

Hawaiian Tribal Tattoo

Hawaiian Tribal Tattoos

Polynesian Leg Tattoo

Polynesian Leg Tattoo

Colorful Chest and Arm Tattoo

Spiral Tribal Tattoo

Full Arm Tribal Tattoo For Men

Shoulder Celtic Tattoo

Shoulder Tribal Tattoo

Intricate Tribal Arm Design

Tribal Tattoo Sleeve

3D Tribal Tattoo

3D Tribal Tattoo

Maori Tattoo For Men

Maori Tattoo For Men

Maori Shoulder Tattoo

Maori Shoulder Tattoo

Celtic Knot Leg Tattoo

Celtic Knot Leg Tattoo

Tribal Skull Tattoo

Tribal Skull Tattoo

Chest and Torso Tattoo

Chest and Torso Tattoo

Awesome Tribal Hand Tattoo

Awesome Tribal Hand Tattoo

Filipino Sun Tattoo

Filipino Sun Tattoo

Dark Half Sleeve Tattoo

Dark Half Sleeve Tattoo

Hawaiian Chest Tattoo

Hawaiian Chest Tattoo

Tribal Rib Cage Tattoo

Tribal Rib Cage Tattoo

Shoulder Blade Tattoo

Shoulder Blade Tattoo