A “modern” tribal tattoo is a bit different from a traditional tribal tattoo. Most people nowadays forgo intricate and sprawling tribal tattoos in favor of smaller ones that portray a very specific image. Many often see tribal tattoos as just a style akin to a writing style. For example, a person would take a random image and then ask the artist to simply “convert” it into a tribal design, much to the dismay of tattoo lovers well-versed in the true meaning of tribal tattoos.
You can also go for portraits of fictional characters considered by many as a badass. Examples of which include Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) from Game of Thrones, Darth Maul (Ray Park) from Star Wars, the T-800 Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) from the Terminator films, and Blade (Wesley Snipes) from the Blade films. Be sure that the tattoo artist is well-experienced in the portrait department, though.
Matt Cooley puts his own spin on Rubin’s vase with this “bad apple” tattoo. But rather than a vase appearing between the two silhouettes, he’s incorporated a traditional-style skull—implying that this person was rotten to the core. It’s a simple, clever, and amusing piece of body art, that’s made more sophisticated with the additional of the optical illusion. And as Cooley shows again, a small illusion can subtly elevate a seemingly straightforward tattoo.
If you want an animal-based tattoo, the most obvious choices include lion tattoos, tiger tattoos, and wolf tattoos. The bigger the design, the better. Eagle tattoos are also excellent choices, especially when done on the upper back with the wings extending all the way to the shoulders. If you want badass animal-based tattoos inspired by different mythologies and religions, Hinduism is an excellent place to look into. There’s Ganesha (elephant), Narasimha (lion), and Garuda (eagle).
Now that you know the part of your body you need to flaunt your love for animals; next is style you would love your tattoo to be inspired with. Get creative and mix-match to craft something new to inspire other tattoo lovers born on earth. Well, deciphering the language of love that your pets give you is incredible and incomparable of what you do for them. Go and get these exotic tattoos dedicated to them (a bit of a dramatic idea to express your sentiments for your four legged buddy, I know; worth a try though!)
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