What are these tattoos about?

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    Apr 24, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    Alot of men are getting these weird pattern style tattoos, do they have some meaning?

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  • AlexGuess

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    Apr 24, 2010 2:00 AM GMT
    If I'm not mistaken that's a tribal tattoo, that is a tattoo that the design has no meaning, they just like how it looks.
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    Apr 24, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    They usually have no meaning unless the guy has one for it. On a whole they're called Tribal (or Neo-Tribal), generally a block colour curve pattern but some people get them done in red or in a chrome look. Derived from tattoo styles of Maori and other cultures with a history of tattooing.

    It's a style that's very contemporary (most guys go for a whole sleeve of the arm) and I think suits an athletic frame because it accentuates the muscles and looks "clean" as opposed to a mix of tattoos with different styles.

    Straight porn star Scott Nails has a great tribal sleeve, check him out for that reason or his gorgeous body and smile hehhehe
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    Apr 24, 2010 2:09 AM GMT


    Tribal + primal = Hot Fuck sessionicon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 24, 2010 12:01 PM GMT
    AlexGuess saidIf I'm not mistaken that's a tribal tattoo, that is a tattoo that the design has no meaning, they just like how it looks.


    Actually Alex a tribal tattoo has alot of meaning, tattoos have served as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, pledges of love, punishment, amulets and talismans, protection, and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts. The symbolism and impact of tattoos varies in different places and cultures. Tattoos may show how a person feels about a relative (commonly mother/father or daughter/son) or about an unrelated person.


    Today, people choose to be tattooed for cosmetic, sentimental/memorial, religious, and magical reasons, and to symbolize their belonging to or identification with particular groups. Some Māori still choose to wear intricate moko on their faces. In Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, the yantra tattoo is used for protection against evil and to increase luck. In the Philippines certain tribal groups believe that tattoos have magical qualities, and help to protect their bearers. Most traditional tattooing in the Philippines is related to the bearer's accomplishments in life or rank in the tribe.

    The tattoo pictured by the OP is not tribal at all ( although some will refer to it as that ) , actually more of a contemporary design whose sole purpose is to accentuate the musculature ( not that there is anything wrong with that )

    I personally prefer tatts that have a story to tell about the wearer.
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    Apr 24, 2010 2:38 PM GMT
    my tat has a SHIT ton of meaning to me.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Apr 24, 2010 10:08 PM GMT
    I love every one of mine and i have 17. icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 24, 2010 10:51 PM GMT
    Mine all have a meaning to me. I long to get back to Lahaina Maui Hawai'i to a tattooist who specialises in tribal tattoos, to get a major one done.
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    Apr 25, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    anyone know what this guy's tattoo means?

    besides him being beautiful, of course?
    http://i990.photobucket.com/albums/af27/xjohnson7x/Untitled.jpg




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    Apr 25, 2010 4:44 AM GMT
    . . . they are about faux-fellahin ersatz tribalism . . .
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    Apr 25, 2010 4:59 AM GMT
    xjohnson7x saidanyone know what this guy's tattoo means?

    besides him being beautiful, of course?
    http://i990.photobucket.com/albums/af27/xjohnson7x/Untitled.jpg


    it means he's a led zeppelin fan... and a gay cliche.
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    Apr 25, 2010 5:10 AM GMT
    If your not culturally attached to a tribe that would use those symbols, I don't understand a reason to get it. Mine is words, any further ones i get would be unique to me... I just feel like tribals in the big black splotchy swirl style are a waste of skin... let an artist do something real on the canvas.