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Arabic tattoos are largely inspired by the Arabic language and calligraphy. Though some believers of Islam are of the view that tattooing is against the ethos of their religion, tattoos featuring Arabic language and design are still popular both in Arab countries and the rest of the world. These tattoos mostly consist of the name of the wear or of a family member or partner.From Celtic crosses to Egyptian goddesses and Maori symbols, the tribal tattoo is enjoying a huge surge in popularity thanks largely to it being adopted by male celebrity figures keen to show off their ever expanding, pumped-up physiques.Find Arabic tattoo designs on Bing

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The art of tribal tattoosWe take a closer look into the popularity of the most popular form of body art – the tribal tattoo.We take a closer look into the popularity of the most popular form of body art – the tribal tattoo.Steve Cook2013-02-12T15:00:002013-02-25T09:15:00 truePopular tribal tattoo designsIn an age where most of the male population is sporting a tattoo of some kind or another, we decided to take a deeper look into the popularity of the most popular form of body art – the tribal tattoo. 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Their traditional for of body art is moko, more commonly known as Maori tattooing. Since the Maori consider the head to be the most sacred part of the body, the most popular kind of Maori tattoo is the facial tattoo, which is composed of curved shapes and spiral patterns and sported by Mr Mike Tyson. It often covered the whole of the face, and was a symbol of rank, social status power, and prestige.Find Maori tattoo designs on BingtopMaori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Maori tattoos - 2(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoosCeltic tattoos are based on delicate knot work, mystifying spirals and intricate patterns mixed with human animals and organic forms. The most popular Celtic tattoo is the Celtic cross, which is essentially a Latin cross with a circle around the centre. Worn by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robbie Williams and Sport Spice Melanie C, the Celtic cross is a sure fire celebrity favourite.Find Celtic tattoo designs on BingtopCeltic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Celtic tattoos - 3(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoosThe word tattoo itself is said to have come from the Polynesian word tatau. In the earlier times, the Samoan people carved tattoos on their body parts to distinguish themselves from other clans. These days, Samoan tattoos are a fashion accessory, symbolizing strength and power. Actor and former wrestler The Rock sports has one on his arm. Contemporary Samoan tattoos are carved on a part of the leg, hand or chest, but traditional tattoo design starts from the knee and travels up to the belly button.Find Samoan tattoo designs on BingtopSamoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Samoan tattoos - 4(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoosIn the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Japanese government outlawed tattoos because of their connotations with criminals. Tattooing continued underground until it was legalized again in 1948. Traditional Japanese tattoos were once associated with Japan's mafia, but more recently fierce dragons or koi fish which have their origins in Japanese tattoos, have had a resurgence in popularity.Find Japanese tattoo designs on BingtopJapanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Japanese tattoos - 5(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoosPolynesian tattoos are regarded as the masterpieces of the ink world. With their very bold dark shapes and geometric shapes, every line is perfectly parallel. Shapes like circles, semi circles, triangles and hexagons make up complete and cohesive patterns. They are intended to remain monochrome in colour, with no other splashes needed except black and grey.Find Polynesian tattoo designstopPolynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Polynesian tattoos - 6(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoosHawaiian tribal tattoos are regarded as great works of art and have become popular in recent times. The tattoos are made with great precision and require a skilled tattooist to design on the body. Hawaiian body art designs symbolize the tribal gods and goddesses as well as animals which are considered to be auspicious in the Hawaiian tribal culture. Sharks teeth are a prominent feature, along with dragons, lizards, tribal goddesses and spears.Find Hawaiian tattoo designs on BingtopHawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Hawaiian tattoos - 7(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoosTattoos have a rich history in Philippines. These were worn by various tribes and were a source of accomplishment and ranks. Warriors inked tattoos on their chests and head to show strength, while some tribes inked tattoos in specific places as per their tribal lineage. For Filipino women, tattoos are considered a mark of beauty.Find Filipino tattoo designs on BingtopFilipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)Filipino tattoos - 8(©Rex Features)African tattoosThe great variety of tribes of Africa means that it's hard to state all the styles of tattoos that originate from the continent. However, tribal hierarchy, geographical location, spiritual protection, and rites of passage feature highly as reasons for tattooing throughout Africa, both past and present. All manner of animals, plants, ancestry and spirits are denoted in African Tattoo history, achieved not only through tattooing, but also through body-painting, cicatrisation and scarification.Find African tattoo designs on BingtopAfrican tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)African tattoos - 9(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoosAztec tattoos are the oldest form of tattooing in history, but they’re popularity is always on the rise even centuries later. Originating from Mexico, their roots lie in the 14th century when Aztec tattoos were used as a symbol of the community’s devotion to their God. Aztec temples, spirit guardians, masks and serpents are key features of the designs.Find Aztec tattoo designs on BingtopAztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Aztec tattoos - 10(©Rex Features)Indian tattoosTraditional Indian tattoos are drawn with henna leaves that have a temporary colour, these are mostly worn by women and girls. However, with time India has graduated into modern tattoo art with henna designs now sitting alongside permanent inked markings. The Indian gods, tribal faces of men and women, holy symbols and Hindu script (David Beckham’s ‘Victoria’ tattoo being a prime example) are all hugely popular designs for Indian tattoos.Find Indian tattoo designs on BingtopIndian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Indian tattoos - 11(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoosEgyptian tattoos are often made up of hieroglyphs - the symbols used to write the ancient Egyptian language. Based on simple pictures of well-known objects, this writing system is one of the oldest in the world.  Egyptian gods and goddesses are also inked on the body, a case in point being pop superstar Rihanna’s tattoo of Goddess Isis on her stomach.Find Egyptian tattoo designs on BingtopEgyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Egyptian tattoos - 12(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbolsChina possesses a rich history of body art but in the last decade, Chinese tattoos have crossed over from their national cultures and become common in western countries. Popular Chinese symbols like Buddha, the dragon and artistic scripts are popular features of Chinese tattoos.Find Chinese tattoo symbols on BingtopChinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Chinese tattoo symbols - 14(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoosColour and drama come together with beautiful symbolic patterns in Mexican tattoos. For tattoo artist, Mexican art and culture are a constant inspiration for rich and colourful tattoo designs. There are many profound themes that continue to occur in Mexican culture, such as life, death, and nature. All of these themes are often expressed in Mexican tattoos.Find Mexican tattoo designs on BingtopMexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Mexican tattoos - 15(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoosArabic tattoos are largely inspired by the Arabic language and calligraphy. Though some believers of Islam are of the view that tattooing is against the ethos of their religion, tattoos featuring Arabic language and design are still popular both in Arab countries and the rest of the world. These tattoos mostly consist of the name of the wear or of a family member or partner.From Celtic crosses to Egyptian goddesses and Maori symbols, the tribal tattoo is enjoying a huge surge in popularity thanks largely to it being adopted by male celebrity figures keen to show off their ever expanding, pumped-up physiques.Find Arabic tattoo designs on BingtopArabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)Arabic tattoos - 16(©Rex Features)

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