That's right, before getting tattooed for the first time, you need to be a little versed into the tattoo categories. Here are listed below the five most fashioned tattoo categories. Tattoo artists are passionate people, it's not the kind of place where you want to go and act like a nerd, especially if bikers are getting tattooed while you're there.
In North America, the Native tattoos are extremely popular due to the American history. Lots of people are choosing a Native American tattoo designs only because it's good-looking, without knowing the deep meaning behind the design. Before opting for this kind of tattoo, and this is also good for every other type of tattoo design, it is recommended to do some research about it to find out what the tattoo is all about. Native American use of symbols vary depending which nations they are and which regions they are coming from. You can find easily some info in Google searching for Native American Tattoo Designs. Most of the Native America tattoo designs are related with Mother Earth and her creatures.
Oriental designs are also very popular. Normally people use oriental design for zodiacal sign and Chinese zodiac signs like; rats, pig, etc. They can be used alone or to embellish a tattoo design, like a tribal tattoo. People like to use those symbols for love, prosperity or whatever message they want to ink into their body. Lots of fighter or martial arts practitioner use Chinese symbols to write their martial art styles or war symbols or aggressive line. You have to be extremely careful when you choose that king of symbols. Just a little error might means something completely different to what you wanted to say.
Non secular tattoos are really popular in any religious group. Catholic crucifix, star-of-david as well as Muslim signs are vastly used in religious tattooing. The preferred symbols for many Christians are Crosses, Angels, Doves, and Praying Hands. For Muslim, even if tattoos are forbidden, their often choose the Crescent with Star or the Hand of Fatima as base of their religious tattoos. Jewish people favorite designs have long been the Star of David, the menorah, the name of Yahweh, and the enneagram. Hindus have a long tradition of tattooing. Their tattoos are very colored and display all the Hindu Gods like Brahma, Lord Ganesha, Vishnu, Shiva, Buddha, etc. Of course, needless to say, you need to belong to those religious groups in order to ink them into your skin, otherwise they are meaningless and can even get you some troubles depending of the religious group that might feel offended.
Celtic tattoos are also extremely popular and were one of the most used tattoo design style before the tattoo world got taken by storm by the Maori Tribal designs 10 years ago or so. They are quite close to the tribal design, just more elaborated and feature lots of different colors. Celtic tattoos are using cross, butterfly, knot, dragon, heart, tree, and carry a medieval flavor that goes well with the Gothic movement and hard rock fans.
Tribal tattoos designs is by far the most appreciated design type in today's tattoo fashion. Tribal tattoos were at first used by Maori and various tribes from Polynesia and New Zealand. The tattoos were like a sort of body passport and were telling the life of the carrier. His or her origins, date of birth, brothers, sisters, village of birth, zodiac sign, number of children, life achievements, parents or personal problems. Nowadays, in our so-called civilized countries, the meaning of the tribal tattoos disappeared almost completely and only the visual aspect remained. Now you can illustrate almost anything using the tribal design style. Most of the time, people are using tribal design to draw animals like; dolphin, tiger, zebra, shark, bird and so on. They also use tribal for aggressive oriented tattoos sporting skull, fist, bones or to write names or phrase.
This is the fashion part of tattooing, where people get a tattoo because it is fashionable and good-looking. I personally think it is better and long-lasting to choose a tattoo that has deep meaning to your personal life. It might be a ready-made tattoo, but the design must be more than just a nice picture. It must tell your personal story or celebrate something important to you.