18 Deadly Tomahawk Tattoos
Tomahawk tattoos take influence from other Native American themed tattoos and often include other symbols like feathers and beads.
Both a tool and deadly weapon the tomahawk is synonymous of Native American culture and tradition. Credited as a creation of the Algonquian Indians the tomahawk was an important tool for the Native American peoples of eastern and central North America. Traditional Native American tomahawks were made by attaching a stone to a wooden stick/handle with strips of hide. Primarily a weapon for hand to hand combat the tomahawk was also used for daily activities like chopping and cutting meat or wood. After the arrival of the Europeans in North America the tomahawk evolved greatly, through trading Native Americans obtained metal axe heads and stone tomahawks were slowly replaced by more deadly iron ones!
Although a weapon and image of war the tomahawk was also a symbol of peace for Native Americans. To bury a tomahawk was to mean peace and an end to any hostilities, i.e. 'burying the hatchet', to dig it up was a declaration of war! Usually done in a bold traditional style tomahawk tattoos are a unique and creative tattoo, whether you are of Native American heritage or just like the look of this multipurpose weapon a tomahawk tattoo is a kickass piece of ink to have!