A tipi, (also tepee or teepee) is a conical tent traditionally made from animals skins attached to wooden poles.
Set apart from other conical tents by its smoke flaps at the top of the structure tipis are strongly associated with Native American culture and history. While historically used by the Indigenous people of the Great Plains it is an incorrect view that all Native American tribes used them! Not as prevalent as they once were tipis do still find use in Native American culture through traditional ceremonies, though they are not an essential part of daily life any longer.
The popularity of tipis among the peoples of the plains was largely due to the versatility of the structure. A durable home a tipi would provide warmth in winter but would be cool in the heat of summer. It was also quick and easy to put up and take down, an essential in the nomadic lifestyle of the tribes living on the plains. Historically tipis were plain in design, but Native American peoples such as the Cheyenne, Sioux, Kiowa and Arapaho decorated tipis with pendants and coloured medallions. It was also not uncommon for a tipi to be adorned with the skulls of animals like buffalo. For the most part tipi tattoos are bright, bold and colorful, taking heavy influence from their association with Native American culture and life! Feeling the nomadic lifestyle then you'll dig these tipi tattoos!