Tribal tattoos. tribal tribaltattoos lines blackwork

Throwback To The Tribal Tattoos Of The 90's

Either you love em or hate em... I'm taking a look back at tribal tattoos of the 90's!

Being a 35 year old whose very first tattoo was a tribal design picked from the flash sheets displayed in the shop I can safely say the mid 90’s was THE time for all kinds of tribal designs. You were the coolest if you had some sort of heavy black pointy squiggle on your body that no-one could really make out.

Tribal tattoos are still a popular choice for some people but their popularity reached its absolute peak during the mid to late 90’s. Most typical tribal tattoos back then were done with solid black ink and rely on precise lines and points to look good. When a tribal design is done well it can be quite impressive.

Having an evenly placed design with crisp lines, sharp points and even color is vital. tribal tribaltattoos lines blackwork
Having an evenly placed design with crisp lines, sharp points and even color is vital. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #blackwork

Even some of my fave celebs were pretty keen on them... Have a look at tribal tattoos that have inspired them:

Angelina Jolie and her tiny tribal tattoos. tribal tribaltattoos lines blackwork angelinajolie
Angelina Jolie and her tiny tribal tattoos. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #blackwork #angelinajolie

Angelina back in the day had only these couple of small tribal designs on her lower back. Now they are incorporated into a bigger piece including a hand poked tiger tattoo.

Mike Tyson tribal face tattoo. Awesome examble of tribal tattoos on the face. tribal tribaltattoos lines blackwork face MikeTyson
Mike Tyson tribal face tattoo. Awesome examble of tribal tattoos on the face. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #blackwork #face #MikeTyson

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Tribal tattoos can also look good on the face! The infamous Mike Tyson face tattoo has made him both a mockery and a complete hit with tattoo fans and artists alike. Copied in the film “The Hangover” it might just be the most famous tribal tattoo ever.

This painted on tribal tatto made gorgeous George Clooney look even sexier in the film Dusk till Dawn which came out in 1996. tribal tribaltattoos lines blackwork
This painted on tribal tatto made gorgeous George Clooney look even sexier in the film Dusk till Dawn which came out in 1996. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #blackwork

Many ink lovers despise this style of tribal tattoos because they are so common and a lot of them look tacky and badly done. So when you see these epic fails you can understand why people hate them so much.

Tribal tattoos can be done really badly. Tribal tattoo fail. tribal tribaltattoos lines blackwork tattoofail fail
Tribal tattoos can be done really badly. Tribal tattoo fail. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #blackwork #tattoofail #fail

Shaky lines, uneven color and wonky placement makes a big hot mess... so, tribal tattoos look pretty unpleasant for the eye. 

Tribal tattoos can be done really badly. Tribal tattoo fail. tribal tribaltattoos lines blackwork fail
Tribal tattoos can be done really badly. Tribal tattoo fail. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #blackwork #fail

Do you have a tribal design you don’t like anymore? Even though every tattoo decision you make feels right at the time and you rocked that tribal in the 90’s, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a change. You could always try a cover up or incorporating the design to make it more elaborate. Here’s a few ideas for cover-up tribal tattoos:

Marvellous flower tattoo cover-up. tribal tribaltattoos lines coverup floral
Marvellous flower tattoo cover-up. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #coverup #floral
Colorful flower and dragon coverup idea for bad tribal tattoos. tribal tribaltattoos lines coverup
Colorful flower and dragon coverup idea for bad tribal tattoos. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #coverup
Awesome tattoo cover-up. tribal tribaltattoos lines coverup
Awesome tattoo cover-up. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #coverup
Feminine watercolor hummingbird cover-up. tribal tribaltattoos lines coverup hummingbird
Feminine watercolor hummingbird cover-up. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #coverup #hummingbird
Old school style color tattoo cover-up. tribal tribaltattoos lines coverup
Old school style color tattoo cover-up. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #coverup
Great tribal coverup. You can hardly tell it was there. tribal tribaltattoos lines coverup
Great tribal coverup. You can hardly tell it was there. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #coverup
Badly done tribal tattoos can be perfectly covered. Peacock tattoo cover-up. tribal tribaltattoos lines coverup peacock
Badly done tribal tattoos can be perfectly covered. Peacock tattoo cover-up. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #coverup #peacock
A koi tattoo is a great idea to cover up heavy black lines of tribal tattoos. tribal tribaltattoos lines coverup koi
A koi tattoo is a great idea to cover up heavy black lines of tribal tattoos. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #coverup #koi
Gorgeous dark raven tattoo cover-up. tribal tribaltattoos lines coverup raven
Gorgeous dark raven tattoo cover-up. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #coverup #raven

Here are some modern tribal designs for your inspiration. Polynesian influenced designs are making a comeback and can make some great full or half sleeve designs.

Polynesian style blackwork tattoo. An edgy twist to tribal tattoos. tribal tribaltattoos lines polynesian
Polynesian style blackwork tattoo. An edgy twist to tribal tattoos. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #polynesian

Polynesian style blackwork comes from the original meaning of tribal tattoos and is gaining popularity again.

This tattoo looks like it has some tribal influences in its geometric patterns. tribal tribaltattoos lines polynesian
This tattoo looks like it has some tribal influences in its geometric patterns. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #polynesian
Blackwork tribal styles can be delicate and intricate patterns like this full sleeve. Awesome inspo for tribal tattoos. tribal tribaltattoos lines polynesian
Blackwork tribal styles can be delicate and intricate patterns like this full sleeve. Awesome inspo for tribal tattoos. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #polynesian
This gorgeous feminine tattoo uses some tribal-like lines. tribal tribaltattoos lines polynesian
This gorgeous feminine tattoo uses some tribal-like lines. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #polynesian
The tribal influenced black lines make a striking contrast to the detailed realism of the skull and roses. tribal tribaltattoos lines polynesian
The tribal influenced black lines make a striking contrast to the detailed realism of the skull and roses. #tribal #tribaltattoos #lines #polynesian

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Skull obsessed tattoo fanatic, writer for Tattoodo, voice actor and visual artist who loves metal and headbanging. Inspired by Neil Gaiman, Tool, horror & the macabre.

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