For its unique look, and its historical connections to ancient
and mysterious rituals, the tribal tattoo has become one of
the most popular tattoo designs ever - especially among trend-setting
However, among the famous who are inscribed with a tribal
tattoo, the one who wears it most authentically is wrestler
and actor, Dwayne Johnson - better known as The
Rock - who is of Samoan descent and has a tribal half-sleeve
tattoo on his left upper arm and shoulder.
Samoan, in fact, was the language that gave us the Polynesian
or tattoo, which was later adopted by early European sailors
exploring the South Seas where tattooing had been practiced
for thousands of years.
Also originating in Polynesia, the Maori migrated to New Zealand around 1000 AD and brought with them
the custom of blackening their faces for battle. The abstract
lines were later permanently applied as tattoos, most notably
moko face designs that became a rite of passage and
status symbol for young Maori warriors.
Elsewhere in the South Pacific, the graceful swirls of Borneo's
ancient tribal designs are one of the most popular today,
and sometimes incorporated with Samoan motifs in a 21st century
reinterpretation of Oceanic art and modern
On the Web, discover more on the topic in virtual travel
tours, photo galleries and feature stories about the history,
mystery and wild popularity of tribal tattoo designs ...
More information about tribal tattoos around the Web:
our Tribal Tattoo Journey - Take the virtual tour
through Borneo, San Francisco, Hawaii, Yokohama, Japan, Polynesia,
the Bering Sea, Alaska, Philippines & Scotland with extensive
photos, history & tribal tattoo trivia, from Vanishing
Brett's Tribal Tattoo Photos - Huge collection from
the Newport, Rhode Island studio featuring dozens of tribal
tattoo photos and a brief history of tribal art & symbolism.
& Blackwork Tattoos - Visitor-submitted photos of their favorite
tribal tattoos in hundreds of picture galleries, but be prepared
to register to view the entire collection.