5 Basic Tattoo Designs and Their Meanings


Tribal tattoos are silhouettes in black. The majority are inspired by ancient tribal designs. A popular modern variation of this style is to alter a traditional design to make it appear tribal. Many of the most popular styles are based on ancient South Pacific Island styles. These tattoos are typically abstract, artistic representations made up of discrete design elements such as spikes, swirls, and spines. Tribal tattoos are frequently made to fit or accentuate a part of the body. A tribal tattoo, for example, could snake along the contours of the lower back.

Realistic tattoo

#01 Realistic Tattoo

Typically, these designs are portraits or landscapes that mimic the fine detail of a photograph. They are mostly done in black and white because it takes a master tattoo artist to replicate images in color. This style is also known as photo-realism.

 Oriental tattoo

#02 Oriental Tattoo

Rather than adding a single image here and there, the oriental style of tattooing usually involves using the entire body as a canvas. Images are used to weave a story or a myth across the entire back of the armor. This is usually very fanciful, bold, and detailed colorwork. The most common oriental tattoos are large murals of dragons, flowers, fish, and other animals.

A dominant image, such as a dragon, maybe surrounded by “fill work” in the form of artistic, fluid-like color swirls. Oriental tattoos frequently adhere to the rules of Japanese perspective in painting, which is concerned with symmetry and balance. Furthermore, the symbols in a Japanese tattoo frequently have deeper meanings. A carp tattoo, for example, represents wealth and prosperity.

Celtic tattoo

#03 Celtic Tattoo

These silhouette tattoos feature thick, bold black lines at a sharp angle. Mythological creatures such as griffins can be found in a Viking offshoot of the Celtic style. They are mostly completed in black ink. Celtic tattoos are often best created by an artist who specializes in the style Celtic tattoos because they are difficult to do.


#04 Biomechanical Tattoo

These tattoos frequently feature machinery entwined with human flesh. A typical biomechanical tattoo would show a human hand, arm, or chest entangled with machineries such as screws, wheels, or pulleys. The result is a creature that appears to be half-robot, half-human. This tattoo was inspired by films such as “Alien.”

traditional tattoo

#05 Traditional Tattoo

This tattoo style denotes work with bold black outlines and pitch-black shading contrasted with very bright colors. The look is thought to have originated on military bases during the 1930s and 1940s.

It’s a fine line. These delicate tattoos are usually associated with black and gray work and are very detailed. The fine line is also frequently used to convey a realistic representation of an image. Fine line images should not be overly complicated because they can degrade into blotches or shadows over time.