Africa means many things to many people, and as the cradle of humanity it has inspired a richness of cultural reverence that continues to find its way into some of the most beautiful and powerful tattoo art in the world today.
The continent has drawn individuals from near and far for hundreds of years, looking to savor the breathtaking landscape, wildlife, and history.
Recent centuries of war, poverty, and exploitation have endangered the region, making it all the more precious for those who wish to honor and protect it.
Today many people choose to celebrate Africa and its diverse culture through tattoo homages. Perhaps you have deep ancestral ties or wish to commemorate a meaningful experience; you may simply feel a passion for the continent and its people. Regardless of your connection, there are many ways to pay tattoo tribute to Africa.
Popular tattoo choices include simple map outlines of the continent, often with a heart or meaningful symbol etched within, as well as images of Africa’s famous wildlife: zebras, lions, elephants, and giraffes. Another option is to have the stunning savanna backdrop inked across your back or forearm, enhanced by the setting sun. Some may choose to have a portrait of a loved one or personal hero incorporated into their tattoo scenery.
An Africa-inspired tattoo is not just a nod to the continent and the many aspects it contains, but a show of respect and compassion for all of humanity, who began in the very cradle of it.