Tattoos depicting tribal markings date back as far as the Bronze age. Then, they were worn to identify warriors from certain tribes. They’re known as badges of courage and strength. Today, they’re revered the same but without the true warrior-hood or the tribes.
Half sleeve tribal tattoos are seen as the perfect complement to a man’s muscular shoulders and biceps, as a half sleeve extends from the shoulder to the elbow.
The design can reveal the definition of the underlying muscles on a man’s arm, making him look even more muscular. Thanks to the large surface area of the shoulders and biceps, almost any tribal design can be placed here.
The most popular designs are the sun, the eagle and the Celtic cross. Every curve of the tribal tattoo must be drawn with precision, which is easily achieved with all of the surface area available on the shoulders and arms.
Often these artistic designs are tattooed in heavy black ink to display the boldness of warriors, which is good for the tattoo wearer. Heavy black ink means your tattoo will always pop, and not fade too much over time.