A lot of Mayan art that inspires tattoo designs traces back to the period between the years 200 and 900. These are largely based on sculptures that were found on the exteriors of buildings as well as hieroglyphics and wall paintings that graced the interiors. Many depict totem animals such as jaguars, eagles and snakes, all of which are ideal for tattoo work.
You can’t go wrong with any of these as jaguars symbolize stealth, agility and strength while eagles speak of power, ferocity and foresight.
Lovers of Mayan culture appreciate the snake and serpent’s symbolism of spirituality and the sky. It’s no wonder that Mayan tattoo art often depicts these reptiles with wings. If you’re interested in tattoos that feature ancient hieroglyphics of this ancient empire, keep in mind that they’re still being deciphered.
You don’t need to have ancestors from northern Central America or southern Mexico to enjoy Mayan tattoos, although these designs make great tributes to an ancient heritage. Even if you have no genetic ties to the culture, this particular body art pays great homage to a deeply spiritual society.
Since some of the Mayan symbols have details that won’t translate well into tattoos, work with an experienced artist who can adjust a design to your liking.