The traditional arrow tattoo is often a reverent cultural reference to the Native American tribesmen who hunted for their families’ survival with the graceful bow and arrow.
The arrow travels in a straight path with righteous purpose, and a traditional arrow tattoo symbolizes that focused forward movement with beauty and finesse.
The arrow is one of the most poignant symbols for skillful dexterity. Traditionally, Native Americans used the arrow in two principal ways. First, they used them as ingenious tools to deftly hunt for food to feed their tribes-people. Secondly, they used their arrows as weapons to protect their tribes from attack.
In all cases, the archers relied on the aerodynamic design of the arrows to provide the direct and precise forward movement they needed to accurately hit their targets, ensuring the survival of their people with maximum efficiency and minimal suffering. The arrow is a smooth, discerning weapon in the right skillful hands.
Paying close attention to the placement of the arrow is vitally important for obtaining the correct symbolism, especially the direction the arrow is pointing. An arrow pointing straight ahead refers to positive movement forward. An arrow pointing straight up, however, could lend to more spiritual interpretations. Look through these designs and work closely with your tattoo artist to create a traditional arrow tattoo design you will love for years to come.