Top 41 Tribal Hand Tattoo Ideas – [2020 Inspiration Guide]
Tribal hand tattoos, as a representation of people, culture, and religion – particularly for those of the Polynesian Islands and NZ Maori – are treated in a more positive fashion to other visible tattoo types.
While many of the images below use Pacific style hand tattoo designs, tribal tattoo extends to other older cultures such as native Filipino, Native American, Celtic/Norse, Romani and Central American peoples.
A tribal tattoo is most often deployed in in blackwork, however more colors are being used in the rich traditional designs that are some of the oldest known to tattoo.
Tribal ink allows the intricate design patterns to work with or against the flow of the hands and fingers while telling the collector’s story – often as a coming of age, or design related to their place within their people’s culture.
These creations can make marvelous stand alone designs, but they are often an extension of other pieces from further along the arm. A brilliant symmetrical effect can also be garnered by inking up both hands as two halves of the same piece.
Check out this gallery collection of the best tribal hand tattoos to see if there’s one relevant to you!
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