Top 73 Best Tribal Face Tattoo Ideas – [2022 Inspiration Guide]
Tribal style face tattoos are becoming more prevalent as collectors use the previously taboo area for interesting depictions of self-expression.
Previously, only the Maori Ta’Moko and traditional cultural designs from Polynesia were employed for facial art with any degree of community acceptance (and even that was minimal).
Currently though, the stigma of getting a highly visible ‘jobstopper’ tattoo seems to matter less than at any time previously, despite reluctance from a lot of artists to do this type of ink.
Face ink with a focus on traditional culture – from Eastern philosophy, to Polynesia, and Norse/Celtic tattoo – is now a staple of tattoo whether others like it or not.
The following gallery of top 73 tribal face tattoo ideas depict a range of interesting concepts for technique and placement. If you’re considering a face tattoo these images will help you narrow your choice.
1. Tribal Style Cheek Tattoo Ideas
2. Tribal Chin Tattoo Art
3. Forehead Tribal Tattoo Designs
4. Tribal Face Tattoo Ideas for Women
5. Tribal Face Tattoos for Men
6. Tribal Nose Tattoos
7. Simple Face Tattoo Ideas
Tribal Face Tattoo FAQs
With an area like the face, simple is often the best way to go.
Use black ink for the tattoo design, and rely on application technique – strong lines, use of dotwork, negative space, or simple gradient shading – to bring the characteristics of your tattoo to life.
Approximately 4-5 hours after you get tattooed, you will want to remove the bandage.
Gently wash the area with antimicrobial soap and lukewarm water then gently pat the skin dry. Refrain from putting on another bandage.
Once clean, apply a thin layer of antibacterial ointment to the tattoo 2-3 times per day. Keep the area clean and dry throughout the day.
Avoid shaving, touching, or picking at the tattooed area, heavy exercise and direct sunlight.
Jobstoppers refer to tattoos that are difficult, if not impossible, to hide on places like the face, hands and neck.
In the past, tattoos highly visible ones carried strong associations with criminality.
Because of these ties to criminal elements and societies’ lack of enthusiasm, in the past employers were unlikely to hire someone with visible tattoos: hence, jobstoppers.
Absolutely. In fact, if you aren’t an experienced tattoo enthusiast with little idea of the reaction a face tattoo will draw from people, I’d highly recommend you try it out before making a permanent decision.
Good quality temporary tattoos can work out issues with size and placement and allow you to get more information together to make an informed tattoo decision.