People tend to get tattoos that speak to their personal values and sensibilities, which is why most tattoo enthusiasts tend to get at least one tattoo of spiritual or religious significance. The Native Americans who originally inhabited North America were very spiritual people. They believed in harmony and coexistence with nature, an ideal that still resonates with people today.
From buffalo skulls to dreamcatchers, there’s a lot of spiritual imagery to choose from Native American culture and lore. A lot of it is considered fascinating and artistic in-and-of itself, making Native American imagery a natural choice for tattoo designs for people of all ethnic backgrounds.
With nature being a very popular focal point for tattoo designs, it only makes sense that people would pair pictures of wolves and full moons with Native American chiefs and hunters to create impressively detailed works of art. The synergy practically speaks for itself, which is why a lot of Native American-centric tattoos can be found on people who don’t have any blood relation or ties to Native American cultures.
The gallery below showcases some spectacular Native American tattoos that show just how versatile Native American imagery can be. From black-and-white handmade stone knives to cartoon-y buffalo heads, the possibilities are endless.
You don’t have to be Native American to appreciate the artistry and subject matter showcased in the designs below. Maybe the next time you step foot into a tattoo parlor you’ll think about getting a Native American tattoo of your own.