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Haunting American Indian Tattoos

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  • Weeping Willow Tattoo Designs
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  • Fire and Flame Tattoos
    Tattoos incorporating fire or flame into the design look fantastic, and with the occasional exception, are part of a combination of tattoo themes, rather than a standalone image of fire. But even on those occasions, the tattoo is designed in such...
  • Amazing Barbed Wire Tattoos
    It is interesting when you're caught off guard by a particular tattoo theme, for example the one we're looking at in this article - barbed wire tattoos - which I would think of as something you may add to a theme, rather than a theme unto itself. ...
  • Unique Rain Tattoo Designs
    Rain is a fantastic complementary element which can be added to many tattoo themes to enhance them and make them much more compelling and interesting. Most people choosing rain as a part of their tattoo design usually, although not always, include...

Tattoos of American Indians cover a wide range of topics, as you can have the usual heads to a plethora of combinations, usually including feathers, animals and/or something spiritual.

Almost every tattoo design for American Indians has a feel of a message and something underneath the surface, even those which include the tattoos of the faces alone.

Other tattoos include a collage of sorts, like the face of a person along with those of animals or eagles which were an important part of American Indian life; whether as symbols or a food source.

One thing I discover when I look at these tattoos is of a people and lifestyle that existed one time that is largely lost now. It seems to be reflected in the images and designs we see below.

Whether for symbolic, spiritual or just a desirable tattoos, these tattoos are unforgettable.

Lastly, when you view the various images, you'll find a different look on some because they represent different tribes.

We'll begin with this tattoo that is just full of detail. From the headband to the neck piece, it's very well done. But my favorite is the hair blowing across the face. It doesn't get much better than that.

The hardness of the face from the difficulties of life and the feathers hanging down the side are very compelling indeed. Great tattoo.

Strongly Detailed American Indian Tattoo

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Garter Belt Tattoo Designs

  • Garter Belt Tattoo Designs
    Garters or garter belts have been part of women's wear for a long time, and are a narrow band of fabric with an elastic element used to wrap around the part of the leg just below the knee in order to hold up stockings. In more modern times, they...

I really like this tattoo as well. What was especially appealing below was the way the feathers were designed on the head piece. The way the empty space between the head and the end of the feathers is put together really works. Unique.

American Indian Tattoo with Full Head Dress

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Stallion and Horse Tattoos

  • Stallion and Horse Tattoos
    A stallion isn't just any horse, it's a horse that hasn't been gelded (castrated). That means that the testosterone inherent in stallions results many times with better looking and thicker necks, as well as a much more muscular structure in...

Usually not a fan of color and tattoos, this tough of red on the hat, as well as discriminantly sprinkled around the face adds a nice touch.

Indian Tattoo Red Band Around Head

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Cow Skull Tattoo Designs

  • Cow Skull Tattoo Designs
    One of the more memorial objects in the minds of people envisioning the old west is that of cow skulls scattered among the plains or desert. Many of these were the result of droughts where cattle had trouble finding water, or of tough cattle...

The tattoo below was a little different in that it doesn't have the intensity of the eyes the others head tattoos have. I also like the way the braids of the hair look at the bottom.

Indian Tattoo with Braided Hair

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Skull Wearing Hat Tattoo Designs

  • Skull Wearing Hat Tattoo Designs
    Tattoos of skulls wearing hats are awesome, and include a little bit of everything in the way of hats, including cowboy hats, top hats, jester and baseball hats. But it doesn't end there. While wearing a variety of hats, the skulls, for the most...

My favorite in the tattoo below is the consistency of the lines, whether in the face or other parts of the tattoo. They flow together nice.

Tattoo of Native American Chief

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Cobra Tattoos

  • Cobra Tattoos
    Cobra and King Cobra tattoos are amazing if you like snakes and that fascinated hood the cobra has. It's a great motivator for tattoo artists wanting to create great designs. While cobras are placed in a variety of places on the body when inked...

What can I say about the tattoo below. I've got to get me one of those hats! Seriously, the detail on this is amazing, and would have been hard to do in such a small space. Good job.

Amazing Head Dress on Indian

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Claw Tattoo Designs

  • Claw Tattoo Designs
    Claw tattoo designs are a niche category that has many adherents and fans, especially among males, who like to express the power associated with the claw in a way that shows them breaking free of and through resistance. This is usually expressed...

The tattoo below had one of the more noble looks I found among American Indian tattoos. It was captured really well.

American Indian Tattoo with Noble Look

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Powerful Warrior Tattoos

  • Powerful Warrior Tattoos
    Tattoo designs are extremely important to those in the midst of making a decision on whether or not to have one permanently inked on their bodies, and almost always they will represent something very significant to those bearing them. It could be...

The tattoo below is probably my favorite of those head designs, not because its more detailed, but probably the subject matter itself. I like the braid coming from the back and hanging over the chest, as well as the position of the feather. Really works.

Magnificent Indian Warrior Tattoo

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Hummingbird Tattoo Designs

  • Hummingbird Tattoo Designs
    Hummingbirds are among the most attractive to the average bird watcher, who make special provisions of growing flowers or artificial nectar in feeders to attract them nearby in order to watch them. Consequently it is an inspiration for lovers of the.

I thought I'd include a couple of tattoos of Indian maidens. The one below is decent (although I don't like the eye on the right), but it almost looks too much like a modern woman with some feathers, rather than what a real Indian woman would look like. Still, overall an attractive tattoo.

Indian Maiden Tattoos

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Deer Tattoos

  • Deer Tattoos
    Deer are fascinating in that they are an attraction to all sorts of people for a variety of reasons. Some like to paint them, photograph them, use them in creative themes. Many hunt them for food and sport. Either way, whatever the motivation,...

Here's another nice tattoo of an American Indian woman. This one is much better, and a very detailed design. You get the feel of an untamed woman when you look at her.

Tattoo of Indian Woman

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Cool Snake Tattoo Designs

  • Cool Snake Tattoo Designs
    Snake tattoos are very exciting, as the texture of the snake, its shape, and the ease of combining in with numerous other themes lends itself to great subject matter to have inked on your body. One surprising thing for me was to discover how...

I think this is a very beautiful and tasteful image of an Indian woman. But this one, and the two above must have been designed by a young male, as the faces all appear to be out of a modern fashion magazine, rather the woman of that era.

The one below has mascara and lipstick, definitely a strange combination when including the overall image. Too bad, as the rest is really nice. Even with that, it captures the beauty of the spirit, and that's worth it.

Beautiful Native American Woman Tattoo

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Paw Print Tattoo Designs

  • Paw Print Tattoo Designs
    When doing some research on paw print tattoos, I was really surprised at the quality and creativity surrounding the theme, as I wasn't really expecting much. Not only are there awesome paw print designs that stand on their own, but interesting use...

Here's one tattoo I mentioned in the beginning of the article, where it includes some of the most important animals and bird associated with the lifestyle of Indians. Good detail. I like the shadow on the face of the man.

Buffalo, Eagle, Wolf, Indian Tattoo

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Rockin' Raven Tattoos

  • Rockin' Raven Tattoos
    Anyone interested in having an edgy look with their tattoo will meet those expectations when deciding on a raven as their theme of choice. There is no doubt Ravens are considered a symbol of a dark force in the world, and whether alone or in a...

Below is a very different look at an Indian with an animal. This time the horse, another very important part of the Indian way of life. Color works in this case.

Male Indian Tattoo with Horse

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Magnificent Owl Tattoos

  • Magnificent Owl Tattoos
    Owls are a mysterious and interesting creature, and the fact they are, for the most part, nocturnal (and carnivores), adds to the attraction of this bird of prey. For those who like owls and desire them for a tattoo theme, there are numerous,...

What an incredibly detailed tattoo below. You just got to take it in to appreciate it. The feel of him standing on a pinnacle after a battle which it appears he may have lost his woman is a powerful image.

Indian Warrior Holding Maiden

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Fascinating Bear Tattoos

  • Fascinating Bear Tattoos
    I was really surprised when I started looking around for interesting bear tattoos how many there were. My thought was there would probably be a few out there, as not that many people would be interested in the theme. Was I wrong. There were so...

What a different type of tattoo below, as all of those above are. I'm not sure what is being conveyed here, maybe someone in the comments below could enlighten the rest of us if they know. But I do know great art and design, and this one has it.

Quality American Indian Tattoo

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Normally I wouldn't include this many photos in an article, but there were so many compelling and unique American Indian tattoos, that it would have been a shame to keep any of them out.

Comments

Brittany Kussman from St. Louis, MO on March 01, 2014:

Great Hub! The tattoo pictures you found are stunning. Absolutely beautiful.

dan new zealand on October 27, 2011:

That tattoo desighn looks similar in desighn to some barrett/ paratte /weepu lineage tattoos back here in nz as it looks like a moari and american indian tattoo none the less id love that its mean mine dont quite look like that. lol...

ladyeagle_cdc from San Juan City, Philippines on June 27, 2011:

i enjoyed looking at these photos. thanks for sharing!

william.fischer29 on May 04, 2011:

That's great idea.

Obscure_Treasures from USA on April 29, 2011:

Fantastic designs!

Obscure_Treasures from USA on April 29, 2011:

Fantastic designs!

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