Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Tribal Tattoos Vs Traditional Tattoos

Here are a few things to consider when choosing between a tribal tattoo and a traditional tattoo:

1. If you are looking for meaning or symbolism, you can find them in both styles. Traditional tattoos, have a long history and meaning behind them. Researching various tribes and the origin of tribal tattoos, you can also discover they hold meaning and symbolism as well.

2. Beware of trendy tattoos. Tribal tats have become the current craze over recent years. You see them everywhere now, and it's entered into "trendy territory". Jumping on these kind of bandwagons are always dangerous. Many people have chosen this style because they think they "look cool", when really it's just a reflection of what society has currently deemed to be "cool".

If you rely on trends to make decisions you set yourself up for regret years later when the trend wears off and it's now seen as old, generic, and lame. An example of this can be seen in the chain link or barb wire design which many guys got around their bicep some years back. That became a big trend for a few years, but then quickly fizzled into a generic, played out design which has virtually died and lost its onetime so called ''coolness''.

3. Traditional tattoo's have stood the test of time. Many of these old school tats, be it a colorful traditional tiger or a classic nautical star, have stood up solidly for years. They have always had a steady and strong following, and many big time tattoo enthusiasts still will go for traditional designs. Traditional tats have remained strong and consistent, making them a great choice.

Whichever style you choose, you should ultimately go with your own personal preference and find the design which truly speaks to you.

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