Aztec tattoo designs origin from the ancient culture and heritage of the Aztec tribe.
These tattoos are mostly brightly colored and in most cases, entail amazing stories like no other tattoo designs. Notoriously being known as favored by Hispanic gang members, do not let this fact keep you away from getting a tattoo that derives from a magnificent culture and is full of meaning.
The Aztec tribe origins from what is known nowadays as the central part of Mexico from the 13th to the 16th century. In the Aztec culture, tattoos were a sign of wealth and social status. They were used as a proof of relation to the tribe or being a warrior or wealthy member of the community. Aztec tattoo designs are generally complex and quite colorful. Most of them had a deep spiritual meaning to them.
The most common tattoos were of their Gods, each had its own symbol. However, there were other symbols that were meaningful to the Aztecs, such as eagles, warriors and the Aztec calendar. One of the commonly tattooed Aztec gods is “Huitzilopochtli” who was the Aztec sun god. The Aztecs believed that the sun was the guardian of all life. Nowadays, an Aztec sun tattoo symbolizes a belief in the afterlife.
The most powerful of all the Aztec gods was “Quetzalcoatl”, known as the serpent god of ancient Mexico. He was the god of fertility, weather and creativity. If you do decide to get an Aztec tattoo design, you can be sure that few other tattoos will have such historical symbolism.
Location and Colors
Aztec tattoo designs are usually very large and very ornate. They involve many complex patterns and colors that can be found in few other tattoos. This is something important to take into account when you are looking into getting an Aztec tattoo. You will need a large body part for the work. This is why most Aztec tattoos are done on the back or the bicep.
There are two major options when choosing an Aztec tattoo design. They are either done in a black outline with no color, or a full color option starring a large amount of colors. Since Aztec tattoos are loaded with ancient meaning, it is a good idea to make sure you know what the design you have selected means before you ink it on your skin. There are also small Aztec designs available such as Aztec sun designs or an animal, in case you do not want to get a large tattoo.
These can be done on just about any part of the body and are usually done in black ink. There are a number of celebrities who have chosen to get an Aztec style tattoo because of their strong connection to history.
Actor John Leguizamo is also reported to have an Aztec style design on his shoulder. Actor Brian Green from “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” has an Aztec thunderbird on his shoulder as well.
If you decide to go with Aztec tattoo designs, make sure it will suit your personality. Keep in mind both the art of the ancient culture and yourself.