African American Tattoos – The Tattoo Art of Africa

African American Tattoos - The Art of AfricaAfrican American tattoos are worn by many citizens of the United States. In the United States the term African American is generally used for Americans with at least partial African ancestry. Most are the descendants of captive Africans who survived the slavery era.

They are descendants of the slavery boundaries of the United States as well as other countries. And although some are from voluntary immigration from Africa, the Caribbean, as well as South America.

African American Tattooists

Many tattooists get paid to do this work because they have made their mark in the tattoo world. I have had many tattoo designs by great artists and I know they could produce quality artwork such as African American tattoos.

Today, people choose to be tattooed for cosmetic, sentimental, memorial, religious, and to symbolize their belonging. This could also be way of identifying with particular groups, including criminal gangs (see criminal tattoos). But could also be a particular ethnic group or law-abiding subculture.

African American Tattoos - The Art of AfricaSome Maori still choose to get intricate tattoos on their faces. In Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, the traditional tattoo that is used for protection against evil .

Other Countries Have African American Tattoos

In the Philippines certain tribal groups believe that tattoos have magical qualities. They help to protect their lives and good fortune.

Most tattooing in the Philippines is related to the bearer’s accomplishments in life or rank in the tribe. Catholic Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina have tattoos with symbols for protection from the Muslim Turks. I am sure that every race and culture have different histories of African based tattooing.

African Americans get tattooed mostly using black inks. Black tattoo ink tends to stand out better with their darker skin tones such as dark brown or light brown.

It is advised then when getting inked that you use a brand name quality tattoo ink. The better products used during the tattoo, such as a coloured African American tattoo design. Always make sure the artist is using fresh, sharp tattoo needles prior to them tattooing you.

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