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Native American Tattoos: 50 of the Most Intricate Designs

Native American Tattoos: 50 of the Most Intricate Designs

Posted By BrittanyLCerny February 16th, 2021 Last Updated on: August 10th, 2021

Native American tattoos have been all the rage for years.

While some non-Native people get tattoos of tribal chiefs, geometric designs, nature, totems, dream catchers, and spirit animals that represent the Native American cultures, people who are actually Native often get them for more personal reasons. 

The ritual of getting a Native American tattoo

The process of getting a tattoo is a privilege and a ritual in itself for many Native people. They may want to celebrate their heritage or wear a symbol of power, protection, and strength. 

Many Native American tattoos contain rich reds, blues, and blacks in their designs. This is a testament to the resourcefulness of many tribal members since many inks originally got their color from natural elements such as clay and indigo.



Historically, Native American tribes of North America used tattooing to signify achievements, social status, or the coming of age, or they got “inked” out of reverence for spiritual or religious beliefs. Some tribal members received tattoos as a medicinal treatment or for identification. 

Though the reasons for getting a Native American tattoo have largely shifted over time, the beauty and symbolism in their designs stand the test of time. And with an estimated 21,000-plus registered tattoo parlors in the U.S., there's no shortage of uber-talented Native and non-Native artists waiting for their next human canvas.

Here are 50 of the most intricate Native American tattoo designs—one just might inspire you.

50 Native American tattoo designs

ONE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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TWO

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by manutea jean michel (@jeanmichelmanutea)

THREE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Michelangelo (@michelangelotattoo)

FOUR

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Revolution Ink Aotearoa (@wiremubarriball)

FIVE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Agnieszka Kulińska (@avalan.tattoo)

SIX

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by chantyman hopkins (@aboriginal_ink)

SEVEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by ☠︎Christian Berndt☠︎ (@christian.berndt.tattoo)

EIGHT

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Kira Murillo Tattoos (@kiramurillo)



NINE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Randall Croley El (Seven) (@studio7design)

TEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Whitey (@whiteytattoos)

ELEVEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Dion Kaszas (@dionkaszas)


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TWELVE

THIRTEEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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FOURTEEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Randall Croley El (Seven) (@studio7design)

FIFTEEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Joel Hart (@joelharttattoos)

SIXTEEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by R O X X (@roxx_____)

SEVENTEEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by chantyman hopkins (@aboriginal_ink)

EIGHTEEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by 홍대/제주 타투 T.arttoo (@t.arttoo)

NINETEEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by @jackink (@tattoowith_jack)

TWENTY

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Gerald Ramos Art (@geraldramosart)

TWENTY-ONE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Silent ink (@silentinkolsztyn)

TWENTY-TWO

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Masquerade Tattoo Studio (@masqueradetattoostudio)

TWENTY-THREE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Michele Ruvolo (@micheleruvolo)

TWENTY-FOUR

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Relentless Betrayal (@relentlessbetrayal)

TWENTY-FIVE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Stacey Walker (@staceywalker_tattoos)

TWENTY-SIX

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Sean Green (@artbyseangreen)

TWENTY-SEVEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Neil Bass BLACKWORKERIST (@_tattoofx)

TWENTY-EIGHT

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Thierry Rossen 》PACIFIC TATTOO (@thierryrossen)

TWENTY-NINE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Marco Wallace (@marcowallacetattoo)

THIRTY

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Thierry Rossen 》PACIFIC TATTOO (@thierryrossen)

THIRTY-ONE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Niloy Das (@dasniloy_lizardsskintattoos)

THIRTY-TWO

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by СЕРГЕЙ SNAKE|ТАТУ МАСТЕР (@ssnake.tattoo)

THIRTY-THREE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Mélanie Mathevet Sayol (@aficionado_tattoo)

THIRTY-FOUR

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Ower Hernandez (@ower_hernandez)

THIRTY-FIVE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Wojciech Ważyński (@ww.wojciech)

THIRTY-SIX

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Kira Murillo Tattoos (@kiramurillo)

THIRTY-SEVEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Ethan Chandler (@ethan_smt)

THIRTY-EIGHT

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Cristian Altamirano (@tattoosbycristian)

THIRTY-NINE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Alankara Tattoo (@alankara_tattoo)

FORTY

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by TEAM FULLGAS (@team_fullgas)

FORTY-ONE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Chris Powell ➖ Dayton ➖ Tattoo (@chrispowelltattoos)

FORTY-TWO

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Luke Vella Skinlabel (@luke_vella_skinlabel)

FORTY-THREE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by TK.Tattoo.Phuket (@tktat.too13)

FORTY-FOUR

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Carl womack (@carl_womack_tattoos)

FORTY-FIVE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Mark Skipper tattoos (@markrskipper)

FORTY-SIX

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Quantum Tattoo Ink Russia (@quantumtattooink.russia)

FORTY-SEVEN

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Andrew Burley (@xandytattoosx)

FORTY-EIGHT

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by tristen Jenni (@tristen.jenni.tattoo)

FORTY-NINE

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by TATTOO ARTIST – BEDFORD, UK (@buddybarratttattoos)

FIFTY

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Sean Green (@artbyseangreen)


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Ian Gamble

Lions?? Especially in top 10…lol

Kathleen Gibson

The tats are absolutely stunning !! . .

Maury McDonald

The Indian Arts and Crafts Act (Act) of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in the marketing of Indian art and craft products within the United States. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization,

Monique A Guevara

Where is there a Native artist in Seattle, WA/Oregon area?

Tabitha

Tattoos are great. Good job artist. But since when did ancient native american tattoos have lions? Lions are native to Africa so are some of these designs.

Gayle Messina

The detail is fabulous ! The power in each tattoo is breathtaking ! Extremely beautiful work, you are all masters in your own way !

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