Tribal Tattoo Meaning


Aztec Tattoos are a complicated matter, this article will clarify some of the Aztec people’s culture, what the different aztec symbols mean and help you make decisions about Aztec tattoo designs and which is appropriate for you.  There is a difference between Aztec, Mexican and Spanish art.  Prior to the invasion of the Aztec Empire by Spain the Aztecs were building a written language. These are the topics that have been translated for sure; the Aztec numbering system, and the Aztec calendar system. However, even some of the calendar uses aren’t completely clear. In addition, the Aztec people had a very complex military system with warrior ranking that is and maybe never will be completely clear to us.  We know that the Jaguar and Eagle were considered high ranking among the warriors.

Back to the calendar; each of the twenty days of the Aztec calendar is assigned to an Aztec god or deity.  Among them are the Jaguar and the Eagle. Beyond this you will need to read on and study additional information about Aztec deities you might want to include in Aztec Tattoos. Last word, we really don’t know if the Aztecs practiced the art of tattooing.  However they were extremely artistic and practiced numerous art forms; many of them centered on decorating themselves and their buildings. They wore costumes and painted on themselves.

Types of Aztec Tattoos & Symbols (and Their Meanings)

Eagle Aztec Tattoos – Eagle Aztec tattoos could illustrate a person wearing the traditional warrior costume. The headdress is generally described as feathered with the large beak coming over the top of the head with the point of the beak ending in front of the fore head.  The eagle is a high ranking warrior, represents the west and is a God. It is the fifteenth day on the Aztec calendar cycle.

Skull Aztec Tattoos – Skull Aztec tattoos represent the sixth day, is a deity known as Death and signifies the north. Aztec tattoos with the skull god included are popular these days for men.  Skulls in general are popular and including your heritage is an additional plus with these Aztec tattoos.

Flower Aztec Tattoos – Flower Aztec tattoos would symbolize the last or twentieth day of the calendar.  Flower represents the direction south and like all calendar days; represents a deity.

Serpent Aztec Tattoos – Serpent Aztec Tattoos would represent the serpent or snake god and is the fifth day of the calendar.  These Aztec tattoos would represent the eastern direction.

Bird Aztec Tattoos – Bird Aztec Tattoos would include the eagle and the vulture.  You could choose other birds, but these birds are gods, warriors and are on the Aztec calendar.  The vulture is an awesome illustration.  It represents the south and the sixteenth day of the calendar.

Warrior Aztec Tattoos –  Warrior Aztec Tattoos open a world of possibilities.  Here are a few ideas, jaguar, eagle, shields, the animals rather than humans in costumes, the costumes, and the wepons assigned to them.  Keep in mind the higher ranking a warrior; the more artistically elaborate the costume and gear.

Sun Aztec Tattoos – Sun Aztec Tattoos will have a very special meaning.  The sun represented a world or universe with its own species and inhabitants.  A world lasted 52 years. A world was called a sun.