Tattoos are not only adopted by people as a fashion statement, but they also portray their character and personal. Mexican tattoos are symbolic. Such tattoos are inspired by Mexican civilization and culture. The designs are similar to tribal tattoos, marking the difference between tribes and depicting an individual’s social status. The themes are mainly inspired by Mayan, Aztec, Inca and Hispanic culture, playing a key role to make Mexican tattoo art so popular.
Mexican tattoos are some of the most striking new patterns around. They take their themes from those of ancient Mayan, Inca and Aztec art, a very distinctive look that’s different from most other types of tattoo designs, yet instantly recognizable. The bold, geometric patterns of Mexican tattoos make them very well suited to tattoo art.
Mexican Tattoo Designs
From among the typical Mexican tattoo ideas mentioned above, Aztec tattoos are the most prominent. The tattoos engraved on the body are of the sacred Gods and Goddesses of the Aztec tribe. To name a few, Quetzalcoatl (god of fertility, creativity and weather), the serpent God is the most powerful of all, is highly liked by people belonging to Mexico. A tattoo of Huitzilopochtili or the sun god (a symbol for belief in life after death), is a common design adopted by Mexicans. Tezcatlipoca (the warrior god) tattoos worn by people who are in search of power and want to live like a warrior. Other traditional symbols include religious designs with a head bowed or hands in prayer, encircled by a halo. Aztec tattoos are more rudimentary, etched in honor of Gods to bless people with fertility, prosperity and health. The ancient art of Mexican tattoo designs are incorporated with many modern elements today. People rather considering them as religious emblems and wear them to uplift their fashion quotient. With this, Mexican art tattoos have evolved as flag tattoos, mafia tattoos, gang tattoos and prison tattoos.
Mexican flag tattoo represent pride and vanity. Mexican flag has three colors, namely green, white and red, along with an eagle placed at the center. Each color has different meanings. The red color depicts sacrifice and unity, green indicates freedom and hope and white holds for purity and faith. The eagle holds a snake in it’s mouth and is seen to be landing on a cactus, the logo quite distinct from that of Spanish civilization.
People who wear Mexican flag tattoos actually work away from their native place and take pride and honor in the rich Mexican culture. Flag tattoos are usually worn on the broader parts of the body like, on chest, upper arm and forearm.
Mexican mafia tattoos stand for Mafia Mexicana, ruling the hearts of the Mexican tattoo fans. They are inked either as ‘MM’ or the eagle holding the snake in its mouth with the initials ‘EME’. Mafia tattoos are also denoted by black hands. Mexican gang tattoos or Mexican prison tattoos vary from the mafia patterns. Such tattoos have ornate tattoo lettering. They are also known as Hispanic tattoo, that contain images denoting Christianity. They are iconic representations like Christ, a cross, saints and Virgin Mary. This way you can create striking religious symbols, that will exhibit your true faith in the ancient Mexican culture.
Mexican skull tattoos represent the Day of the Dead or Mexican holiday in the Mexican history, when Mexican Americans wear such tattoos in memory of their loved ones who have passed away. Mexican skull tattoos are much wooed by young adults as they are extremely sensuous, with warrior Mexican skull and Mexican sugar skull, adorned by many. The obscure meaning behind Mexican sugar skull still needs to be explored. They are engraved as semi-skulls with parts of face covered by flesh, etched with multi colors, that makes them quite attractive. The warrior skull is actually a symbol of bravery, worn by people to revere the dead. They reflect the character of being an immortal fighter, strength and warrior ship.
Before, wearing Mexican tattoos, I would suggest you to do a bit of research about their mythology and culture. Ensure that you know the meaning and significance of the tattoo you are going to wear. You should not opt for any design just for the sake of fashion, when you are not comfortable with the meaning and the design. The image should resonate with you because it will be inked on your body for lifetime.
Before you decide on a Mexican tattoo design, do a bit of research about the mythology that engendered it, and the precise meaning of the image you are choosing. After all, you will be living with this image for the rest of your life (at least until the cost of tattoo removal comes down a bit), so you want to make sure that it resonates with you – in more ways than just appearance.
Some of Aztec, Maya and Inca mythology is inspiring, but some of it tends to be a bit dark, so you need to make sure that you don’t end up with an image whose meaning you aren’t completely comfortable with!