Traditional Tattoos

This time NomadicHype showing you Tattoos from different places which represent different meanings.


Batek – Philippines

This kind of tattoos has made in early 16th century by North Luzon clan which called Batek. It is a symbol of Patriot and symbolic meaning, as well as the relationship between the practice and culture as a whole.


India is most famous for a unique type of body art. This is a temporary and painless tattoo art that involves drawing intricate, lacy patterns on the body, the color of which varies from orange to a deep brown. Once strictly a marriage ritual, application of the henna tattoo eventually has become a matter of choice. Recent variants of this impermanent body art include silver, gold and even white-coloured designs.


ptasan taiwanese


According to the mythology of the Ainu people, tattooing was brought to earth by Okikurumi Turesh Machi, the ancestral mother of the Ainu and sister of the creator god Okikurumi. Ainu girls were given lip tattoos as they grew older, customarily by grandmothers or maternal aunts. Completed lip tattoos served to repel evil spirits from the body, indicate that the woman was ready for marriage, and assure her place among her ancestors in the afterlife.


sak yant thai
Sak yant


Sak – meaning “to tap” or, “to tattoo”

Yant – meaning “Yantra”. Originally derived from the Sanskrit word “YANTRA”.

The Sak Yant Hah Taew dates its origin back over 700 years to the ancient Kingdom of Lanna which is now known as Northern Thailand.  The Buddhist Monk credited with the design of the Hah Taew 5 Lines Sak Yant is Kruba Kam of Wat Ton Pin, a Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, which unfortunately no longer exists today. Kruba Kam designed the Hah Taew at around the time King Mengrai founded the city of Chiang Mai in 1296.


ta moko new zealand


Ta moko – traditional Māori tattooing, often on the face – is a taonga (treasure) to Māori for which the purpose and applications are sacred.

Each moko contains ancestral tribal messages specific to the wearer. These messages tell the story of the wearer’s family and tribal affiliations, and their place in these social structures.

A moko’s message also portrays the wearer’s genealogy, knowledge and social standing.

japanese irezumi


Until the Edo period in Japan (1600–1868) tattoos, world wide, were done with marks and symbolism rather than imagery.

The Traditional Japanese Tattoo “Irezumi” is the decoration of the body with mythical beasts, flowers, leafs, and other images from stories, myths and tales. The impetus for the development of the art was the progression of the woodblock prints and notably the “hero’s heavily decorated with Irezumi”. Wearing Irezumi is an “Aspiration” to life’s goals.


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