In ancient times there were many tribes that revealed their arts and beliefs through tattoo designs. Aztec tribe was one of the most known for their body art. They left a great number of beautiful symbols and made tattoo designs a real form of arts. In Aztec culture tattoo designs were very important and Aztec tattoos are known for the difficulty of the designs and the variety of forms. Many of tattoo designs were sacred for Aztecs.
Nowadays Aztec tattoo designs are very popular and not only in Latin America. There are many reasons for their popularity and the attractiveness of tattoo designs and their brightness are not the least. But at the same time all Aztec tattoo designs have a deep symbolic meaning.
Most of Aztec tattoo designs had religious, spiritual or ritual meanings. There is one important thing that differentiates Aztec tattoos from other tattoo designs – they were not only part of their culture, tattoo designs were used in different rituals. That’s why all they have a deep meaning.
One of the most popular Aztec tattoos is a blue face of the sun. It was associated with the most important god that gave life to everything. The sun with its sunsets and sunrises was associated with life after death. Besides sun some symbols of Aztec language also were used in tattoo designs. Nowadays an Aztec sun tattoo can mean eternal life.
Aztec dagger is one of the most popular tattoo designs in modern Latin America. It is associated with Aztec god of war and means courage and might. Earlier it was often worn by Maori warriors. And today it is often made by men to emphasize their power and strong character.
Winged snake-god was honored by both Aztec and Maya. Being the god of creation, fertility and weather, he was also a symbol of ancient wisdom. Tattoo designs with his image are among the most popular Aztec tattoos because winged snake-god played the main role in art, religion and culture in most of Latin America countries for more than two thousands years.
Beside tattoos connected with gods, there were also tattoo designs that revealed a social status of their owners and the place in the tribal hierarchy. Aztec tattoo designs showed successes and achievements in the life. The choice of place for tattoo design also was not accidental. Mostly often Aztec tattoos were made an arms and chest.
Traditional Aztec tattoo designs are bright and stylish, and the designs themselves are difficult and require much time for making. Today many people make these tattoo designs, not only because of their attractiveness but also because of the deep symbolic meaning and traditions.