Tribal sun tattoos are becoming a haute tattoo style. Tribal sun tattoos have been part of primitive cultures for several reasons. These primitive cultures revered and worshiped the sun as a powerful deity. It’s no surprise then that the sun would become a fundamental icon for them, even to tattooing their bodies in reverence to the sun God.
The designs of the sun of primitive cultures are diverse. It was seen correctly as an orb with rays emanating from it. Warm sun rays upon a primitive native’s face and body signified a sense of protection from other environmental elements more dangerous and intellectually overwhelming to such simple minds. Embellishing the skin with a tribal sun tattoo promoted this sense of protection and well-being.
Tribal sun tattoo designs vary from culture to culture and from tribal understanding of the sun which gave life to a planet evolving constantly. In Mayan cultures, these tribal sun tattoos often were the mark of leadership, depending on the size of the design and the colors used to produce the tattoo. Celts also used tribal sun tattoos as a means of identifying various sects within their own native heritage. In early Middle Eastern cultures, their sun god, Re, was deified as the pillar of importance to their existence among other such demi-gods.
Tribal sun designs were embedded into various other symbols: The U.S. dollar bill’s reverse face replicates this symbolism with two large orbs within which are two smaller symbols, each with a sun-like corona. Many religions use the sun as a symbol for infinity and omnipotence.
Contemporary tribal sun designs range from those with simple, monochromatic, spidery sun rays to those with hundreds of brilliant rays that appear as one. Choosing a tribal sun tattoo design incorporates personal, cultural or iconoclastic symbols. From graceful to imposing, each Tribal sun tattoo speaks of an individual’s signature style.
Such designs can also contain a hidden or obscured meaning. The sun is the earth’s sole provider of energy from which all alternative energy comes in many forms. Imagine the reverse meaning of a tribal sun tattoo that would signify a powerless sun. The orb in black, lacking energy to resume its former power to promote growth. Its corona a weakened grey signifying the great sun’s dying strength. Conversely, another design, a tribal sun tattoo with a bright golden orb surrounded by a halo graphical corona to signify the all powerful nature of an individual.
A tribal sun tattoo might be designed with a delicately orbiting corona while tucked inside the orb itself is a secondary symbol such as an eye to impart knowledge, a small fish to effect spirituality, a lion denoting strength or a ram to portend ambition.