In ancient times, tribal tattoo was used for a symbol of identity dealing a certain tribe. Other than that, it was used for expressing religion or spiritual belief. For some tribes, tattoos were used for self protection to camouflage their selves in the woods.

However, modern tribal art is usually adapt the style from Aztec, Samoan, Polynesian, Indian,Hawaiian,Egyptian, Mayan, and Maori. These tribes use tattoo for identification, social status, and even medicinal purposes. Overall, the black tribal tattoo designs are usually impresses mythical and mysterious meaning.