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Aztec Warrior Tattoo Meaning

Aztec body art on men often symbolizes courage, bravery and power, all traits of Aztec warriors serving their god. On women, appearing less often, Aztec symbols favor life, light and wisdom in meaning. Each is also a quality of the Aztec lord Quetzalcoatl.

Aztec Tattoo

The Aztec viewed their art as an extension of themselves deeply inter-connected with nature. You find this in the extensive use of sun, earth and water elements.

Aztec Warrior Tattoo Designs

Aztec Mayan Tattoo

The Quetzalcóatl tattoo or Aztec Warrior tattoo is symbolic of resurrection and honors an Aztec god. In Aztec culture Quetzalcoatl was considered god of the morning and the evening star and was believed to descended to Mictlan, the layer of the dead, to gather the bones of the deceased.

Forearm Aztec Tattoos

Aztec calendar Tattoo sleeve

A forearm tattoo was among the first an aspiring Aztec warrior would receive on their journey from boy to warrior. It represented an allegiance to a specif tribe, honored a specific god and was itself worn as a badge of honor clearly visible to everyone.

Shoulder Aztec Tattoos

Aztec Tattoos

A young Aztec warrior who displayed bravery or accomplished great things on the battlefield would expand upon their tattoos much in the same way modern military displays rank increases. Aztec warriors were an integral part of every Aztec community and tattoos helped convey status among the warrior class.

Chest Aztec Tattoos

Aztec Chest Tattoo on Man

Stimulate an inspired imagination by exploring this symbolic chest masterpiece.

Arm Aztec Tattoos

Left Shoulder Tribal Tattoo

Balance your vision by deciding to go with this delightful arm body art.

What symbols do Aztec tattoos have?

Aztec Warrior Shoulder Tattoo

Aztec tattoos favor animal symbols, particularly eagles, jaguars, frogs and monkeys. These animals were considered guiding totems and spiritual guides which inspired the wearer to follow the creature's ways and life path.

Tribal Aztec Tattoos

Samoan Tattoo

Choose to show your enthusiasm by considering this provocative and awesome tribal masterpiece.

Small Aztec Tattoos

Small Aztec Tattoo

Balance an inspired brilliance by exploring this enjoyable and fancy small wonder.

Simple Aztec Tattoos

Small Aztec Mexican Tattoo

Guide your creative thought with this enchanting simple specimen.

Traditional Aztec Tattoos

Colorful Mayan Aztec Tattoo

Improve your fantasy by exploring this awesome traditional stick and poke.

Leg Aztec Tattoos

Aztec Warrior Leg Tattoo

Stimulate the vision by going with this unique leg body art.

Eagle Aztec Tattoos

Tribal Aztec Warrior Tattoo

Stimulate your inspiration with this cool and awesome eagle masterpiece.

Can women wear Aztec tattoos?

Mayan Tattoo

Of course! Besides traditional roles of caring for family and home Aztec women performed several important roles in Aztec culture. Aztec codices depict women with tattoos while working as priest, weaver and craftsman to name a few.

Skull Aztec Tattoos

Aztec Skull Tattoo Design

Choose to show your spirit with this elegant skull design.

Jaguar Aztec Tattoos

Aztec Jaguar Feminine Tattoo

Immortalize an inspired image with this spectacular jaguar beauty. This excellent design was inked by Bola Valles at the Purpura Tatuajes studio in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.

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