A tattoo is a personal expression of one's mind and spirit etched on the body. These expressions vary from person to person making this world a big bright world of moving tattoos that are constantly speaking and sharing stories of their humans. When you consider getting it, it is only natural that you dig deep into your true element to find an expression or feeling that will remain constant throughout your life.

There is no dearth of designs and patterns available to convey your idea but if you are a free spirited person who wants his or her body art to connect nature with the mind, then aboriginal patterns are a great way to get started on your search for the perfect body art piece.

Aboriginal patterns for tattoos make use of ancient signs and symbols that were used by the aborigines in their cave paintings. The symbols when combined tastefully with contemporary colours can convey meanings at multiple levels.

Here's a look at 10 tattoos inspired by aboriginal art. If you thought only free-spirited personalities loved these tattoos, then think again!

Tattoo 1: Boom boom- Boomerangs

Boom boom- Boomerangs

Aboriginal tattoos are heavy with traditional motifs like boomerangs, animals, symbols, lines, and dots of varying sizes. The arrows featured here symbolises kangaroo tracks while the boomerang is a device traditionally developed to help in food collection.

Tattoo 2: The world of fauna

The world of fauna

Much like any tribal art across the world, aboriginal patterns too feature animals heavily. These animals are usually ones abundantly available in the landscape like this tattoo featuring a lizard. The half-spherical signs seen denote footsteps or tracks of the featured animal.

Tattoo 3: All that's round!

All that's round

For those that want to display their love for wanderlust outside Instagram, nothing says it best than an aborginal tattoo using ancient symbols. This pattern uses classic circles, half-circles, lines, and dots to denote travel, rest, and company on road.

Tattoo 4: Earth-y colors

Earth-y colors

Aboriginal art since its inception saw the use of natural colours. In contemporary times, it is only natural that basic colours such as red, yellow, black, white, and browns are used in the art form to keep its true essence alive.

Tattoo 5: Neon type

Neon type

To stick to the true essence of aboriginal patterns as tattoos, colours are best avoided. However, one can always add a little jazz to it with the use of neon or glow in the dark colours. Place them on visible parts of the body to get easily noticed. Contrast it with block colours like black and white and you have a conversation starter for any party.

Tattoo 6: The mask you are wearing

The mask you are wearing

Aboriginal art was amply featured on masks that were originally used for both decor and survival. Today, the artworks often seen on these masks are valued for their aesthetic appeal. This is also one motif of aboriginal motif that allows colour play.

Tattoo 7: Inspired by natural resources

natural resources

For those looking for simple yet meaningful tattoos, aboriginal pattern tattoos provide a gamut of options. These can range from small line patterns to dotted motifs. This tattoo created at the base of the finger symbolises two water resources connected by flowing water. This simple form of body art also features several toned down motifs like waves, footprints, and hand symbols.

Tattoo 8: Movement


In life, we need to connect to all that nature has provided us to sustain. Inking those necessities only reminds you how basic your requirements are as a human. This tattoo, through its captivating circular and wavy lines bridges together all the elements we need for survival, namely, water, movement and companionship.

Tattoo 9: Dense designs

Dense designs

Aboriginal pattern tattoos are heavy with symbolism, a feature that makes them special and intellectually strong. This circular pattern focuses on the circle of life and its sustainability. Several themed tattoos are available in such formats. Circular tattoos are best located at the base of necks, shoulder, wrists and other joints.

Tattoo 10: Reptiles


Tattoos featuring aboriginal art often carry animal motifs. Snakes found widely in the continent of Australia, are one of the key animal motifs of this art form. The long twisted and wavy imprint of snakes make for eye-catching large body art.