Americans have long been intrigued by Native American culture. Images of noble chiefs on the great plains have been ingrained in our social consciousness since our days in elementary school. From Hollywood blockbusters to Disney films, depictions of tribal life have varied widely. Perhaps the most beautiful images, however, are the result of some truly talented tattoo artists. Even if you don’t have a drop of Native American blood in your veins, these gorgeous designs will have you wishing you did.
Far from the typical Westernized depictions of headdresses and spears, this warrior is a true work of art. The level of detail in the face wrinkles alone is incredible.
This sleeve devoted to a beautiful Native American princess combines a great level of artistry and a stunning use of color.
This back piece takes things to the next level and shows true commitment. It not only displays great skill at shading, it incorporates many popular Native American symbols.
Hands give a much smaller surface area to work with. Despite that, the level of detail in this pair of tattoos is impressive.
This amazing thigh piece is another example of incredible artistry and use of color.
Wolves and dreamcatchers are two staples of Native American imagery. This tattoo beautifully incorporates both. The green eyes nearly pop off the skin.
From the background to the texture in her hair, this full-scene sleeve is an incredible work of art.
Watercolor tattoos can be incredibly beautiful, and this work of art is no exception.
This forearm piece is another great example of the use of color combined with impressive shading on the face.
This unconventional take on the classic “Cowboys and Indians” theme is impressive for many reasons, from the lifelike shading to the blood-red backgrounds that almost make the tattoos appear three-dimensional.