Many of these tribal tattoos from the Filipino origin have abstract meanings to their designs and are also very complicated to understand. They have a slight resemblance to Celtic tattoos when they are drawn with symbols and signs. Dragon tattoos drawn in the tribal styles with black ink look very attractive when made either on the back or side of the abdomen. The Philippines also considered many water animals as important living beings. Thus many of their tribal tattoos have sea horses, whales, dolphins, shells, star fish and other sea animals as the designs. Another design which is commonly used as Filipino tattoos is the symbols that define certain personality traits and these are also made in the tribal designs.
Some more designs which can be used as Filipino tattoos for girls as well as guys are, the designs inspired from the Philippine flag. These designs have certain tribal designs which are drawn with the flag so that the flag alone doesn’t look simple. Filipino tattoos are very commonly got on either the sleeve, abdomen or the back as they are known to be enormous designs and take up a lot of space. Phrases written in the native language are also made by many Filipinos which have certain meanings like, “Noli Me Tangere” means touch me not. More on sleeve tattoos.