Historically, tribal tattoos were visual expressions of various battles and wars. Warriors would wear tribal tattoos on their skin into battle as a way to instill courage in their fellow warriors and intimidate their opponents. Modern tribal tattoos evolved from there.
Tribal tattoos have existed for thousands of years. Originally, tribal tattoos were drawn by poking sharp sticks into ashes and then inserting the sticks under the skin. These marks were often also used for camouflage. Eventually, the tattoos were used to show allegiance to a tribe or group. Tribal tattoos are often identified by their curved lines, points and ornate patterns.