The ancient Mexican civilization is a rich treasure-trove for tattoo artists. The Aztecs had a well-developed tattoo art tradition, featuring their deep spiritual beliefs and cultural practices. The detailed images and symbols used in the designs, make Aztec tattoos popular in modern times. While a simple tattoo may feature a single element such as a godhead, in more elaborate tattoos, a godhead may be surrounded by decorative frames. The versatile design elements add to the unique look of the tattoos.
The beauty of Aztec tattoo art, comes from the bold lines used in the designs. Most designs are inked using a carved effect, and they look like they will spring to life, any moment. From the powerful Aztec sun-god, to serpent gods, to the Aztec warrior, the designs feature various themes. The warrior is often inked with the eagle, representing Aztec bravery. Often, geometrical patterns are used to make the design more powerful. Depending on the size of the design, an Aztec symbol can be inked on the arm, the leg, or the back. Full back tattoos often feature a stunning view of the many creatures and gods of the Aztecs. The forearm is a popular location for the circular sun-god motif. Here are some tattoo designs.
Symbol Ancient Tattoo
This beautifully shaded sun symbol comes from the ancient Aztec civilization.
Sacred Sun Tattoo
The woman sports a circular Aztec sun god tattoo on her upper back. The design features triangles, squares and semi-circles.
A three-headed god forms the centerpiece, in the circular frame composed of many godheads.
Smoke Up Sun God Tattoo
The curvy negative spaces contrast with the richly detailed sun god, in this Aztec back tattoo.
Aztec Circular Tattoo
Various intricately inked creatures surround the Aztec god, in this circular tattoo.
Two Faces Aztec Tat
The densely inked design shows a woman wearing a traditional Aztec hat, and a man in an elaborate headdress.
Afterlife Aztec Art
A skull wears an eagle headdress with a giant flower on top. The bold outlines contrast with the delicate shades in the design.
Full Back Aztec Gods
The full back tattoo displays a circular Aztec motif, framed by two giant serpent gods.
Aztec Sun Design
The geometrical design with strong lines and curves, shows the Aztec sun-god.
Aztec Motif Red Patterns
The richly detailed circular Aztec tattoo is surrounded by red smoky patterns.
Complex Aztec Tattoo
The masterful art gives a three-dimensional feel to this Aztec forearm tattoo.
Sun God Double Border Tattoo
The Aztec sun god motif is surrounded by ornate double borders, in this enormous back tattoo design.
Aztec Divinity Tattoo
A statue of a god sits at the heart of the design. On either side, pillars support the frame that is engraved with mysterious sacred animals.
Skull Symbols Aztec Tattoo
Grooved patterns and pyramidal shapes surround the skull, in this stunning Aztec tattoo.
Ancient Aztec Geometry Tattoo
The Aztec sun god is framed by geometrical patterns holding ancient symbols.
Powerful Creature Tattoo
A ferocious creature with his head pointed to the left, spreads out his wings.
Serpent God Tattoo
The majestic serpent god of the Aztecs, coils around a five pointed star.
Aztec Beyond Death Tattoo
The skull wearing an elaborate headdress made of feathers, symbolizes the undying spirit of the Aztec warrior.
Aztec Worship Tattoo
A bare-bodied stern looking man holds a vessel in his hands, in this Aztec tattoo.
Aztec Ancient Aztec Geometry Tattoo Tat
A squarish motif is placed at an angle over another squarish motif, in this decorative Aztec tattoo.
Aztec Warrior And Eagle Tattoo
The fully armored Aztec warrior with an eagle over his head, is a symbol of intense courage.
Stylized Sun God Tattoo
Smoky negative spaces swirl over the Aztec sun god, giving the design a stylized feel.
Aztec Beyond Death Tattoo
Two stunningly detailed skulls look out at the viewer, in this arm tattoo design.