Port City Tattoo is known for their diversity in style and techniques of tattooing. We are also widely revered for our exceptional Tribal Tattoos and have perfected the art of this style of tattooing. From discrete and simplistic tattoo designs, to awe-inspiring tribal tattoos that cover a huge portion of the body, our Orange County and Long Beach Tattoo Artists can work with you on any concept or idea.
Whether you are seeking to get a tribal tattoo at our Long Beach or Costa Mesa Tattoo Shop, or an Asian inspired tattoo, a portrait, or prefer to go for a geometric tattoo, our skilled Port City Tattoo artists can deliver it all. Our highly talented staff at our Port City tattoo shops can reference a picture or drawing, or we can free-hand a custom sketch based on the description of tattoo you’re trying to go for. We also welcome all guests that visit our Port City Tattoo Shop and peruse our huge catalog of Artist Portfolios to see if something catches your eye.
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Port City Tattoo has two locations, our original tattoo shop in Long Beach and our sister tattoo shop in Costa Mesa. Both locations are convenient to all of Los Angeles county and Orange County. Travel a little further for the best that LA has to offer. You can’t let a thing like distance come between you and quality tattooing!!
Bold, classic and sure to turn heads, Port City’s expertly inked Tribal Tattoo have been around for a while and are thick with symbolism and meaning. As with any art form that has stood the test of time and culture, tattooing continues to evolve, but the basics remain the same. Port City Tattoo makes it a point to deliver the best Traditional Tattoo designs in Orange County and Los Angeles.
Here are some popular tribal tattoos that are solid designs for all ages.
The word “tattoo” derives from the word “tatau” in Polynesian. All of the people living on Marquesan island in Polynesia were tattooed. They regarded the tattooed symbols as a form of language. Usually, the image was inspired by animals: for example, shark teeth represented protection, and shells meant wealth. Other common symbols included turtles, fish hooks, and lizards.
The Maori tribe, in New Zealand, had facial tribal tattoos called moko. Each one was unique, and they indicated high social status as well as the person’s rank, job, and achievements. Male moko tattoos usually covered the whole face, while female versions usually only covered the area around the mouth and the chin. Mokos represented the inner strength. This was because the Maori believed when you die, light will shine directly through you, and the tattoo will show who you are.
A Native American tribe called the Haida, who live on the Northwest coast of America, is known for their woodcarvings and tattoos of animals. The style of both the carvings and the tattoos are similar, and depict creatures such as beavers, fish, thunderbirds, and bears. The Haida believed that if you had a certain tattoo, you took on some of the strength of that animal. Therefore, the Haida style is forceful and masculine. The tattoos were also influenced by Native American astrology.
Our tattoo family is just as important to us as our beloved clients. That’s why Port City Tattoo goes above and beyond to only hire the very best tattooists from all over the world. Our expert tattoo artists each have over ten years of experience in a wide variety of tattooing techniques. Some of the styles of tattoos that we offer at Port City Tattoo include black and gray, tribal tattoos, portraits, Traditional Tattoos, Realistic Ink, Japanese designs and lettering, Koi Fish, Sacred Geometry tattoos, amongst a catalog of others. We have a total of eight artists on staff at any given time. Come in and we’ll set you up with the artist that best compliments your style.
Additionally, if you are feeling a little adventurous and have a concept, but no visual aid to reference, our Port City Tattoo Artists can help you describe your idea accurately and then sketch it out for you. Upon your thumbs-up we then begin the process of making it a permanent masterpiece on your skin. Get the artistry your body deserves, come to Port City Tattoo in either Long Beach or Costa Mesa for all of your Tribal Tattooing needs. All of Port City’s tribal tattoos deliver a unique look. Our tribal tattoos all hold significant meaning, which has made them the original elements of tattoo art in the United States and around the world. Visit one of our award winning tattoo shops in Long Beach or Costa Mesa today and get inked by the best in the Southwest.
Port City is Proud to extend its tribal tattooing services to following cities :
Costa Mesa • Long Beach • Downey • Huntington Beach • Redondo Beach • Hermosa Beach • Anaheim • Santa Ana • Orange County • Orange • Torrance • Irvine • Tustin • Lakewood • Cypress • Newport Beach • Seal Beach • Los Alamitos • Garden Grove • Westminster • San Pedro • Signal Hill • Fullerton • Buena Park • Mission Viejo • Carson • Fountain Valley • La Palma • Cerritos • Compton • Rossmoor • Bellflower • Stanton • Laguna Hills • Lake Forest • Gardena • Lawndale • Palos Verdes • Lomita • Paramount • Laguna Beach • San Joaquin Hills • Manhattan Beach • Norwalk • La Mirada • Lynwood • South Gate • Whittier • Pico Rivera • Yorba Linda • Santa Fe Springs • Dana Point • Corona Del Mar • Torrance