Indigenous Tattoo Reference Library
The archival sections of this website are provided as a resource for Indigenous peoples working on the revival of their ancestral tattooing traditions. If you are an Indigenous person and you find references to your nation, family or cultures tattooing tradition, please feel free to use the images for your tattoo revival and other projects.
If you are a non-Indigenous person please respect these images and do not use them for reference material for your tattoos and or artwork.
If there is any mis-categorization of these materials, please let me know, and I will promptly fix it.
If you are using these images as references for tattoos please respect yourself and your family enough to get someone trained professionally to apply your tattoo, you can contract hepatitis or HIV from improper tattooing practices. Also please research your tattooing tradition so as to make the right choice when getting your tattoo, know why you are getting what you are getting and possibly even the ceremonies that might go along with it.
If you would like to add additional material here that you are aware of, please submit your artwork/pictures, with name of artist and if possible clients name to
All of the photos on this site are for educational purposes
Click on the appropriate box of the archive you would like to see and it will take you to the reference library for that nation.
This project has taken a lot of time to edit, revamp and maintain. I would like to spend more time on it, by adding open source and public domain reference documents which highlight and mention many nations practices. However I find it difficult to juggle this and the reality of paying the bills, so if you have found value from this site and its contents and would like to support the continued building of the site, head on over to my Patreon page and become part of my support community.