People have been getting tribal tattoo designs throughout the world since the first existence of culture began, making tribal tattoo designs for women popular by nature. In some tribes the getting of the first tattoo was a rite of passage, marking the milestone of a young person coming of age. It was believed that only a young lady who could put up with the pain that getting a tattoo entails could be considered fit enough to go with the travails of giving birth to a child. This made her a person of worth to be considered for marriage.
For men, bearing the pain of tattooing signified their strength and endurance – making them worthy to be a good warrior. After all, being able to bear pain stoically is important in the battlefield. In some ancient tribes a tattoo was a matter of adding to one’s attractiveness or increasing social standing and position. This may be true, even today, for some of the oldest surviving tribes, but in the modern world, a tattoo has become a matter of adornment and way of self expression.
Earlier on tattoos were considered to be part of the male world and women were seen with a prejudiced eye if they dared to display tattoos openly. But with times evolving to dissolve the gender barriers, now women are also going out and getting themselves tattooed openly. This way tattoos have become more acceptable and the negative implications attached to them seem to have diminished to a large extent.
What is more, the clear distinction separating what is a masculine tattoo design and what would be considered an acceptable design for a woman to get have become rather indistinct. Earlier on men would go for the macabre like skeletons, skulls and crosses, while women would be going for the floral and cutesy designs. It is no longer the case today. A talk with some tattoo artists will confirm the fact that everyone is picking out tattoos base on their personal preference and not as per what is acceptable for their gender.