For anyone who is interested in the ancient civilization known as the Inca Empire, read on for some interesting ideas that may give you inspiration for Inca tattoos. Many have been fascinated by this tribe which rose from the Peru’s highlands back in the early 1200’s leaving behind some of the most marvelous architecture the world has ever seen. This includes the breathtaking site of Machu Picchu which was constructed by Inca engineers centuries ago in such a manner that the workmanship is still revered today. These stone temples which are similar in construction to the pyramids in ancient Egypt were built without the use of mortar so they fitted perfectly together to such an extent that there was not even a small enough gap to slip a knife through. As a result, the tight fit and the concavity on the lower rocks made them extraordinarily stable and they are still a sight to behold long after the Inca Empire ended. This renowned image alone, makes a fantastic body art design, however it is best suited to a larger canvas of skin such as the back, to really do it justice.
One of the most significant elements for the Inca people was of course the sun and many of their rituals, customs and beliefs revolved around the Sun God, Inti so many designs for Inca tattoos are illustrated using one or both of these images. . The Inca’s religion was based around nature so to them the sun played an integral part and with the warmth and light it provided, it was the embodiment of life. Inti was therefore known as the giver of life but was also the patron deity of Cuzco, an Incan holy city whose name translates as home of the sun.
There are other Incan symbols that are not so widely recognized which would also work well for body art, if you are looking for less obvious ideas for Inca tattoos. These include the gold pectoral and the chakana, however the latter in particular is a popular image that works well as body art, on it sown or in conjunction with other images. The chakana is an Inca Cross that is a well known Andean symbol. It is a three-stepped cross representing the southern cross and symbolizing the three tiers of Inca life which are the lower world, this world and the higher world. The three levels also represent the snake, puma and condor so any of these images incorporated with the chakana itself with a sun rising above them would make really cool body art designs.