The warriors carried a lot of weight in decisions because they are the ones who defended the tribe against all enemies. Stories of the tattoos can still been seen today with some of the uncivilized tribes of South America and Polynesia. Pictures of these tribes that are known to exist date back to the mid to late 1800's. Hand written accounts exist from the early travel of man in his quest to explore the world. Columbus himself described many of these tribal tattoos
So, how did those tattoos get to be what they are today? Well, that is simple. Have you ever seen how big the older ones are? Can you imagine having your entire right arm a tribal tattoo? Don't get me wrong, I have seen them. But, I think there is any overwhelming urge to get the tattoo but with a scaled down attitude. I imagine that this is so that when you go to a job interview or meet your future mother and father in law, you are not shunned.
So how many tribal tattoos are there? Well, they are endless. That basically means that only your imagination can limit how many. The ones at the tattoo shops, well, he is limited to what he can afford to buy. Usually, these shops have around a hundred. The best bet is to get online, like you are now and look up some on your own.
The best advice I can give someone, get the one you want. Don't let these guys doing the ink tell you what you want. These things can't be washed off and they are not cheep. Pick a clean place. These guys that use old needles and do it in the garage should go to jail. They could be passing on nasty things like AIDS, Hepatitis or some other nasty thing I am sure you don't want.