The Aztecs were once a powerful and culturally sound civilization, living in the region that we now call Mexico. They lived and flourished there from the 14th Century to the 16th Century. They are popular today for various reasons, although their marvelous artistic ability is what has actually left every historian and art-lover agog. Theirs was a different culture altogether, for they practiced human sacrifices to some of their 'good' gods in order to keep the 'bad' gods away. The main god, that is, the Sun God or Huitzilopochtli, took sacrificed lives and maintained his protection of the people. Other gods were also worshipped in various other ways.
Coming back to the art forms that they practiced in their times, one of the major types, which attracts millions of people today, is that of their form of body art, and more specifically, tattoo designs. Aztec tattoo designs are quite different from the other tattoo designs that we see today. One of the main reasons for this is that they were such an ancient and culturally rich tribe. This caused them to explore this artistic aspect of their culture too, and hence, the legendary Aztec tattoo designs were born.
If you wish to have an Aztec tattoo design engraved onto your body, then you ought to be careful about certain things. The first thing to do would be to find out the meanings of the various designs available from a reputed tattoo artist or preferably a historian. You can also go online and search for the real meanings behind the different symbols, but this too is not exactly fool-proof. It is hence important for you to recognize and realize the meaning behind the symbol you are sporting. So you had better put in some research before you decide on your symbol.
Once you have chosen the right symbol and understood what it represents, though, things get much easier. All you have to do now is select the area of your body where you want your Aztec tattoo design to be placed, and also the colors you want it to display. Now, you may want the usual simple, original black, but in case you wish to sport something a little different from the common tattoo designs, you can add a splash of vibrant hues to match your tattoo, without making it lose its authenticity, though.
However and wherever you decide to wear your tattoo, be sure that you have chosen the right design for yourself. I say this because you should not regret making that decision later, as then there will be nothing you can do about it, for these tattoos are permanent, and having one removed is a complete pain. So look at your options carefully before choosing, and don't hurry into making a decision. Remember, haste makes waste!