Tribal Tattoo

Tribal Tattoo Pictures

 By Captain Bret


We do All styles of modern Tattoos.

One of a kind Custom unique Tattoos, Fancy watercolors, Black & Grey, Or extremely colorful designs, American Tradition Tattooing, Sailor Jerry styles also, Expert lettering and Calligraphy, World Renowned For Celtic Tattooing, Tribal Black work specialist, Expert with COVER- UPS & Repairs, Unsurpassed Nautical & Realistic Tattoos.


Tattoos by Captain Bret  &  Celtic Tattoo

Newport, Rhode Island  # 2 Collins St.  02840

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(401) 846-4488

Newport, RI Tattoo Shops

Maori Fish Hook
Designed, Drawn & Tattooed
By Captain Bret Tattoo Shop


Tribal Turtle Tattoo

Samoan-Polynesian Tattoo by Captain Bret

Polynesian style Tattoo

Tribal with some Celtic, Custom Tattoo by Captain Bret

Freehand drawn Polynesian styled Tattoo

to be colored in soon

Samoan Full Arm Tattoo ( to be colored next)

Elephant Tattoo

Viking Dragon - Viking Compass Rose- Vegvisir Tattoo - Runic Compass Tattoo by Captain Bret

Viking Dragons - Viking Compass - Traditional Viking Tattoo - Dot Work Style


Viking Dragons - Viking Compass - Traditional Viking Tattoo - Dot Work Style - Custom Tattoo by Captain Bret

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Pacific Northwest Coast Native Sun

Tribal Dragon Tattoo by Captain Bret

Elvish Script Lettering Tattoo

Phoenix tattoo by Captain Bret

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CLICK to   Download   Tribal Arm Bands

We specialize in fixing old Tattoos. We can cover up your old Tattoo.
We will make you NEW again.
Fixing and Re-Coloring faded or improperly executed art is our favorite thing.


Triple Strength Tribal Dragons

click to download this cool Tattoo

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All Style Tribal  Tattoos by Captain Bret


Tribal Trinity triple strength dragons Tattoo


Tribal flame job Tattoo

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Pacific Northwest Coast Native Tribal Sun Face Tattoo

Tribal Sun Face


ORDER Tribal Cross Back Tattoo by Captain Bret


Shark Tattoo


ORCA "Killer Whale" Tattoo

Tribal "FISH" Tattoo - Tattooed by Captain Bret

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Looking out for our  Tattoo customers


Tribal and Celtic Sun Tattoo download

All Tattoos at my shop are done by the owner/artist Captain Bret

No flunkies, or apprentices allowed near your skin !

Captain Bret at work Tattooing a Custom Design

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(401) 846-4488

Old School Butterfly Skull Tattoo with Crown

The Best Tattoo Parlor in Rhode Island

Love Hearts Wolves Tattoo by Captain Bret

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Wolf paw Tattoo                                            Bear paw Tattoo


Warrior strength Tattoo armband design

Tribal Phoenix Tattoo


Fancy Calligraphy Lettering Name Tattoo

Tribal USMC Eagle Globe and Anchor Tattoo

Custom Tribal Lion Tattoo Design by Captain Bret


Tribal Lion tattoo design download



Sailor Jerry  Birds. We do CUSTOM Traditional Tattoos also

Scottish Thistle & Celtic Trinity Knot with Tribal Background by Captain Bret

Pacific Northwest Coast Native American    Art WOLF    Tattoo By Captain Bret

Full arm Tribal sleeve Custom Drawn & Tattoooed by Captain Bret


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Tribal Pirate Skull

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Egyptian King Tattoo Design

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Koolest Tribal Dragon #81

click to order this Tribal Dragon Tattoo Design

Ladies, come get a   HOT   Tribal Tattoo   Like this from us at

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Tribal Tiger

Tribal Tiger Tattoo


Tribal Lion

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Tribal Dragon Tattoo design download

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Pacific Northwest Coast Native Eagles

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click to download Pacific Northwest Coast Tribal designs like these

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            Wolf with Sun Tattoo             Double Orca, "Killer Whale" Tattoo

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Call for Appointment

(401) 846-4488


Skin&Ink Tattoo magazine article about Captain Bret's Celtic Tattoos

My article and picture in Harley Davidson 100 year Anniversary Book

All Tattoos at my shop are done by the owner/artist Captain Bret

No flunkies, or apprentices allowed near your skin !



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Tribal Tuna Fish


Tribal     SKULL    Tattoos

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Mystic River MOVIE Tattoo

Sean Penns    Back Tattoo

Tattoo that Captain Bret Designed that was used in Clint Eastwood's movie "MYSTIC RIVER" staring Sean Penn as the character "Jimmy Markum" a South Boston Irish mobster with this Celtic styled cross Tattooed on his back

We bury our sins, we wash them clean.

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Get in line for a Tattoo by Captain Bret


Fancy Old English letters CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Old English "Blackletter" Tattoo

Butterflies flying up a ladies leg

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Tribal Bear Claw of Strength #76

click to download this Bear Claw Tattoo design

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Tribal Dragon Tattoo

Oooooh look at the nice Tattoos by Captain Bret!

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Stylized Tribal Extreme Cross

click to download


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American Stylized Tribal Lion

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Tribal Eagle Photo #85

Click to order this custom Tattoo


Ladies, come get a HOT Celtic Tattoo Like this from us at

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Tribal Sun Eagle

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Tribal Triple Lucky Strength Dragons

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Tribal Dragon

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Egyptian Queen

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Tribal Moon

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Tribal&Celtic Fusion Tattoo

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Tribal & Celtic Strength Knot

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Tribal Rose

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Tribal Styled Name

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Haida Sun

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Tribal Sun

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Kokopeli Tattoo

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Ancient Tribal Black Strength Dragon

Skin&Ink Tattoo magazine article about Captain Bret's Celtic Tattoos

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Click to download this Lion

Kanji Tattoo

Custom Tribal Dragon by Captain Bret

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Pacific Northwest Coast Style Wolf

Custom arm Tribal Tattoo by Captain Bret


Tribal Sun



Custom Firemans Cross Tattoo by Captain Bret

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Tribal Flames Tattoo


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Mystic River Tattoo

Sean Penn Back Tattoo  #1


Tattoo that Captain Bret Designed that was used in Clint Eastwood's movie"MYSTIC RIVER" staring Sean Penn as the character "Jimmy Markum" a South Boston Irish mobster with this celtic styled cross Tattooed on his back


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Tribal Rose

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Tribal Panther Sun

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Tribal Tattoo History and Symbolism

The Tribal style originates from the old tribes like the Celtic, the Maori tribes, the Haida tribes, the inhabitants of the Marquesan and the tribes of Borneo. What a lot of people now recognize as Tribal is in fact a new style: New Tribalism are the remains of the old Tribal style. Particularly the Borneo style shows a lot of resemblance with New Tribalism.

Concerning all Tribal styles the division in black and white is important. Not only of what has been tattooed must have a good shape but also the parts that have been left blank must also be well shaped. Besides it is more beautiful that the shapes follow your body contours. The balance with Tribals and Ornamentals are very important. That is the reason why it is so important to have a tattoo done by someone who understands the different styles.

The Celtic tribes
The old Celts lived mainly in England and Ireland (before also in France). Round the year 1000 the Celtic civilization gradually disappeared. Typical of this style is interlace, spirals, dogs, birds and humans

Custom Celtic Cross by Captain Bret

The Maori tribes
The Maori originate from New Zealand and have traditional facial tattoos (moko) and special leg tattoos. This tattoo style, that shows a lot of resemblance with the wood carving of the Maoris, is typical for its spirals. Under influence of the missionaries the traditional Maori tattoos disappeared round 1900. In those days the Maori were hunted for their (tattooed) head as a trophy. The facial tattoos of the Maori were individually designed and they’re for never copied from each other. According to the legend the facial tattoos were made to be recognized by friends and family once deceased. According to the story the light goes right through you when you are dead, but your tattoos show whom you are. Since 1980-1990 there is an uprising of the tattoo phenomenon under the Maori in New Zealand. For the Maori a tattoo means inner strength and mastering this inner strength.

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The Haida tribes
The Haida (Indian tribes) lived on the Northwest coast of America. This style of tattoos, which shows a lot of resemblance with the woodcarving of the Haida, thunderbirds, beavers, bears, fish and woodcarving are very common. The pictures are mainly about the Indian astrology. The Indians believed that you partly take over the strength of the animal when having such a tattoo. The Haida style is a forceful, masculine style.

The Marquesan tribes
The Marquesan style originates from the inhabitants of the Marquesan Islands in Polynesia. These islanders used to be completely covered with tattoos. Their bodies showed picture stories, for other tribes to recognize whom you were, where you were from and what you did. In the entire Polynesian area the tattoo culture always has been present, everyone was tattood. The word tattoo is derived from the word 'tatau' that comes from this area. The Marquesan style is mainly based on the divinity Tiki, who is always portrayed with his eyes closed because he smells danger before he sees it. Images that are used a lot in this style are: shells (wealth), shark teeth (protection) lizards, whales, turtles, fish hooks, and so on. The Marquesan style is a form of language in symbols.

Borneo is situated above Indonesia. In former times the headhunters (from the Iban- and Dayak tribes) had tattoos for protection and as proof of their achievement. That is how one obtained a spiral in the form of a flower on the front of the shoulders when making a long trip, but also for cutting someone’s head there was a particular symbol. The headhunters protected the rest of the tribe that lived in trees. They themselves lived on the ground and by the looks of their tattoos you could see what they did and what they have been through. Typical for this style are images of scorpions, flowers, dogs, dragons and spirals.

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Tattoos by Captain Bret

Captain Bret

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Only god can judge me


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Old English Letter Stomach Tattoo

   Large Old English Letter Style Name On Back Tattoo

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Old English Tattoo


"All or Nothing" Tattoo script

Smile Now   $   Cry Later   Tattoo

"cool Tattoo quote"

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Tribal Rose

Tattoos by Captain Bret

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Only god can judge me

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Old English Letter Stomach Tattoo

   Large Old English Letter Style Name On Back Tattoo

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We do ALL Tattoo styles, NOT JUST Tribal & Celtic



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So many custom Tattoo design at our shop - It will bust your brain box

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We do ALL Tattoo styles, NOT JUST Tribal & Celtic

Captain Bret's Tattoo Shop - 2 Collins St.   Newport,  Rhode  Island 

Next door to Newport Police Department  


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Celtic Tattoo Photos           Tribal Tattoo Photos

Miscellaneous Tattoo Photographs


The Book of Kells   (Pagan Celt   Viking  &  Pict  Influence  on  Art)

Celtic   Tattoo   History   Page  #1      Page  #2      Page  #3

Tribal Tattoo History  Page #1      Page #2      Page #3

Celtic Mythology  Page #1     Page #2     Page #3

Tree of Life      Designs   and   History



A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community

Body  Parts  (Or  Modern  Mutations)

Current   Tattoo   Trends

How Tattoos Work


Directions     Hours     Discount     Coupon     F.A.Q.s

Pictures of Tattoo Shop & All our Tattoo Designs

Tattoo Care Instructions

Design Service

These designs, pictures, Photographs, JPG,s,Gifs, files, logos, Tattoos, images, content are used exclusively by Captain Bret's Tattoo Shop Inc. and represents our company, they are our intellectual property 1981 All rights reserved. 

All designs and images/content/compilation herein are Copyright 1981.  Trade Mark-Service Mark protections exist. Said Copyright, Copyrights, Service Marks, Trade Marks may be filed, owned, by all, some, or individually by the following,  Bret A. Lohnes, Captain Bret's Tattoo Shop Inc. and www.tribal-celtic-tattoo.com
copyright 1981