Perfect Tattoo Designs
Polynesian tattoos are an ancient art that has been receiving a lot of attention in modern times. Though few of us who are not from the Polynesian islands would be willing to undergo the painful and lengthy procedure that real Polynesian tattoos necessitate, we might well be attracted to elements of the traditional tribal designs and wish to incorporate them into our own tattoos – using modern methods (most of us anyway).
The people of the Polynesian islands have evolved their own distinct culture over hundreds, even thousands of years. Though there are many islands in this area, the people all came from a common homeland – though no one is exactly sure where this might have been, or when they came or how.
The Motives For Polynesian Tattoos
Here are some of the reasons the Polynesian people had tattoos:
- The tattoos were a symbol of courage. The tattoo process was very painful and a lot of perseverance was needed to endure the long tattoo sessions.
- Getting the first tattoo marks the transition between childhood and adulthood. It is a rite of passage.
- Tattoos added to the attractiveness of a man.
- Tattoos offered protection, they were a talisman.
- Polynesian tattoos read like a book. By looking at a tattoo, insiders get to know the social status and rank of the tattooed person.