28 Ethnic Polynesian Tattoo Designs

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Polynesian culture didn’t have any script, so instead they used arty signs to express things. These artful signs in those times indicated person’s hierarchy, sexual maturity, genealogy and their rank within the society. The entire community in ancient Polynesia was tattooed. However, this art got banned with the missionaries settling in this region during the in the 1797. Then finally in early 1980s this art was once again revived with Polynesian tattoo designs gaining prominence. For the Polynesian people these tattoos are embodiment of their cultural heritage and identity.

Both, the tattoo enthusiasts and the tattooists are equally interested in this art. The intricate and finely detailed body art that is based on the Polynesian design is in rage all the time. Besides abstract symbols, people also like getting tiki, turtle, gecko, ray, shark and dolphins inked on their skin. One thing that distinguishes these designs from others is their sheer aesthetics. The patterns are mostly fuller in their layout. For those who like getting a tattoo for their symbolic significance this Polynesian art has a lot to offer. Each tattoo design found in the Polynesian genre has a deep meaning attached to it. Go through the designs given below and see how limitlessly creative they can get.

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A Bit Form Maori Customs

Maori designs like the one given below is quite significant for its culture.

 A Bit Form Maori Customs

A Bit Form Maori Customs

Half Sleeve And Chest

It’s kind of sexy to sport this pattern because it certainly describes a deep meaning.

 Half Sleeve And Chest

Half Sleeve And Chest

Extravagant

This design looks great with complex themes arranged as a beautiful neckpiece.

 Extravagant

Extravagant

Maori Style

Such refined detailing gets absolutely stunning when the final outcome is seen.

 Maori Style

Maori Style

Half Sleeve Tattoo

Many basic symbols can be combined to form a really complex meaning.

Half Sleeve Tattoo

Half Sleeve Tattoo

Done For The Full Arm

This is mostly a muscular design and symbol of strength and courage.

 Done For The Full Arm

Done For The Full Arm

The Slavic Viking Face

Polynesian tattoos are little intricate to design and can be blended with any culture.

 The Slavic Viking Face

The Slavic Viking Face

Spear Heads

The classic spear head is common to this style, symbolizing courage and war.

 Spear Heads

Spear Heads

Bold Look

The design gets much bolder with thickened outlines and equally detailed patterns.

Bold Look

Bold Look

Ornamental Charm

The ornamental half sleeve design for shoulder is complete in its layout and theme.

Ornamental Charm

Ornamental Charm

Stylish And Classy

The variety in the designs and pattern in this style can be very astonishing.

Stylish And Classy

Stylish And Classy

Shield

The complete shield design that bestows protection and security upon the wearer.

 Shield

Shield

Aesthetic

The design with floral patterns is quite feminine in its grace and appeal.

Aesthetic

Aesthetic

The Polynesian Shark

Polynesian shark offers protection and is respected for giving of strength and adaptability.

 The Polynesian Shark

The Polynesian Shark

Splendid

The magnificence of design, patterns and style is quite evident by this tattoo.

 Splendid

Splendid

Beauty of Maori Design

Maori tattoos designs are popular among people for their style and complexity.

 Beauty of Maori Design

Beauty of Maori Design0

Sharp Like A Spear

Sharp like a spear, such a design expresses courage, warrior spirit and confidence.

 Sharp Like A Spear

Sharp Like A Spear

Polynesian Turtle

The turtle symbolizes ability to withdraw from your surrounding any time you want.

Polynesian Turtle

Polynesian Turtle

Pattern For The Leg

Use of plain and bright colors for designing makes this tattoo very attractive.

Pattern For The Leg

Pattern For The Leg

Adorning The Chest

Clearly outlined arrangements and superbly detailed patterns look perfect on the chest.

 Adorning The Chest

Adorning The Chest

On Both Arms

These imposing tattoo designs can be done on both arms to make it trendier.

 On Both Arms

On Both Arms

The Half Body Style

Sporting such feisty patterns on half body defiantly add to your style.

Twenty

Twenty

Spiral

The design evokes a strange mysticism with patterns getting entwined into a spiral.

 Spiral

Spiral

Clear And Vibrant

It looks as if the design has been chiseled out with perfection to daze everyone.

Clear And Vibrant

Clear And Vibrant

Wisdom Of Centuries

Get turtle tattoo done if you believe in wisdom, perseverance, serenity and gentleness.

 Wisdom Of Centuries

Wisdom Of Centuries

Full Back

It is more of an imposing design showing strength, vigor and valor of the bearer.

Full Back

Full Back

Inked On The Leg

Showcase the beauty and diversity of designs available in Polynesian style tattoos.

Inked On The Leg

Inked On The Leg

Perseverant

Turtle in Polynesia signifies someone who never deters from hardships and is courageous.

Perseverant

Perseverant

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