Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings

If you have no idea about your next Polynesian tattoo, explore these articles of symbols and meanings and you'll definitely find some inspirations.

Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Tiki

Before talking about "tiki" symbols of Polynesian tattoo, please have a look at the tiki vector above. You must have seen these patterns everywhere, in paintings, designs, games, cards, etc. Yes, they are all tiki things. Tiki is human-like figure that represents Polynesian semi-gods, which … [Read more...]

Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Shells

In Polynesian tattoo designs, shells are very common in many designs, especially turtle shells. Turtle shell is a symbolization of turtle, which is a very important sea creature in all the cultures of Polynesian triangle. It has more meanings than other symbols. Some complex turtle designs could … [Read more...]

Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Marquesan Cross

Marquesan cross is another symbol which is quite popular and widely used in many Polynesian tattoo designs. It's often used to symbolize balance between elements and harmony. Its origin is unknown but some archeological study shows that it's connected to turtle shell. It's sometimes confused with … [Read more...]

Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Sun

In Polynesian tattoo designs, the sun often goes with other symbols to express specific meanings. Many rounded Polynesian tattoo designs include the sun's meanings. In Polynesian culture the sun often stands for riches, brilliance, grandness and leadership. The sun's periodic rising is regarded as … [Read more...]

Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Ocean

Ocean symbols are very common among Polynesian tattoo designs. They are usually used to not only express specific meanings but also fill some blank blocks in order to shape complete patterns. Polynesian people regard the ocean as their final destination where they go when passed away. So sometimes … [Read more...]

Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Fish – Shark Teeth

Shark teeth is another fish symbol which is very popular among Polynesian tattoo fans.  Nearly over 50% Polynesian tattoo designs have shark teeth symbols embedded in. It's also called "niho mano" in Polynesian language. Shark teeth usually represents shelter or coverage, guidance, power, ferocity, … [Read more...]

Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Lizard (or Gecko)

In Polynesian culture, lizards and geckos are regarded as a form of appearance of gods by people, with a name called moko (which is also the name of facial tattooing in Maori culture). It's a very important part in Polynesian beliefs. Because they are symbolization of Polynesian gods, and also … [Read more...]

Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Spear Heads

The Polynesian tattoo symbols of spear heads can be found in almost every Polynesian tattoo design. It's designed to express courage and fight. It's also used to represent warrior, sharp items, and sting of animals and rays. Spear heads are usually used in combination with other symbols to express … [Read more...]

Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Human Symbols – Enata

"Enata" is a typical motif in Polynesian tattoo designs to symbolize humans and gods. It originates from Marquesas language. It's commonly used for representing life experiences, birth, rank in society, etc. It can be also used by combination to represent relationships, such as marriage, family, … [Read more...]