Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Ocean

Sample showing the Polynesian ocean symbol and its variations.

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 the ocean is a symbol of death, or the world beyond. Besides, the ocean is also regarded as their source of food and can represent life, fertility and persistence. Ocean waves are used to symbolize the other world beyond too, which is a homeland where all ancestors live, where they’ll eventually be. The picture above shows its basic pattern and variations and a few application samples will listed below.

Polynesian tattoo design sample with lizards, shark teeth and ocean symbols.

Polynesian tattoo photo sample with ipu, ocean and turtle shells.

Polynesian tattoo photo sample with ocean symbols embedded in.

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