Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Spear Heads

Picture showing Polynesian tattoo symbols of spear heads and its variations.

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 certain meanings. For example, one line of spear heads and one line of enatas upside down along its side can express the meaning of defeating enemies. Like the picture above, it has many variations with arrows repeating.

Below are some samples of the use of Spear Heads in Polynesian tattoo designs:

Picture showing a sample of spear heads used in a Polynesian tattoo design.

Picture 2 showing a sample of spear heads used in a Polynesian half sleeve tattoo.

Mobile cover showing a sample of spear heads used in a Polynesian tattoo design.


  1. Hi, anybody please help me.
    Actually i have been finding meanings of Maori & polynesian andi couldn’t really quite get it.
    1 – How people able to make a story with all this symbol into an art?
    2 – How am i able to combine them to tell a story of what i want and tattoo onto my body?
    3 – Is there other meaning if i combine all this symbol just to look nice?

    • Aloha Lance,
      So… to answer your questions these symbols are usually “sewn” together like a quilt to tell a story. Each symbol is used to tell the story of a persons life and the important events in their life. Like any tattoo they are usually added in a flowing pattern following your life events or the events of one endeavor. Most times when you are trying to tell your life story the tattoo starts at a center point as flows in a swirl pattern or is done in a circle with the outer most design representing the start of your life and the designs inside consist of your life story. The best way to get an idea of the tattoo that can encompass Polynesian tribal symbols is to meet with a tattoo artist who has studied Polynesian tattoo and discuss what you would like… most, like my artist, can sit with you, listen to your story(the story you want to tell in your tattoo) and they will design a tattoo based on your story, it will be something with great meaning and is personalized to you. It isn’t just something you do cause it looks good… you can actually tell the story of your life with each symbol… Hope this helps and good luck in your quest.

    • Adam Macatangay says:

      To tell stories with this art, the knowledge of the artist has to be fulfilled with many personal details and facts about ones life, family, where they’re from; etc. As you learn more and more about the meanings, you can put together your own flow and creation of tribal. Tribal is a story, to create a story you may have to do much research on the meanings and symbols and the way things work or just go to a pro artist. If on your own, combining and creating your own tribal could create something that has a different meaning. it all depends what you draw, but there are many meanings in this type of art and you should try to research it one day, its very interesting.

  2. Aaron Luick says:

    Okay, I just got my first tattoo and i do not know what some of these symbols that are on my arm represent. I see these certain symbols in many tattoos and I love the way the look but I am just curious on what they mean. If somebody could help me I would be extremely happy.