Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Sun

Sample showing the Polynesian sun symbol and its variations.

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 eternity, giving consistent source, which is similar with other cultures. The sun’s rising is connected to rebirth and the sunset does not symbolize death, but a passageway to the world beyond.

The meanings of Polynesian tattoo designs which include the sun can vary from design to design, according to the usage of symbols that constitute the sun’s edge. Rays with different symbols express associated meanings.

There are quite a lot of creative Polynesian sun designs from skillful tattoo artists, which are not limited to the form mentioned above. Some application samples of the sun symbol are listed below:

Polynesian Tattoo Design - Sun Sample

Polynesian tattoo photo sample with sun, tiki, enata and shell symbols.

Polynesian tattoo photo sample which shows an excellent sun design.



  1. Hello, I’m looking about a month polynesian designs and I really like this one: http://0.s3.envato.com/files/25807147/Polynesian_Illustration_12.jpg but I don’t now maybe it have some special meaning. Can you help me and write that exactly this tattoo means. Thanks