I so love the graphics, the artistry of these tattoos, I thought I would share this previously published post with you again. Get inked!
On a recent trip to Hawaii, I fell in love with Polynesian tattoos. Several times, I stopped the wearer to discuss their point of origin, and their meanings. The response was always a 'spiritual' one. Most referenced their connection to the earth, family, the sea. And of course, heritage.
Many would not not allow me to photograph them, out of respect for the gods. I understood. However I returned home still aching to see more of them. I am thrilled to have found several on Maori's Polynesian Tattoo site. They are a true art and 'arm form'. Though you will find they adorn calves anc backs as well. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do...
The Rock’s large tattoo above is a traditional Samoan tattoo, done by an artist in Hawaii. It incorporates traditional tribal patterns and symbols representing Johnson’s life history, his family and their spirit guides. This extensive half sleeve wraps all the way around the upper arm, over the shoulder and onto the chest. It was at a later stage that he had the tattoo
Traditionally, Samoan tattooing is done by an artist attended by several assistants who handle the tools, hold the person down and stretch the
skin then struck with the other tool to puncture the skin.
Johnson has never said whether his tattoo was done using these traditional tools, but he spoke in a Playboy interview of the three sessions and sixty hours it took to execute the freestyle tattoo. No stencils or prior skin markings were used, the artist created this image totally freehand.
Samoan Polynesian Half Sleeve
Rotuman Shoulder Tattoo
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