A legendary land, full of nature, wildlife and traditions, Polynesia has captured the hearts of many travellers. Perhaps that is one of the reasons Polynesian tattoos are becoming more and more popular. But what is the difference between Polynesian and Maori?
“Polynesian tattoos” actually include designs from various cultures, including Maori. Polynesia is a geographical area of Oceania which takes in New Zealand (the Maori homeland), Hawaii and Easter Island; it is made up of islands and archipelagos and in fact the name itself means “many islands” and thus many lands, cultures and traditions, each with its own special characteristics.
Western tattooing has embraced these tribal cultures and reinterprets them in a melting pot, a mixture of influences and styles. And that’s not all.
In many tattoo studios, all over the world, there are artists who specialise in tribal tattoos.
This special edition features the best of Polynesian and Maori tattoos.
Here you’ll find tattoo designs for half sleeves, full sleeves, elbows, chests, lower backs, calves, feet and ankles and much more besides, with our suggestions for the best place to position your tattoo on your body.