Tribal Hawaiian tattoo holds a special place among Polynesian people. Those who have seen the hit Disney movie Moana understand that how much the Polynesian people give importance to their tattoos. Among the vast variety of tattoo cultures in the Pacific, the Hawaiians are the most popular designs.
The traditional tattoo art from the Hawaii islands saw mainstream exposure in the late 70s and ever since then it is only expanding globally. The symbols from the Hawaiian culture sit perfectly well on the skin and these designs also have deep cultural meanings that make them even more popular choice.
The most popular Hawaiian designs are –
Gecko – This extremely beautiful lizard species is native to the pacific islands. Like all other Polynesians’ designs, the gecko is considered to be sacred and pure. The aboriginals of Hawaiian island used this symbol to ward off evil spirits.
Turtle – Turtle can live on both land and water. Therefore it symbolizes struggle and also long lie.
Tiki – He is considered the first Human being. The tattoo symbolizes that you can smell danger from far away due to your strong senses.
Shark – This tattoo symbolize danger, power and storm.
Shell – This tattoo was usually tried by the head of the tribe only. It represents unlimited wealth.
Orchids – The flowers represent love and sacred beauty.
Hawaiian Hibiscus – This tattoo has deep meaning. It represents that life is short so one should live it fully.
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