When we talk about the common tattoo designs of the whole world, it will be a mistake if we don’t mention the name of Pacific tattoos. It is not only one of the most common tattoo designs all over the world but also due to its variations and creativity it is always the first choice of tattoo designers. It has origins throughout the world including the whole Europe. The most interesting part is that Hawaiian tattoo and Moko tattoos are also regarded as a part of these Pacific themed tattoos. You will know various amazing facts about the pacific tattoos and its origin throughout the article.
According to the history, the main source of pacific tattoos is the pacific body arts. It is said that Pacific body art always influenced the European body art. So we can easily come to the conclusion that Pacific arts always influenced the western art culture. Tattooing being a part of that western body art got influenced with it. Pacific tattoos also influenced Polynesian tattoos as well. And all these being an ancient tribal tattoo styles became very popular all over the world. Still now tribal tattoo is widely popular around the world.
This type of Polynesian and Pacific body art types were found in New Zealand, Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesian Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, The Cook Island, and Easter Island etc. The Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia is also included in this area. Actually Polynesia is a group of almost thousand islands located in the Pacific Ocean. Body art and tattooing is a very common profession in these parts and is still practiced today. Amazingly each and every island has its own design variations and they are very unique and distinct.
Now if you think about the symbolic meanings of such tattoos, then we must tell that the pacific body arts have a deep symbolic meaning in them. During the ancient time this body arts were made by giving certain marks of their journey through life. Again to the Polynesians, body art is sacred and holy ritual. Once they reach t the age of 12, they start making tattoos on their body. And these specific tattoo marks defines the way of becoming a man from a young boy. Also these tattoos are used as ranks in the tribes. The more tattoo you will have in your body, the more you will be honored in the society. But women don’t get tattoos all over their body instead of few parts like arms, chin, hand and lips.
Polynesian and Pacific tattoos are classified into two types. One is ‘Etva’ which means that the tattoo has a strong spiritual meaning and religious purposes attached to it and another is ‘Enata’ which means a lot of natural influence attached to it. Now these tattoos are also seen in two different styles one is Hawaiian style and the other is Moko Style. Hawaiian styles are mostly black and white tattoos with ancient tribal influences. It mainly consisted of various pacific symbols and elements. While the Moko style mainly were created to attract women and gather a high ranking in the society at that time. Mainly these Moko styles were done on the head as it is a part of Maori tattoos.
But still if you are looking for a really creative tattoo on your body, go for a pacific tattoo this season. Actually there are lot of variety of designs and styles which you can prefer for your tattoo. Consult with a professional tattoo artist for a good advice regarding the best design that will suit you. The most important part is that the subject is so wide that you will have to study a lot about it. Look for some amazing pacific tattoo ideas below.