Polynesian and Maori designs are becoming more and more popular requests at tattoo studios. The typical, geometric designs of this style, which emphasise the body’s natural curves and muscles, are based on the traditional tattoos of the Pacific Islands. In Polynesian and Maori culture, apart from being a way to decorate the body, tattoos encompass various patterns and meanings: every detail of the tattoo design can be read like an individual map, describing somebody’s life, experiences and social status. In the West, where this depth of expression is mostly unknown, we focus on the beauty of the tattoo itself.
Maori is the name of the Polynesian people who settled in New Zealand, an island state of Oceania located in the southern Pacific. Polynesia is a region of Oceania, which takes in more than a thousand small islands covering an area of the central and southern Pacific Ocean. Polynesia includes the islands of Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga, Samoa, the Marquesas Islands, Rapa Nui (or Easter Island) and many more, smaller islands.
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