The Polynesian culture is an ancient one and the symbols used to portray it are distinguishable yet antique as well. When most think about this culture, they imagine a tropical setting full of ocean life, warmth, and even strength when contemplating the warriors who fought to defend this fascinating heritage.
When one receives a Polynesian tattoo, it is commonly placed on the chest and often down the one or both of the arms.
Though you can place these everywhere, it is fundamental to recognize the symbols and the deep meanings that they possess.
A common symbol within this art are shells, specifically turtle shells. Turtles themselves represent wellness, peace, a long life, and fertility. Turtle shells are often used as the main design of the piece and stand behind other symbols that are incorporated into the overall art. When the turtle shell is not used, simple seashells are as they symbolize protection, intimacy, and marriage.
Within these shells, a Marquesan cross is often placed, a cross that represents a balance of the elements and a natural harmony. To further complete patterns in these tattoos, the sun and ocean symbols are often used to depict the culture, leadership, and richness.