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5 Takeaways That I Learned About Tattoos

The Best Leather Tattoo Art

A tattoo is an art that expresses one’s individuality. The form of expression in the Polynesian culture is the use of tattoos as they are an indication of their status in their hierarchical society. Identities, genealogy, personalities and the rank in the society are the various types of status. Polynesians consider tattoos to be more than an art as they are quite spiritual to them. There tattoos are symbolic as one can see picture representation of humans, animals, birds and flowers. In addition geometric designs can be placed also as they have different meanings depending on the person being tattooed and their rank in the society. Despite having a tribal nature, Polynesian tattoos are not tribal tattoos.

Embracing of traditions and history is what Polynesians do through their tattoos. Representation of the elements of water, fire, earth and wind are the symbols of Polynesian tattoos. Peace and fertility is represented by the symbol of shells. Sea shells specifically represent protection and intimacy while turtle shells signifies peace and wellness. A shark teeth art is the other tattoo symbol that represents courage and power.

Showing of courage and power by Polynesians is done by getting a tattoo of a full set of shark teeth. Adaptability and bravery is shown by getting multiple rows of shark teeth that is represented as patterns of triangles. The power of the individual is represented by the spearhead tattoo symbol. Not only does the spearhead tattoo represent power but also courage and dominance.

The sun in most areas symbolizes rebirth while its rays signify brilliance, eternity, brilliance and leadership but in the Polynesian culture it signifies grandness and riches. The final destination or death is represented by the ocean in the Polynesian culture. However its also considered as their source of food alongside with fertility and homeland of the ancestors. After injecting the skin with a needle that is made from shark teeth, bird bone, turtle shell and bamboo its then added ink formulated from plant-based liquid. The plant based liquid that is ink formulated includes the following types candlenut oil, sugar cane juice and coconut milk.

Planning and cleaning, applying design to the leather and practicing tattooing with other items are the main processes involved in leather tattooing. The first process being planning and cleaning is followed through by a sub step which is determining the design. In determining the design an individual’s imagination is the limit however if starting out a simple line drawing will do.

The next sub step is to clean the surface of the leather by rubbing alcohol. The alcohol works by removing oils and grease from the leather while at the same time sterilizing it. Stencil gel is used to transfer the design to the surface of the leather when the design has already been outlined.

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