Polynesia is a wide area, with many archipelagos often separated by thousands of miles of ocean.

This promoted changes in the style of tattooing, with some traditions being more focused on embellishing the body, and others on scaring enemies.

In this video we'll see what are the specific traits of the five main styles, how to recognize each, and when to use them.

Key learning points:

  • Characteristics of Samoan, Marquesan, Hawaiian, Maori, and Tahitian tattoos

  • Main purposes of each style

Your Actions for Today:

  • Get familiar with the styles looking at the examples in the Handbook

  • Look at photos of Polynesian tattoos and identify their style with the help of the examples image