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Pacific Island Tattoos; Moko Style and Hawaiian Tattoos; Tattoo Ideas, History, Tattoo Meanings Men And Women

Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.

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Pacific Island Tattoos And Associations




Pacific Island tattoo designs have origins throughout the world, including Europe. Pacific tattoo designs, Hawaiian tattoo designs, and Moko tattoos all are associated to the Pacific theme. History tells us that Pacific body art also influenced European body art as well. Early explorations of the Pacific Islands influenced Western art and tattooing. It also influenced Polynesian tattooing as well. Polynesian tattooing was viewed as being honorable and justified. There is no doubt that Polynesian and Pacific tattooing influenced this art in Europe. This art is found in the Marquesian Islands, New Zealand, Hawaii, Samoa, The Cook Islands, French Polynesian, Tahiti, Easter Island, and Tonga. The Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia are also included in this area. Polynesian tattoos and Pacific tattoos all transpired from earlier tattooing methods from the Pacific. All of these tattooing styles could be classified as tribal tattoos.









Polynesia is a group of a thousand islands that are located in the Pacific Ocean. Body art and tribal tattooing were a way of life in the past and it is still practiced today in many areas of this location. Each island and location uses their own distinct designs and patterns when it comes to tattoos. Pacific tattoos and Polynesian tattoos have become very popular today and both have inspired many tattoo designs seen today.






When we look at the history of Polynesian body art and tattoos, we see that their tattoos and body art had deep symbolic meaning. They were given certain tattoos to mark their journey through life. To the Polynesians, body art and tattooing are sacred rituals. Once a young man entered his 12th year of life, he would be able to begin getting tattoos. Specific marks defined his travel from being a young boy to becoming a man. With each achievement that is made, the person would received more tattooing. These tattoos would mark your rank in the tribe. The more tattoos you would have, the more respect you would have in the tribe. These same tattooing rituals have inspired Pacific tattoo designs and Polynesian tattoo designs seen today.









Women were also subject to tattoos in these Polynesian tribes. The only difference between men and women was that the women did not get tattoos all over their body. They received tattoos on their arms, lips, hands, chin, and arms. Most of the tattoos that were done at this age in time were simple designs, but these tattoos had deep cultural significance to their tribes. Today, in retrospect of modern day tattoos, not many women get Pacific tattoos, Polynesian tattoos, or tribal tattoos in general. However, in these same locations, women still wear the Pacific tattoo proudly.










When it comes to Polynesian tattoo styles or Pacific tattoo styles, there are mainly just two. They are called Etva and Enata. Etva is a style that has a strong spiritual meaning and religious purpose assigned to it. Magical symbols are used and associated with this style. It is said that these symbols offer protection from the Gods. The Enata style has more natural design attached ot it. These tattoo designs mark a person's social identity, origin of birth (specific island), work or occupation, and their specific path in history. Most Polynesian tattoos are sacred and honorary to all tribe members. At this age and time, the Pacific style doesn't hold such importance as it did in the past, however, within some tribes it still does.

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POLYNESIAN TATTOO MEANINGS

  • GECKO- Geckos are believed to hold supernatural powers. It was thought to bring back luck and bad omen. It was feared by most Polynesians. It is said to bring on illness.
  • SHARK/SHARK TEETH- These types are common in the Pacific. It is said to hold powerful and sacred meaning. It symbolizes protection, protection against enemies.
  • TURTLES- Turtles are common creatures to the Pacific. They are also well known for their life span also. The turtle symbolizes fertility and a long life, healthy.
  • SHELLS- Sea shells are also common to the Pacific. It symbolizes chance. It also is thought to be a form of payment in the past among Polynesians. It symbols prosperity and wealth.
  • TIKI- It originates from Tiki art and the Tiki Gods. This art is in the form of a carved human or statue. The Tiki is a mythical creature among the Polynesian. Tiki tattoo designs are a popular choice for Hawaiians.





MOKO STYLE

The Moko Style was part of the Maori Tribe. They believed that the head was the most sacred part of the body. All Maori that were highly ranked had tattoos. Tattooing was part of rituals for the Maori. Important events during a person's life can be tattooed on a tribe member's face. the more ink that is wore, the higher the rank. They were also believed to attract women as well. Maori tattoo designs have inspired a variety of different tattooing styles for centuries.

The Maori would use a bone chisel with a sharp straight edge. Deep cuts were made and then a chisel was dipped into a soot pigment. It was then tapped into the tattoo was eventually done. This was an extremely painful and long process for anyone to go through. These tattoos would be planned out prior to the event, such as it is usually done today. Women of the Maori were not subject to the extreme tattooing as men were, but they did get tattoos as well. The lips, nostrils, and chin were common areas for women to be marked.




HAWAIIAN STYLES

Ancient Hawaiians also tattooed their bodies just like Polynesian groups did. Both men and women were tattooed with black ink that often covered most of their body. Native warriors and tribes were among them. Hawaiian tattoo designs can include Pacific symbols and elements.

Most Hawaiian tattooes today feature a wide variety of colors, although traditional tattooes with black ink can be found and are not uncommon. They also feature a wide variety of Polynesian styles and designs. Today, these tattoos are very colorful. Hawaiian flowers, Pacific flowers, Tiki designs, tribal designs, and landscapes are all popular designs.You can also find volcano designs and rain/fire designs. In Hawaii, the Tiki design is popular. It is also popular among all Pacific tattoos. In Hawaii, Kakau means tattoo. "Mana" is spiritual nature.

MORE TATTOO SYMBOLS, DESIGNS, IDEAS, AND MEANINGS

  • ANCHOR TATTOOS
    Anchor Tattoo Designs, Anchor Tattoo Meanings, Anchor Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • ANGEL TATTOOS
    Angel Tattoo Designs, Angel Tattoo Meanings, Angel Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • BALD EAGLE TATTOOS
    Bald Eagle Tattoo Designs, Bald Eagle Tattoo Meanings, Bald Eagle Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • BARBED WIRE TATTOOS
    Barbed Wire Tattoo Designs, Barbed Wire Tattoo Meanings, Barbed Wire Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • BEAR TATTOOS
    Bear Tattoo Designs, Bear Tattoo Meanings, Bear Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • BULL TATTOOS
    Bull Tattoo Designs, Bull Tattoo Meanings, Bull Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • BUTTERFLY TATTOOS
    Butterfly Tattoo Designs, Butterfly Tattoo Meanings, Butterfly Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • BUTTERFLY ANKLE TATTOOS
    Butterfly Ankle Tattoos, Butterfly Ankle Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • CELTIC TATTOOS
    Celtic Tattoo Designs, Celtic Tattoo Meanings, Celtic Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • CELTIC KNOTWORK AND TREE OF LIFE TATTOOS
    Celtic Knotwork Tattoo Designs, Tree Of Life Tattoo Designs, Celtic Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • CELTIC CROSS TATTOOS
    Celtic Cross Tattoo Designs, Celtic Cross Tattoo Meanings, Celtic Cross Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • CHAIN TATTOOS
    Chain Tattoo Designs, Chain Tattoo Meanings, Chain Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • CHERRY TATTOOS
    Cherry Tattoo Designs, Cherry Tattoo Meanings, Cherry Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • CHERRY BLOSSOM TATTOOS
    Cherry Blossom Tattoo Designs, Cherry Blossom Tattoo Meanings, Cherry Blossom Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • CLOVER TATTOOS
    Clover Tattoo Designs, Clover Tattoo Meanings, Clover Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • COMPASS TATTOOS
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  • CONFEDERATE TATTOOS
    Confederate Tattoo Designs, Confederate Tattoo Meanings, Confederate Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • CROSS AND RELIGIOUS TATTOOS
    Cross Tattoo Designs, Religious Tattoo Designs, Cross And Religious Tattoo Meanings, Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • CROWN TATTOOS
    Crown Tattoo Designs, Crown Tattoo Meanings, Crown Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • DAISY TATTOOS
    Daisy Tattoo Designs, Daisy Tattoo Meanings, Daisy Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • DIAMOND TATTOOS
    Diamond Tattoo Designs, Diamond Tattoo Meanings, Diamond Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • DOLPHIN TATTOOS
    Dolphin Tattoo Designs, Dolphin Tattoo Meanings, Dolphin Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • DOVE TATTOOS
    Dove Tattoo Designs, Dove Tattoo Meanings, Dove Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • DRAGON TATTOOS
    Dragon Tattoos, Dragon Tattoo Meanings, Dragon Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • DRAGONFLY TATTOOS
    Dragonfly Tattoo Designs, Dragonfly Tattoo Meanings, Dragonfly Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • DREAMCATCHER TATTOOS
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  • EAGLE TATTOOS
    Eagle Tattoo Designs, Eagle Tattoo Meanings, Eagle Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • FAIRY TATTOOS
    Fairy Tattoo Designs, Fairy Tattoo Designs, Fairy Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • FEATHER TATTOOS
    Feather Tattoo Designs, Feather Tattoo Meanings, Feather Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • FLAME TATTOOS
    Flame Tattoo Designs, Flame Tattoo Meanings, Flame Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • FLOWER TATTOOS
    Flower Tattoo Designs, Flower Tattoo Meanings, Flower Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • FROG TATTOOS
    Frog Tattoo Designs, Frog Tattoo Meanings, Frog Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • GEISHA TATTOOS
    Geisha Tattoo Designs, Geisha Tattoo Meanings, Geisha Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • GOTHIC TATTOOS
    Gothic Tattoo Designs, Gothic Tattoo Meanings, Gothic Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoos Pictures
  • GRIM REAPER TATTOOS
    Grim Reaper Tattoo Designs, Grim Reaper Tattoo Meanings, Grim Reaper Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • HAWAIIAN TATTOOS
    Hawaiian Tattoo Designs, Hawaiian Tattoo Meanings, Hawaiian Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • HEART TATTOOS
    Heart Tattoo Designs, Heart Tattoo Meanings, Heart Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • HUMMINGBIRD TATTOOS
    Hummingbird Tattoo Designs, Hummingbird Tattoo Meanings, Hummingbird Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • INDIAN FEATHER TATTOOS
    Indian Feather Tattoo Designs, Indian Feather Tattoo Meanings, Indian Feather Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • KOI TATTOOS
    Koi Tattoo Designs, Koi Tattoo Meanings, Koi Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • LADYBUG TATTOOS
    Ladybug Tattoo Designs, Ladybug Tattoo Meanings, Ladybug Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • LION TATTOOS
    Lion Tattoo Designs, Lion Tattoo Meanings, Lion Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • LOTUS TATTOOS
    Lotus Tattoo Designs, Lotus Tattoo Meanings, Lotus Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • MAORI TATTOOS
    Maori Tattoos Designs, Maori Tattoo Meanings, Maori Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • MICHAEL JACKSON TATTOOS
    Michael Jackson Tattoo Designs, Michael Jackson Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • MOON TATTOOS
    Moon Tattoo Designs, Moon Tattoo Meanings, Moon Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • NAUTICAL STAR TATTOOS
    Nautical Star Tattoo Designs, Nautical Star Tattoo Meanings, Nautical Star Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • ORCHID TATTOOS
    Orchid Tattoo Designs, Orchid Tattoo Meanings, Orchid Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • PHOENIX TATTOOS
    Phoenix Tattoo Designs, Phoenix Tattoo Meanings, Phoenix Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • PIT BULL TATTOOS
    Pit Bull Tattoo Designs, Pit Bull Tattoo Meanings, Pit Bull Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • ROSE TATTOOS
    Rose Tattoo Designs, Rose Tattoo Meanings, Rose Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • SCORPION TATTOOS
    Scorpion Tattoo Designs, Scorpion Tattoo Meanings, Scorpion Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • SHARK TATTOOS
    Shark Tattoo Designs, Shark Tattoo Meanings, Shark Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • SIBERIAN HUSKY TATTOOS
    Siberian Husky Tattoo Designs, Husky Tattoo Meanings, Husky Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • SKULL TATTOOS
    Skull Tattoo Designs, Skull Tattoo Meanings, Skull Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • SNAKE TATTOOS
    Snake Tattoo Designs, Snake Tattoo Meanings, Snake Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • SPIDER TATTOOS
    Spider Tattoo Designs, Spider Tattoo Meanings, Spider Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • STAR TATTOOS
    Star Tattoo Designs, Star Tattoo Meanings, Star Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • STEELER TATTOOS
    Steeler Tattoo Designs, Steeler Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • SUN TATTOOS
    Sun Tattoo Designs, Sun Tattoo Meanings, Sun Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • SWAN TATTOOS
    Swan Tattoo Designs, Swan Tattoo Meanings, Swan Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • SWALLOW TATTOOS
    Swallow Tattoo Designs, Swallow Tattoo Meanings, Swallow Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • SWORD TATTOOS
    Sword Tattoo Designs, Sword Tattoo Meanings, Sword Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • TIGER TATTOOS
    Tiger Tattoo Designs, Tiger Tattoo Meanings, Tiger Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • TRIBAL TATTOOS
    Tribal Tattoo Designs, Tribal Tattoo Meanings, Tribal Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • TRIBAL ARM TATTOOS
    Tribal Arm Tattoo Designs, Tribal Arm Band Tattoos, Tribal Arm Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • TRIBAL TATTOOS FOR WOMEN
    Tribal Tattoo Designs For Women, Tribal Tattoo Ideas For Women, And Tattoo Pictures
  • TURTLE TATTOOS
    Turtle Tattoo Designs, Turtle Tattoo Meanings, Turtle Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • UNICORN TATTOOS
    Unicorn Tattoo Designs, Unicorn Tattoo Meanings, Unicorn Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • WATER TATTOOS
    Water Tattoo Designs, Water Tattoo Meanings, Water Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • WING TATTOOS
    Wing Tattoo Designs, Wing Tattoo Meanings, Wing Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • WOLF TATTOOS
    Wolf Tattoo Designs, Wolf Tattoo Meanings, Wolf Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • YIN YANG TATTOOS
    Yin Yang Tattoo Designs, Yin Yang Tattoo Meanings, Yin Yang Tattoo Ideas, And Tattoo Pictures
  • ZODIAC TATTOOS
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Comments

Olivia on June 27, 2018:

Someone tell me the meaning of the second picture plzzz

Brittany Kussman from St. Louis, MO on March 01, 2014:

Very informative! I enjoyed reading about the different tribal tattoos and how sacred they were to each tribe. It's interesting to see where the birth of tattoos came from and to look now at what they have become. Great hub!

jawsky on March 21, 2013:

if ART is a crime may God forgive me......good jobbb...

Marija on February 21, 2013:

wow, no word, this is super... :)

Laura on February 16, 2013:

Really helpful information, this tattoo culture is beautiful.

P.s- Spelling error second paragraph: "Polynesia is a group of a thousand --idlands-- that are located in the..."

Nathaneal Mirasol from Kota Kinabalu on December 17, 2012:

I am more into tribal tattoos and you have written a nice hub about tattoos, have you looked into Borneo tattoos?

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on January 03, 2012:

Alocsin, thanks for coming by and for the vote and comment. They are able, but in order for them to be traditional, they have to be solid black. Doesn't mean that you couldn't get a traditional design in color though.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 31, 2011:

Some very impressive tattoos. Are they able to create colored tattoos in the traditional style? Or do they have to switch to modern methods for that? Voting this Up and Beautiful.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on December 10, 2011:

Femme, thanks for coming by and for the comment my dear. I am glad you enjoyed this article and I appreciate the praise my dear. LOL, it looks worse then it really is:)

femmeflashpoint on December 08, 2011:

Lyric - impressive!!!

I loved the information, the photos and the vid you included was GREAT!!

I cringed the whole time I watched it, and kept thinking it looked intriguing, but ... dang!!! OUCH!!!

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 27, 2011:

Ana, thanks for coming by and for your time. This group of tattoos are a great grouping to show the true Pacific Island design and styles. Best wishes.

Ana Teixeira from Oporto, Porto, Portugal on November 26, 2011:

those are some incredible tattoos.... really beautiful.. true works of art

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 26, 2011:

Credence2, thanks for coming by and adding to the hub. Yes, tattooing is highly seeked and thought of in Hawaii and these tattoos really mean a lot to the Natives there. It has deep spiritual and cultural meaning.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 26, 2011:

Donna, thank you so much for coming by and I appreciate your time, votes, and comment. Your absoluetly right. When you pay close attention to the tattoo and the design, this is art on the body, true body art. Tattoo artist really do deserve credit for their astonishing work. Great point and interesting Donna.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 26, 2011:

Gypsy, thanks for coming by and for your comment my friend. I hope all is well. Take care and I will see you soon.

Credence2 from Florida (Space Coast) on November 25, 2011:

Thanks for the education. Living in Hawaii, I now I have a little better understnding of what is behind all the "illustrated men and women" around here. Great photography and narrative, TLW!

Cred2

Donna Cosmato from USA on November 25, 2011:

Wow, these should be displayed in an art museum! When I had my fashion business, I often hired folks to be "living billboards" and these folks could certainly qualify for "living art displays." I really had no idea of the depth and breadth of what a tattoo "artist" could create until I started reading your hubs. I agree with you that these artisans do not get the recognition that they deserve as these are truly beautiful art forms. I voted this up and shared it with my niece who is tattoo crazy :)

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 25, 2011:

Love those tattoos. Whatever happened to the hula girl tattoo? You know the ones you see on those big guys bellies which looks like she's dancing when they walk.

f on November 24, 2011:

To thelyricwriter: 'F, thanks for coming by and I appreciate your visits. You are absolutely right. I have 4 of them now. If I can ever get a camera, I hope to post what I have done and a few great tats I have seen. Appreciate you and take care. Thanks for your expertise as well.' Yes, I have read various of them. Often what makes a hubpage striking is the combination of informative commentary and clear, memorable photos. Which of course with your subject matter for a number of them being tattoos, it makes for expressive potential.

To Hyphenbird: "Hi f. They really do interest me. Sine they are permanent, I like to know why people choose the ones they do. The art of them also is beautiful. Those designers are under recongized in the art world." I guess it's in two aspects: being really interested as an observer, and then being really interested as a participant; and the transition from one to the other can be quite a potent milestone for some ppl.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 23, 2011:

Thanks for coming by Mary and for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed the pics. Hope everything is good friend. I shall see you soon and take care.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 23, 2011:

HBN, thanks for coming by and hope all is well. I really like this style, especially the Hawaiian style. Thanks for coming by and catch you later.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 23, 2011:

F, thanks for coming by and I appreciate your visits. You are absolutely right. I have 4 of them now. If I can ever get a camera, I hope to post what I have done and a few great tats I have seen. Appreciate you and take care. Thanks for your expertise as well.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 23, 2011:

Hyphenbird, thanks for coming by and for the comment. I always appreciate your visits. I do have some, 3 actually. Before I chose my design, I studied all the different styles. I have a tribal band around my wrist. I have a lion that stands for "strength". I also have a rose and cross with my kids names and my wife and I. I am a great writer and I have been practicing tattooing lately. Just keeping my options open. I appreciate you asking though.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 23, 2011:

MM, thank you so much for coming by and commenting on this article. As always, I appreciate your time, comment, and votes my dear. Talk to you later.

Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on November 23, 2011:

Learntolive, thanks again for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving. It is official, well, here in WV. Thanks for everything.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 23, 2011:

Wow! You really had to do a lot of research in order to write this Hub. You have some beautiful photos here. I voted it UP, etc.etc. Good Hub!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on November 23, 2011:

Great hub with a lot of fascinating facts and photos. It's interesting that it was so engrained into the Polynesian tribe cultures and was also used as a recognition of status.

I liked the lady's aloha foot tatto the best.

Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 23, 2011:

Hi f. They really do interest me. Sine they are permanent, I like to know why people choose the ones they do. The art of them also is beautiful. Those designers are under recongized in the art world.

f on November 23, 2011:

thelyricwriter:

Voted up. Interesting hub; I think on these hubs you've already done quite a few of them on tattoos, and their various designs, right.

Hyphenbird: Tattoos seem to be a subject that really interests you, too, I think, from your various comments.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on November 23, 2011:

Wow, these are creations of art. That second one is magnificent and I would love to see it in person. So tell us lyric, how many tattoos do you have and what kind are they? Your must be so cool with your knowledge of the art.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on November 23, 2011:

Fascinating history on these tattoos Ricky, they certainly are works of art.

Another great interesting hub, voting up, useful and interesting, best wishes MM

learntolive on November 23, 2011:

Again, great hub. Very informative! Voted up :)

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