Richard Hale is a tattoo enthusiast who studies and researches tattoo symbolism, meanings, and history.
WHAT IS A TIKI?
One popular Polynesian and Hawaiian tattoo is the tiki tattoo. Tiki tattoos originate from tiki art. Tiki art consist of carvings and statues of a human figure called a "tiki." In Polynesian mythology, the tiki is believed to be the first human. The tiki was also considered to be an ancestor of humans. Tiki tattoos can be worn by both men and women. If you are looking for a tiki tattoo design, you have came to the first place. Make sure you take the time to view all the tiki statue tattoos in this article. This will help you get familiar with what is available, plus you can pick up some great ideas and inspiration.
As you can see, tiki tattoos can be quite colorful, mysterious, and sometimes evil looking. Although most tiki tattoos portray the tiki statue with eyes, they are commonly known to have their eyes closed. These are the most powerful form of the tiki. They are able to use their sense of smell and sense trouble before it comes.
POPULAR TIKI GODS
Since tiki statues represent the embodiment of a god, some tiki tattoos are of a certain god. In such cases, there are certain features that one god may have over another. If you are wanting a tiki tattoo of a certain tiki god, I would advise you to do research on Polynesian tiki mythology.
For those of you that are looking for specific tiki god tattoos, you may want to look at the popular Hawaiian tiki gods. Although there are many gods dipicted in Polynesian mythology, there are four that stand out in the Hawaiian culture. Ku, Kanaloa, Kane, and Lono are very popular in this culture. They can be chosen for a tiki tattoo if your interested in portraying a specific tiki god. Ku is the god of war. Kanaloa is the god of the sea. Lono is the god of fertility. Kane is the most powerful god in the Hawaiian culture. Kane is responsible for all that is created. Kane was the first tiki.
TIKI TATTOO DESIGNS
There are a variety of elements and symbols that can be designed with your tiki statue. To be honest, anything in the Polynesian and Hawaiian culture can be tattooed with tiki statues. If your interested in a Hawaiian tiki, you may want to have your tiki portrayed by a volcano. In such cases, the tiki may have the eyes of a red jewel and make have smoke coming from its mouth. Palm trees are commonly portrayed in tiki tattoos, as well as water.
If your interested in the tiki tattoo, make sure you take the time to view all the different images in this article. This is a great way to pick up ideas for your own tiki tattoo. Tiki tattoo designs may be done in Polynesian art or Hawaiian art. You can add Polynesian symbols as well as Hawaiian symbols. Some tiki tattoo designs portray the tiki with a skull or spear. Most tiki tattoos portray the tiki with an evil look. However, others may portray the tiki with a smile.
Before you get your tattoo, make sure this is really what you want. Take the time to research your tattoo and make sure you completely know what it represents. Remember, you are going to wear this tattoo for the rest of your life. Tiki tattoos can represent qualities of the tiki god that is portrayed. They can also represent your Polynesian or Hawaiian heritage.
maui on February 06, 2014:
Thanks, and I await your help
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on December 15, 2013:
Maui, that's a tough tattoo. I'll check my sources and see if I can add it to this Tiki tattoo article.
maui on November 16, 2013:
man, I'm looking for a tattoo tiki representing the demigod Maui because that's my name, but I'm not finding anything. Can you help me?
Richard Ricky Hale (author) from West Virginia on August 05, 2012:
Thank you all for your comments, votes, and time. I truly appreciate you all and will be seeing all of you soon. Thanks!
BeyondMax from Sydney, Australia on August 03, 2012:
Mysterious and so colorful! A little scary though =)
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 01, 2012:
Interesting history on Tiki Tattoos. Keep 'em coming..
Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 01, 2012:
Tikis have always frightened me a bit so I will say "Nice Job" at putting this Hub together and move on.
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 01, 2012:
Wow great designs and so colorful. Voted up and beautiful.
Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 01, 2012:
these are fantastic designs and Im going to plead ignorant because I didn't know what a tiki was.. I was thinking more of the bug repellants voted entertainging and useful as always my friend bless you big time!
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on August 01, 2012:
These designs are excellent but I don't know if I could take anyone who was wearing them seriously because they have a retro cartoon quality about them. Voting this Up and Beautiful.
Nell Rose from England on August 01, 2012:
The Tiki tattoos are gorgeous! so much color and variation. I looked at all of them, and I would have one of those any day! and I learned a new word, Tiki! lol! wonderful as always, nell
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 31, 2012:
My son actually has one of these; that means I almost have some knowledge about this hub, which is great growth on my part. LOL
Well-written and interesting my friend.
Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on July 31, 2012:
awesome designs, very well presented voted up.
lovedoctor926 on July 31, 2012:
These designs are really neat especially the tiki God tattoos. All of the hubs from this series are very well-written and presented. Voted up! I'm sure that you must get a lot of view regularly.