Samoan tattoo is another popular style from Polynesian tattoo designs. Samoa is a part of Polynesia, they have much in common yet by taking a closer look you will definitely see differences in culture. As we are talking about tribal tattoos, Samoan tattoo do looks like the other Polynesian tattoos but the tines details of tattoo are totally different. We are presenting you some of the best examples of Samoan tattoos and the symbolism they carry.
Just like all the tribes in Polynesia, Samoans used to get bodies tattooed as a part of their culture. They used to ink body with turtle shell or bone and it was pretty painful. Today there are still tattoo artists that use the traditional method still not everyone is ready to take the pain.
For Samoans getting tattooed meant gaining status in society. For boys tattoo meant adulthood. This is the reason why Samoan men’s tattoos covered the whole body while women wore small tattoos.
Samoan tattoo is a combination of thick and thin lines that create perfection both geometrically and visually. For the one who knows nothing about tribal tattoos will think Samoan tattoo is just a combination of lines, yet every detail has its symbol. Thus, if one of the symbols like turtle is dominating the tattoo gets the meaning of turtle.
Samoan tattoos have different meaning but they are mostly done to protect from evil. For women tribal tattoo is a symbol of family, fertility and life. For men Samoan tattoo symbolizes power and masculinity.
Men Samoan tattoos are inked mostly on shoulders and arms. Sometimes they cover the whole back and chest for more impressive look. Like other Polynesian tattoos Samoan tattoo can be inked on face and neck.