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Haeremai. Here you will find information on the shops,
what we´re about and what we have to offer. Take your time and
check us out. Any questions or comments please
We DO NOT design any Polynesian tattoos
and send them out. We can only suggest to look for Tattoo Conventions
in the area and then to find out if there will be any Polynesians attending.
WHAT WE OFFER...
are specialised in Tahitian Tribal Ethnic and Maori, however we also
offer an extensive range of Colour and Shadow work from Japanese and
Asiatic to Old School Tattoos. Last but not least we are big Tribal
Modern fans. We also offer Body Piercing. Here at Tahiti Tiki Tattoo
we follow strict sterilisation procedures and are adequately equipped
with the necessary sterilization equipment required before tattooing
and piercing, a must for all Tattoo Studios. For more details
see our Hygiene
Tattoo was opened in 1995 after a mission from Tahiti to explain and
share with the European Tattoo World the true Tahitian Tattoo. A major
point was to also explain the symbols which shouldn't be used; Tatau
Tapu (family symbols, sacred tattoos), and the like, which were
readily available from Tahitian photos. The copying of such symbols
was a strong factor in the partaking of the mission. These, being seen
via Tattoo magazines was causing concern among some Tahitians and Polynesians
Sunset (Moorea lagoon
the god of Tatau is considered as the creator of the Tahitian
symbols and the colour of the fish.One
Polynesian legend goes to explain that two gods Mata Mata Arahu
and Tura`i, to seduce Hina the goddess of the moon, tattooed
their bodies with beautiful blue symbols. For sure Hina was seduced
and from that time on Polynesians decided to copy these two clever gods.It
is and has always been an important part of the Tahitian culture to
be tattooed. By decorating their bodies with special symbols they were
traditionally covering both;
- Representing themselves, the native people, things of the Earth.
These symbols would explain their life history, social level, work
and activities, daily protection, fertility, for seduction, where
they were from... A fisherman for example could have symbols protecting
him from sharks, or a warrior against his enemies.
- Representing the Mystic; past Ancestors, Chiefs and Shamans,
and the Gods. These symbols were used to honour and to be close
to the Gods, and protection against losing Mana, (interior
life force, source of power). Mana was both inherited from
ancestors and a part of the person himself, therefore accumulating
as it was passed from generation to generation. The Tahitian goal
was to accumulate as much Mana as possible during his lifetime
and keep it for his descendants.
colonization of Tahiti and the prohibition of Tattoo many of the traditional
symbols and their use were sadly lost. Tattooing was done in secret
but was revived again in 1984. Now in modern Tahiti the deep traditional
meanings are used only by a few, and sacred symbols kept by royal families
or shamans. The more popular symbols in use today represent the person
or what the person wants to represent.
Paulo Suluape (Samoa)
method of tattooing; Te Patu Tiki however, only
done by Polynesians in Polynesia (or maybe at a convention if you´re
lucky), took a new beginning in 1995 and was shown around Europe by
Paulo Suluape, the Samoan Tattoo Master. Now in all Polynesia you
can find Traditional Tattooists.
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