The Best Leather Tattoo Art
An art that express one’s individuality is defined as a tattoo. The form of expression in the Polynesian culture is the use of tattoos as they are an indication of their status in their hierarchical society. The Polynesian culture uses tattoos to describe their statuses and they include; identities, genealogy, personalities and the rank in the society. The spirituality of tattoos by Polynesians is the reason for consideration to be more than an art. There tattoos are symbolic as one can see picture representation of humans, animals, birds and flowers. In addition geometric designs can be placed also as they have different meanings depending on the person being tattooed and their rank in the society. Polynesian tattoos are not tribal tattoos even though they have a tribal nature.
Tattoos by Polynesians are treated with respect and honor as they embrace their traditions and history. Based on the elements of water, fire, earth and wind are the symbol representation of Polynesian tattoos. Peace and fertility is represented by the symbol of shells. Wellness and peace are symbolized using turtle shells while sea shells represents protection and intimacy. A shark teeth art is the other tattoo symbol that represents courage and power.
A full set of shark teeth is obtained by most Polynesian people as a way to show their courage and power. Patterns of triangle represent shark teeth and is done as multiple rows of shark teeth that show adaptability and bravery. Spearhead tattoo represents the power of the individual as the next tattoo symbol. Apart from representing power the spearhead tattoo symbol also represents courage and dominance.
The sun tattoo symbolizes grandness and riches as the sun itself mostly symbolizes rebirth while its rays signify brilliance, eternity, brilliance and leadership. Death to the Polynesian culture is represented by the ocean. Not only is the ocean considered as the final destination by the Polynesians but also their source of food alongside with fertility and homeland of the ancestors. Tattooing the Polynesian way involved use of needles that were made of shark teeth, bird bone, turtle shell and bamboo in which the skin is then added ink formulated from plant-based liquid. Candlenut oil, sugar cane juice and coconut milk are examples of ink formulated plant based liquid.
Leather tattoo art is done by following the various processes and they are planning and cleaning, applying design to the leather and practicing tattooing with other items. Determination of the design is the first sub step under planning and cleaning. An individual’s imagination is the limit when determining the design although if starting out a simple line drawing will do.
Cleaning the surface of the leather is done be rubbing alcohol as the next sub step. Not only does the alcohol remove oil and grease from the leather but also sterilizes the leather. When the design has been outlined on the leather a stencil gel is used to transfer the design to the surface of the leather.