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Worldwide Guide


Polynesian Tribal Tattoo
Worldwide Guide

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The wordwide polynesian tribal tattoo website. Tribal patterns and meanings (dictionary of symbols); Albums/photo galleries ; Custom made designs; Tattoo history in Polynesia; Directory of tribal tattooists from around the world (tattoo machines and traditional tools); Conventions, festivals, events and tattoo news. Tattoo video clips; Tribal Tattoo Forum; Online store: flashes, polynesian removable tattoos, stickers, books...

Dmitry Babakhin (Russia) and Sini Lifu (UK) win the Tatau Awards Oct-Nov. 2012

Meaning of Polynesian designs/patterns

The online dictionary of Polynesian tribal tattoo symbols

The online dictionary of Polynesian tattoo symbols is a practical guide to create your custom-made tattoo which will represent you.

The dictionary allows several types of searches :

- What does this design/pattern mean : tiki, shark, gecko, turtle, dolphin, manta ray, koru, etc.
- How to represent this aspect of my life (family, prosperity, fighting spirit, etc.) through Polynesian designs/patterns.

And much more! Read on...

A dictionary for translating…

A dictionary is also a bridge between two languages… And a tattoo, that’s a wordless language… When you enter the world of symbols, a new language opens up to you.

Understanding and using the symbols…

Some Polynesian tattooists have a very developed intuition and can help you choose your symbols. A tattoo always creates a relationship between the tattooist and the person being tattooed. The Polynesian tattooist always has his/her place in your creation.

Far from taking the artist’s role, to the contrary, the dictionary allows you to understand and enter this fascinating world… A tribal tattoo represents you and concentrates your creative energy to fulfill your destiny.

Years of reading at your fingertips

This guide is the result of 15 years of passion, of research, of reading dozens of books each years in various languages and times, including rare books where previously unpublished information is concealing! It takes into account all the traditions of the Pacific Islands.

You access this treasure of information until now reserved to a privileged few

You access this treasure of information until now reserved to a privileged few for the price of a small book. Our unique guide features information arduously and meticulously gathered from a multitude of sources –all touching on the meaning of the symbols, with drawings and pictures organized by design/pattern.
A one month subscription (€ 14,95) allows you to save –for your personal use- the documentation of interest.

And years of life with your tattoo !

You will see that the tattoo moment flies by…
The dictionary allows you to spend hours enjoying this moment of creation! Enter your life through the symbols. When you look at your tattoo, you will feel who you are without making a single sentence in your head. And what if art helped to clear our overloaded minds?

Tatau, that’s story of the heart, of what is sensed, of emotion and of feeling.

Our dictionary allows you to form a bridge:
- between the modern world and the traditional world
- between the language of the mind and the language of the heart.

In this guide you will also find:
- The symbolism of the body, to choose the right place for you tattoo.
- How to create a « talisman-tattoo ».

Don’t hesitate to prepare your tattoo long before its creation. That way it will have time to mature and blossom...

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