The Best Leather Tattoo Art
An art that express one’s individuality is defined as a tattoo. An indication of status in the hierarchical society of the Polynesian culture is through use of tattoos. Identities, genealogy, personalities and the rank in the society are the various types of status. Polynesians consider tattoos to be more than an art as they are quite spiritual to them. The symbolic state of their tattoos results to the pictorial 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. The tribal nature of the Polynesians doesn’t result to their tattoos being tribal tattoos.
Polynesians treat their tattoos with honor and respect while embracing their traditions and history. All the symbols of Polynesian tattoos are based on the elements of water, fire, earth and wind. Peace and fertility is represented by the symbol of shells. Protection and intimacy is symbolized using sea shells while turtle shells signifies peace and wellness. A shark teeth art is the other tattoo symbol that represents courage and power.
Most Polynesian show their courage and power by getting a full set of shark teeth as a tattoo. Shark teeth is represented by patterns of triangles and is done as multiple rows of shark teeth that show adaptability and bravery. The power of the individual is represented by the spearhead tattoo symbol. Not only does the spearhead tattoo represent power but also courage and dominance.
The sun in most areas symbolizes rebirth while its rays signify brilliance, eternity, brilliance and leadership but in the Polynesian culture it signifies grandness and riches. The final tattoo symbol of the Polynesian culture is the ocean which symbolizes the end destination or basically death. The ocean is also considered as their source of food, fertilityand homeland of ancestors apart from the final destination. 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. The ink formulated from plant based liquid includes; candlenut oil, sugar cane juice and coconut milk.
Planning and cleaning, applying design to the leather and practicing tattooing with other items are the main processes involved in leather tattooing. Determination of the design is the first sub step under planning and cleaning. In determining the design an individual’s imagination is the limit however 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. The alcohol works by removing oils and grease from the leather while at the same time sterilizing it. The next process is outlining the design on the leather in order to make a tracing guide by using stencil gel to transfer the design to the surface of the leather.