September 20, 2017

Polynesian half-sleeve maori tattoo on arm for men

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Maori arm tat with swirl

Interesting black Maori tattoo inked on the upper part of a man’s left arm in a half-sleeve Polynesian swirl design.

Polynesian half-sleeve maori tattoo on arm for men

This man’s Maori arm tattoo is interesting for a number of reasons. The half-sleeve tattoo features the traditional Maori tattoo design with geometric shapes, most of which are triangles. Overall the pattern of the Maori tat flows into a swirl that centers around a circular tribal image that looks either like a skull or the sun. The Maori tattoo is inked in black and white with no other colors.

The sun is a popular image to use in Maori and Polynesian tattoos, particularly because the sun was highly regarded by ancient cultures, often related to life itself. Tribal sun tattoos have made a comeback in recent years, and it’s neat how the sun design in this particular Maori tattoo also resembles a skull. Overall, Maori and Polynesian tattoos have important spiritual and cultural meanings, which may or may not relate directly to the wearer.

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