ENGLISH VERSION. Practical guide to creating meaningful Polynesian tattoos. This book by the creators of TattooTribes.com takes the readers by the hand through the meaningful beauty of Polynesian tattoos, in a clear and easy to read way that helps understanding many traditional symbols and how they can be used to create a custom personal piece. The book is beautifully crafted for easier consultation and a more enjoyable experience and it features:
List of symbols and their meanings.
Quick reference to find the right symbols for the desired meanings.
Positioning the elements.
Step by step creation process.
Live examples and case studies.
How to deal with names
A lot more!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't know Phil nor Gemori personally, so I don't have any particular bias. I had a subscription to Phil's online dictionary (tahititataou) several years ago, and with all due respect to Phil, I disagree with his review that this book is simply a copy of his web site or that it is only for tourists. There is information on Phil's website that is not in this book and vice versa. For the most relevant material, this book covers most of what Phil's website covers. It explains the importance of tatau in polynesian culture, it explains the symbolism, it explains how one might go about selecting symbols, and it provides case studies. The latter, case studies, shows example tataus and breaks them down into the individual symbols. Phil's site does this too but not as well in my opinion. The one thing that Phil's site provides that is rather useful is a list of names and contact info for well known top polynesian tattooists around the world.
I'll be getting a poly-tat soon and was looking for some ideas to design my own. Some of my family is from the Melanesian islands, in particular Fiji and papua New guinea. As its hard to find traditional designs from these islands unless I go there, I am settling for some common oceanic tribal designs to create my tattoo. This book was extremely helpful and will guide me with creating my own unique life story telling tattoo.
It helped me learn about what each symbol represents and some history, but it is confusing because one symbol can represent many different things.
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