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 various statuses include identities, genealogy, personalities and the rank in the society. Not only is the use of tattoos by Polynesians an art but also quite spiritual to them. A pictorial representation of humans, animals, birds and flowers is illustrated by the symbolic state of their tattoos. Depending on the rank of a person in the society, geometric designs are drawn on a person and have different meanings. Despite having a tribal nature, Polynesian tattoos are not tribal tattoos.
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. The other symbol is the use of shells which represent peace and fertility. Protection and intimacy is symbolized using sea shells while turtle shells signifies peace and wellness. Another tattoo symbol is the shark teeth which represents power and courage.
Most Polynesian show their courage and power by getting a full set of shark teeth as a tattoo. Patterns of triangle represent shark teeth 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. Courage and dominance are also represented by the tattoo symbol spearhead.
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. However its also considered as 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. The ink formulated from plant based liquid includes; candlenut oil, sugar cane juice and coconut milk.
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. Under planning and cleaning the first sub step is determining the design. An individual’s imagination is the limit when determining the design although if starting out a simple line drawing will do.
The next sub step is to clean the surface of the leather by rubbing alcohol. Alcohol rubbing removes 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.