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Tattoo of Whai


by GiErre »
2010, Sep 1st
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This design derives its name from the lower part of the band, going down along the back of the calf. The manta represents freedom and beauty, protection, and we placed three dots inside of it to symbolize Paolo, who requested this design, and two friends of him with whom he went on a voyage dedicated to freedom, and we included them in the hammerhead shark too which represents tenacity and strength.

We placed non traditional elements in the wings, like fire, joined with water, and the ankh (life, protection) above the hammerhead shark, shaped in the style of Polynesian birds.

On the right of the manta three birds symbolize freedom and changing perspective, watching the world from a different point of view.

When two birds are represented following each other they usually mean (and we intentionally used three of them) that those people will always be there to help each other, like the bird that goes down to protect the enjured fellow even if this means risking its own life too.

The turtle (family and the navigator) is inside the sun (joy and positivity, eternity) as a wish for them never to lack, and mountains are for stability.

The sun itself is balanced on the left by waves, as a reference to surfing, and since waves symbolize change too, we placed a koru below them (new start) connected to a maorigram of the letters G and A.

The two tikis on the sides, facing on the front of the leg, are symbols of protection and fertility, with stylized shark teeth for adaptability and strength.

Two fish hooks were included as a wish for prosperity and abundance and the Marquesan cross closing the upper part is a symbol of balance and union of the elements.


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That´s a great idea and the book looks fab. I wish there were more animal outlines though... - TatFan, Denver

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