The Polynesian Tattoo Handbook Vol.2

An In-Depth Study of Polynesian Tattoos and of Their Foundational Symbols

206 pages

Lists of symbols and meanings, purpose of each style, examples

400+ symbols and variants

Collected in the 5 main styles: Samoan, Marquesan, Tahitian, Hawaiian, Maori

The Polynesian Tattoo Handbook Vol.2 - Front cover

Over 550 illustrations

Symbols, variants and real life tattoos

Explained tattoos

Sample tattoos deconstructed and explained in detail with clear explanations.

PDF  $ 9.67

Structure of the book:

I.    Preface
II.   A people of navigators
III.  Samoan tattoos
IV.  Marquesan tattoos
V.   Tahitian tattoos
VI.  Hawaiian tattoos
VII  Maori tattoos
VIII Fusion
Bibliographic references

HOW is The Polynesian Tattoo Handbook Vol.2 different from Vol.1?
In the years following the publication of Vol.1, many libraries in the Pacific area (Wellington, Honolulu etc.) started digitalizing and placing online for consultation many books that were not easily available before, such as the logbooks of the first expeditions exploring the Pacific Ocean and its islands. Many reports of these first contacts, rare and almost impossible to access, are now available, carrying a knowledge of the ancient symbols and traditions that was virtually lost before.
A brief description here, a sketched image there, tens of books disclosed their treasures and became the inspiration of this book, which goes deeper than Vol.1 in search of the symbols, their meanings, their purpose and their cultural significance.

WHAT is unchanged from Vol.1?
The passion that was put into crafting a book that is not only informative, but also a pleasure to read, with even more illustrated pages cured in every detail for easier consultation and a totally enjoyable experience, making it perfect for both the novice and the experienced artist as well:
Color tabs for easier browsing

Colour tabs on the side of the book make it easier to switch from chapter to chapter.

Tables of symbols with meanings and variants

Symbols have dedicated sections where they are listed with meanings and variants.

Polynesian sayings and proverbs

Every chapter features a proverb or a way of saying from a Pacific culture.

Structure of the chapters:

Each of the five main styles (Samoan, Marquesan, Tahitian, Hawaiian and Maori) has a dedicated chapter divided into three sections: a general introduction  to the style, with its origins, features, and purpose; a list of symbols and variants, along with their names and meanings, and insights on the origin of some of them; and a design section where three original tattoos are deconstructed into their building blocks and explained thoroughly in order to clarify why those specific elements were chosen to create them and what decisions led to the placement of each single element.

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