Most people don’t know the difference between Maori, Islander, Polynesian, and Samoan tattoos designs. Other people putting together lists like this usually have no idea what they are talking about. While it’s true that these cultures heavily influenced each other, their designs are still considered unique and can be differentiated from each other, most of the time.
Awesome Tribal Sleeve Tattoos That Do Not Suck
Maori designs are the most unique, their swirling solid color patterns are easy to separate from the other three, but Polynesian, Islander and Samoan tattoos look extraordinary similar and sometimes are even one in the same. Maori designs were brought to New Zeland from Polynesia so technically they are all of Polynesian origin.
What’s even more confusing, is that most tattoo artists get creative and blend the different styles together leaving traditional tribal designs few and far between. Let’s take a look at some of the most spectacular and unique examples of tribal sleeve tattoos.