Tattooing was an integral part of Tahitian and Polynesian culture until Christian missionaries halted the practice in the 1800s. Thankfully, tattooing was re-introduced into French Polynesia about 30 years ago and is now a central part of the Polynesian cultural renaissance.
Here are some fabulous tattoos we saw on our trip. Their bearers agreed to let My Rare One photograph them.
The above tattoos belong to a guide on Huahine who originally came from California. His knowledge of Polynesian culture is truly encyclopedic. "Toa Nui" means "great warrior."
This handsome young Polynesian host on the Paul Gauguin ship has a fabulous tribal tattoo. And a beautiful smile.
These eye-catching tats belong to a catamaran captain who originally came from France.
Next post -- Did we or didn't we get our own tattoos?
[All photos by My Rare One, 2014]