Historically there was no writing in Polynesian culture
so the Polynesian’s used tattoo art that was full of distinctive signs
to express their identity and personality.
Tattoos would indicate status in a hierarchical society
as well as sexual maturity, genealogy and ones rank within the society.
Nearly everyone in ancient Polynesian society was tattooed.
The turtle or honu is an important creature throughout all Polynesian cultures
and has been associated with several meanings.
Turtles symbolise health, fertility, longevity in life, foundation, peace and rest.