Banned by the first missionaries, Polynesian tattooing has undergone a revival and considerable expansion since the early 1980s.
Originally, it was a sacred art and the motifs were a social marker symbolizing the rank occupied in the hierarchy.
The whole body was susceptible to tattooing except for the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. The more a man was tattooed, the greater his ascendancy.
Pastel on Canson 65x50cm by JC Bourcier
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