There are many popular animal images that are frequently used in body art designs, however when it comes to mens tattoos, strong and powerful beasts such as big cat species like the tiger and jaguar are immensely popular. Lions are powerful beasts that are renowned for their agility, strength and ferocity so in this respect they are admired and feared in equal measures as one of the mightiest predators on earth.
The regal lion is very much synonymous with royalty and has been a symbol of nobility used for heraldic purposes since ancient times. The lion is the tallest of all the big cat species, however while its skull is of a similar shape to that of the tiger, the latter is actually slightly larger however thanks to the lion’s most distinctive and entirely unique feature, it often appears larger.
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The boundaries between male and female choices when it comes to body art designs today have merged considerably in recent years to such an extent that neither men or women can claim exclusivity on certain imagery, previously favored by one of the other. These celestial beings are deemed to be God’s messengers and have featured in mythology and legends in many cultures around the world for centuries where there roles have involved protecting and guiding human beings, as well as undertaking God’s tasks. The term fallen angel originates from the biblical book of Enoch, which describes how these beings were thrown out of heaven with Lucifer, when he rebelled against God and was cast down to earth as a result.
There are also many designs in angel tattoos for men that depict either one or the other, as well as both male and female angels with wings spread wide for a larger canvas of skin such as the back, placed beneath or between the shoulder blades in particular.
Despite the fact that tattoos are so commonplace that they are widely accepted within society as a whole, there are certain types of tattoo that still have something of a stigma attached to them and this includes hand tattoos for men.
These preconceived notions about hand tattoos for men that give this body art such an unfair reputation is in part due to the history behind some of these designs where they have been synonymous with the criminal fraternity such as ex-cons and gang members. Nowadays, hand tattoos for men have a much broader appeal than they did five to ten years ago and can look just as stylish and effective as any other type of body art.
Dupa multe incercari si dupa ce a depasit numerose obstacole, Mataora a ajuns pe taramul Uetonga, dar cu fata prafuita si murdara de atata calatorie.
Potrivit izvoarelor arheologice, tatuarea provine din Noua Zeelanda spre cultura est-polineziana.
Dedi Maori au practicat tatuajele, nu exista nicio evidenta ca populatiile non-maori le-au practicat si ele. In Noua Zeelanda, in siturile timpurii, au fost gasite palete largi de dalti, ceea ce lanseaza evidenta ca in timpurile la inceput exista, probabil, o preferinta a modelelor, mai precis catre sabloane rectilinii.
Capul era considerat cea mai sacra parte a corpului si, pentru ca tatuarea cauza sangerare, era executata numai de catre cei mai priceputi „mestesugari” sau „tohunga-ta-oko”.
Exista, cu siguranta unele interdictii in timpul procesului de tatuare: pentru tatuajul facial relatiile intime si hrana solida erau interzise. Un tatuaj al intregii fete dura foarte mult si un bun artist studia foarte atent structura osoasa a unei persoane inainte de a-si incepe lucrarea artistica. Instrumentul de tatuat era o dalta din os, prevazuta ori cu o margine zimtata ori cu o parte extrem de dreapta. Era un proces foarte lung si dureros si, deseori, peste taieturile adanci erau asezate frunze din copacul Karaka, ca sa grabeasca procesul de vindecare. Desi tatuajele erau in principal faciale, razboinicii din Nord Auckland includeau spirale duble rotite, pe fese, care adesea coborau inspre partea de jos a picioarelor pana la genunchi. Tatuajele maori sunt printre cele mai distinctive tatuaje din lume, arta tatuarii fiind o arta sacra pentru populatia Maori din Noua Zeelanda, care, probabil, a fost adusa din insulele Polineziei de est. Tatuajele traditionale Maori sunt cunoscute ca „TA MOKO” si constau in desene spiralate si foarte reliefate ce acopera fata, iar in unele cazuri, fesele si picioarele. Istoria populatiei Maori este destul de neclara, ca si cea a tatuajului Maori, dar avem la dispozitie explicatia mitica a acesteia.
Tatuajul maori este foarte expresiv, constand in forme curbate si spirale cu modele foarte complexe.
Astazi, tatuajul traditional maori sau TA MOKO este aproape disparut, dar tatuajele maori cunosc un reviriment.
Maorii sunt prezenti in Noua Zeelanda inca din secolul al XIII-lea, cand au sosit din estul Polineziei, limba lor fiind inrudita cu cea vorbita de populatia din Tahiti si cea din insulele Cook. Unele traditii orale maori atribuie descoperirea Noii Zeelande lui Kupe, care a ajuns pe aceste taramuri pornind din tinuturile natale, cunoscute drept Hawaki. Dovezile stiintifice indica mai multe valuri de migratii, dar triburile maori cer recunoasterea strabunilor lor ca fiind ocupantii uneia dintre cele sapte canoe ajunse pe coastele Noii Zeelande. Principalul grup in societatea maori era iwi (tribul), care cuprindea, in general, mai multe hapu (subtriburi).
Un whanau cu 20-30 de membri ocupa una sau mai multe locuinte si de multe ori avea o casa mai spatioasa in interiorul satului.
Whakapapa (obarsia) era importanta pentru statutul si gruparea tribala in societatea maori. O alta clasa importanta erau tohunga (preotii), care tineau ritualuri religioase si magice, dar cunosteau si notiuni de agricultura, sculptura, genealogie, traditie si arta tatuajelor. Sosirea pakeha (europenilor) a dus la dispersarea multor triburi, in urma conflictelor, a instrainarii terenurilor si activitatii misionarilor. Dupa cel de-al Doilea Razboi Mondial, iwi a devenit un factor foarte important deoarece guvernul stabilise consiliile de incredere in tabara lor, prin care erau reprezentate interesele maorilor si mai ales aveau puterea de a cere compensatii pentru nerespectarea tratatului de la Waitangi.
Procesul de urbanizare de la mijlocul secolului al XX-lea a subminat identitatea maorilor, multi pierzand contactul cu tribul de origine. Mana (puterea spirituala sau respectul) poate fi acumulata prin fapte de vitejie, intelepciune, discursuri frumoase, mostenire sau prin… mancarea adversarului, consumandu-i astfel mana. Tapu (sacru sau tabu, cum l-a tradus Capitanul Cook) se aplica unei game limitate activitati, de la reguli de vanatoare sau pescuit, la interdictii privind mortii sau locurile sacre.
Populatia maori a trecut printr-o intensa campanie de convertire, desfasurata de misionari, in secolul al XIX-lea, distrugand totul. Miscarea Ratana, fondata de un vindecator, la inceputul secolului al XIX-lea, are inca multi adepti si o influenta politica destul de mare.
Traditia maori transmisa oral prezinta multe aspecte privind genealogia si migratiile, iar legendele tribale sunt spuse din memorie. Rangi si Papa au avut multi fii, zeii maorilor, care traiau intr-o imbratisare parinteasca asa de stransa, incat nici lumina nu o putea penetra. Turistii pot vedea dansul haka in spectacolele maorilor, in care, in mod constant femeile interpreteaza si dansul poi, cu o coregrafie gratioasa, ce porneste de la rasucirea unui poi (minge de in) pe o sfoara. Clima ceva mai rece a Noii Zeelande a impus o imbracaminte mai calduroasa, femeile maori fiind considerate cele mai bune tesatoare din Pacific. Cuvinte si fraze maori sunt folosite din ce in ce mai mult in mass-media si vorbirea de zi cu zi.
Cuvintele maori sunt tot mai des folosite in limba engleza uzuala, in special in mass-media, unde emisiunile TV incep cu salutul “kia ora” (Buna!). Below is a list of the most commonly requested Polynesian tattoos.  The brief description provided will be given based on the historical background you’ve just read modified with current considerations.
Tribal Polynesian Tattoos – Tribal Polynesian tattoos are highly requested.  The problem is that Polynesia as explained above covers a huge area and each island developed their own tribal art.


Polynesian Flower Tattoos – For Polynesian Flower Tattoos go with any native flower to your island.  For instance, Hawaiian’s would typically use the beautiful Hibiscus flower. Ancient Polynesian Tattoos – Ancient Polynesian tattoos would be designed from anything left of the ancient Polynesian culture.  These ancient Polynesian tattoos would then need to be designed from the glyph art that remains on Easter Island and possibly the statuary that remains there as well. Placement of Polynesian tattoos has been discussed some during the course of this article because of the importance the ancestors gave to the placement of tattoos. However, one of the most widely requested images of this kind has to be the King of the Jungle himself, so not surprisingly lion tattoos for men are in huge demand. There is however actually a lot more to these creatures than the obvious attributes that lion tattoos for men reflect as this particular mammal also offers immense symbolism and has played a significant part in history throughout the centuries, from differing cultures and countries all around the globe.
It has also mentioned in numerous legends and mythological tales since biblical times and in this respect it has often used in modern times as body art to signify Christian beliefs. This is of course, its tawny, golden mane which certainly makes it stand out, in its natural habitat as well as when inked on the human skin.
From floral imagery to tribal artwork, there is no longer any set pattern in what designs are chosen by either sex and most modern tattoos can be adjusted to suit both male and female enthusiasts which may explain the rise in demand for such designs as angel tattoo for men. However, many of the angel tattoos for men today often follow a darker theme depicting one of the archangels such as Michael, Raphael or Gabriel with a sword and shield in hand, battling one of the fallen angels to represent the ongoing struggle of good against evil.
Lucifer is of course universally recognized today by his other names, Satan or the Devil and his Dark Angels can be easily distinguished from the heavenly variety by their more demonic appearance.
Additional religious images of iconic status such as the cross or crucifix are also incorporated in many designs of this nature and these are popular for use in memorial tattoos too. In fact any tattoos that are placed in a very prominent position where they are virtually impossible to conceal such as the face, neck and hands, may be frowned upon by some elements of society. We have all seen someone in person or in a movie with that old-fashioned knuckle tattoo depicting the memorable LOVE and HATE across their hands, which is not the most attractive look. In fact, this has developed into a popular trend for engaged couples and those about to wed who want matching tattoos to commemorate the event and to show their love and devotion to each other, and the world.
Capitanul James Cook a folosit cuvantul „tattow” cand a fost martor pentru prima data la o tatuare, in Tahiti, in 1769. Intr-o zi, Mataora a batut-o pe Niwareka, asa ca ea l-a parasit, alergand inapoi la taramul tatalui ei, numit Uetonga. Daltile din os folosite pentru tatuat pot fi gasite in siturile arheologice din timpuri diferite, in Noua Zeelanda dar si in unele situri din estul Polineziei timpurii.
In plus, pentru a face un razboinic atractiv pentru femei, practic un tatuaj avea dublu rol: de trecere intr-o etapa a vietii si de eveniment important in viata unei persoane. Pentru a compensa, hrana lichida si apa erau turnate in gura printr-o palnie de lemn, pentru ca nu cumva produsul contaminat sa intre in contact cu pielea inflamata. Ar fi fost o mare insulta daca persoana respectiva nu era recunoscuta drept seful din realitate, iar asta putea duce la „utu” – razbunare. Partea stanga (arata, in general, dar nu intotdeauna, apartenenta la un trib) este considerata partea tatalui, pe cand partea mainii drepte indica radacinile din partea mamei. De fapt, termenul „TA MOKO” se refera la procesul de tatuare, in timp ce produsul final, tatuajul insusi, se numeste Moko. Conform legendei, Ta Moko provine din lumea de dedesubt; cand Mataora, un tanar razboinic s-a indragostit de Niwareka, printesa lumii din adancuri, aceasta a fost de acord sa vina in lumea noastra sa se casatoreasca cu el.
Sunt folosite cusite si dalti netede sau zimtate, cerneala fiind aplicata prin efectuarea unor incizii.
Tatuarea incepea in timpul adolescentei si era folosita pentru a celebra evenimentele importante de-a lungul vietii.
Desi cultura maori cunoaste o revitalizare, a cunoscut si o perioada de stagnare dupa sosirea colonistilor europeni, timp in care traditiile precum tatuajul si-au pierdut mult din semnificatie. Dupa ce a explorat insulele, pe care le-a denumit Aotearoa (Tara norului alb si lung), el s-a intors pentru a-si anunta descoperirea si pentru a pregati o expeditie de anvergura.
Numele celor din trib contine prefixul ngati sau ngai, ce inseamna „oamenii din…” sau „descendenti ai…”. De multe ori, diferite hapu se luptau intre ele, dar cand era cazul, se uneau impotriva unui iwi.
Fiind o societate de razboinici, maorii au construit si sate fortificate, denumite pa, locuite in timpul conflictelor. In timpul ceremoniilor, vorbitorii citeau genealogii interminabile, pentru a-si afirma credibilitatea. Cel mai mare fiu al unei familii senioriale era arki, sef ereditar, care si transmitea puterea fiului sau. Pentru a contracara cresterea influentei pakeha, triburile au vrut sa se uneasca, la mijlocul secolului al XIV-lea, ceea ce a dus la cresterea importantei iwi in fata hapu.
Nerespectarea acestora era pedepsita cu moartea, decisa de trib, fie prin maladii care s-ar fi putut abate asupra faptuitorului. Ringatu (sau Mana ridicata),  o miscare mai putin importanta, a fost fondata in secolul al XIX-lea de catre liderul de gherila si profetul Te Kooti. Semizeul Maui este o figura populara in ontreaga Polinezie, iar maorii povestesc multe dintre ispravile lui. Acestea variau de la trib la trib, dar cele mai multe reprezentau aceeasi poveste a Creatiei, ce incepea cu inexistenta pana la unirea mamei-pamant Papatuanuku cu tatal-cer Ranginui.
Un dans razboinic destinat sa infricoseze dusmanii, haka este practicat cel mai frecvent de echipa nationala de rugby (All Blacks) pentru a-si intimida adversarii.
Realizarea caselor sau a canoelor era o meserie privilegiata, unde se foloseau de roca-verde, inainte de uneltele din metal, ce au aparut odata cu europenii. Cel mai cunoscut ornament este tiki, o grafa confectionata din roca-verde, ce reprezinta o figura umana distorsionata, avand capul aplecat intr-o parte. Inul, ce se gaseste din belsug, se transforma in fire, din care erau tesute presuri, mantale, fuste, confectionate cosuri si alte obiecte.
Ca si cuvintele prezentate mai jos, unii termeni geografici ca awa(rau), puke(deal), roto(lac), wai(apa) si whanga (port) sunt utili pentru intelegerea denumirilor unor locuri.
De asemenea, se acorda o mare atentie pronuntarii corecte a cuvintelor maori,  in ciuda unor accente “haioase”.
These can be depicted in a variety of differing styles that can be scaled to suit most skin surfaces on small, medium and large areas of the body. In contrast, it is also used in the Islamic faith especially when used in combination with the image of a sword as this symbolizes power according to the beliefs of Islam. These are also the only species of their kind whose physical appearance differs greatly between the male and females.
Symbolic angels, offering connotations of guardianship, protection, purity, morality, strength, and celestial beauty would have been predominantly in demand with women much more than their male counterparts however the masculine versions of these spiritual beings, also have a great deal to offer.
Instead of white feathered wings, flowing robes, golden hair and halos these look much darker with tattered wings, horns and bat-like or reptilian features.
These may include the name or dates relating to the deceased loved one that they individual wishes to ay homage to with there choice of body art.


In certain cultures street gang members would have a serious of dots depicted on certain parts of the hand – often between the fingers or along a certain side – to represent their allegiance. Instead of the traditional rings, having a ring design tattooed on their fingers has proved to be a popular alternative for many and can consist of tribal artwork, names, dates or anything else of relevance that appeals. Toate persoanele cu rang din populatia Maori erau tatuate, iar cine nu avea tatuaje era considerat fara statut social. Acesta era, de asemenea, singurul mod prin care o persoana tatuata putea manca pana cand ranile i se vindecau. Apoi, o dalta era inmuiata intr-un pigment negru din funingine cum ar fi cauciucul ars sau omizile arse, apoi lovita in piele. In timpul procesului de tatuare, erau interpretate muzica de flaut si poeme cantate, pentru a mai alina durerea. Pozitia de putere a purtatorului si autoritatea erau instantaneu recunoscute in acest Moko. Oricum, asa cum vom vedea, procesul tatuarii si tatuajul insusi sunt ramuri separate, conform traditiei Maori.
Inutil de spus, este un proces foarte dureros, dar tatuajele Maori erau destinate sa fie mai mult decat decorative. Tatuajele Maori moderne sunt de obicei situate pe corp, nu pe fata, folosindu-se metode de tatuare moderne. De exemplu, Ngati Pikiao (urmasii sefului Pikiao) este un hapu (subtrib) ce locuieste langa lacul Rotorua. Un hapu avea cateva sute de membri si era format din cateva whanau (grupuri familiale extinse). Construite de obicei pe varful dealurilor, in zone strategice, fortaretele aveau diferite niveluri, terase si ziduri concentrice, in care erau infipti pari ascutiti, ce tineau invadatorii la distanta.
Sub rangatira veneau tutua (familii de rand), iar sub ei erau taurekareka (sclavii), capturati in lupte sau nascuti in familii de sclavi. Acesta afirma ca are aproape 16.000 de adepti, cat si influenta asupra altora, cum ar fi Ngati Dread, o secta maori Rastafari. Au incercat unul cate unul, fara succes, pana cand Tanemahuta, zeul padurii, a reusit cu forta copacilor kaurii, care, crescand, au separat cerul de pamant. Este un spectacol terifiant, presarat cu miscari ritmate, brutale, cu lovituri peste corp, priviri furioase si un sunet facut brusc cu limba, acompaniat de un cor gutural, menit sa faca parul maciuca. Designul de baza al unei sculpturi maori il reprezinta figurile umane, in special cele ale stramosilor. Kohanga reo („originea limbii”) si face pe micutii din unele regiuni sa se afunde total in invatarea limbii.
While some prefer images that reflect the lion in its natural format, either as a full bodied creature, or simply using its head and shoulders with its distinctive man others prefer more abstract versions like those featured in tribal artwork and zodiac designs. On a lighter note, lions were used by the Romans as a symbol for love while the Egyptians used two lions back to back to symbolize, an element that was of great significance in ancient Egypt. This may be why lion tattoos for men have such an alluring appeal, as this is a very masculine image that leaves no doubt about the message it is supposed to delivers. Frightening as these may seem, they actually look pretty amazing inked on the male torso in monochrome shades of grey or black ink entwined in battle with one of God’s angelic warriors. Angel wing designs are also highly favored for this particular area in intricately designed detail down to the last feather for an exquisite effect that looks extremely realistic and these can also be depicted as tattered or torn to reflect the wings of a fallen angel instead.
It has also been claimed that the dots represented the number of lives an individual had taken and these are also commonly used by prison inmates in jails around the world.
However, while it is always prudent to consider the longevity of your relationship before embarking on such a permanent commitment tattoos on the hand, often do not last as long for several reasons. Tatal lui Niwareka s-a oferit sa il invete pe Mataora arta tatuajului si, de asemenea, Mataora a invatat in acelasi timp, arta lui Taniko – impletiturile in multe culori. Barbia moko era intotdeauna cel mai popular tatuaj, a carui practica a continuat chiar pana in anii 1970. Cu siguranta, alte semne exterioare combinate cu un Moko particular puteau defini instantaneu „cartea de identitate” a unei persoane. Daca o parte a familiei a unei persoane nu era de rang, acea parte a fetei nu putea avea un desen Moko. Ambele au o semnificatie sacra, atat tatuajul Maori, cat si lungul si durerosul proces al efectuarii acestuia.
Cu toate acestea, multi maori sunt tot mai interesati in redescoperirea si pastrarea legaturilor tribale prin intermediul vechilor locuri de intalnire, denumite si marae. Spiralele sunt un element important, iar manaia este un motiv maori interesant, care apare fie ca pasare, sarpe sau figura umana. Of course, when it comes to the latter, this particular image appeals to many men who were born under the astrological sign of Leo however, it is a popular masculine image simply because guys can relate, or aspire to this particular beast’s traits and characteristics. These are ideal for medium to large placement areas, especially those with a large, vertical skin surface like the ribs, back, arms or leg. Despite these darker connotations, body art in general for the hands, has the same symbolism overall as these designs would have when placed in other locations. Obviously the hands are more exposed to sunlight than those areas hidden under clothing and this is one of the main reasons that tattoos fade over time so chances are you will need any design on your hand touched up once in a while. Mataora si Niwareka s-au intors impreuna in lumea oamenilor, aducand cu ei arta lui moko si taniko. De exemplu, un sef cu Moko, purtand in acelasi timp o mantie de caine, putea fi identificat ca o persoana de autoritate, responsabila de luptatori. De asemnea, daca in centrul fruntii nu este un desen moko, aceasta arata ca purtatorul ori nu are un rang social, ori nu a mostenit unul. As the hands are involved in so many activities, tattoos in this vicinity will be affected by everything from washing and sweating to rubbing and distortion from the moment they are inked on the skin. Mataora a adus TA MOKO si alte abilitati inapoi in lumea aceasta, unde au fost adoptate de oameni.
It is therefore best to avoid any designs that are too intricately detailed and stick to an image that is as simplistic as possible.
De fapt, somnul era, mai mult sau mai putin, o necesitate deoarece fata se umfla din cauza ranilor produse prin tatuare. That way there is less change of the design being distorted by smudging although you will have to take extra care during the healing process not to bump or knock the scab off.
There have been cases where it has been known for the whole tattoo to be lost in this way which is why there are some tattooists that won’t even take on work of this kind.



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