Tattooing is a sacred art among the Maori people of New Zealand. It originated from the islands of East Polynesia. Maori tattoo designs are among the most distinctive in the world having their own identity amongst Polynesian Tattoos. When you see Polynesian and Maori tattoos side by side you will see a distinct difference. Maori tattoo patterns symbolize a way of personal identification for the Maori people.
Many people walk into tattoo shops or post messages on website boards proclaiming, “I want Maori tattoo design ideas!” This popular and artful style of tattooing is associated with the Maori people of New Zealand, and has experienced a revitalization in the 1990’s to present in the West.