Over the course of the preceding couple of decades tattoos have grown in popularity. Now it seems that they are seen on everyone from all walks of life and one of the most popular styles is the Polynesian tattoo. One element that has contributed to their popularity is that they no longer have to be done by traditional means. A Long Painful Process That was a sharp primitively crafted needle on the end of a stick that was led around the design while the tattoo artist tapped the device with another stick. It was extremely painful and a tattoo done in this manner could take days to complete. Consider the Symbolism What many people don't know is that there is an incredible amount of symbolism that accompanies all of the various styles of Polynesian tattoos. It is for this very reason that some study should be done prior to getting a Polynesian tattoo, so that you understand what they mean. The Old Ways Originally in the old country, Polynesian tattoos were done on the body to enhance communications with the gods and spirits. It was also felt by traditional Polynesians that by having their skin tattooed, it was therefore made more sacred. Hawaiian Style Tattoos Hawaiian tattoos on the other hand, while containing symbolism had somewhat different meanings. For instance, Hawaiian tattoos were done exclusively in black and were used for personal identification and to demonstrate ones social standing in the community. They were also done to commemorate the passing of a loved one. Something To Consider If you are considering getting a tattoo done, it is highly recommended that you visit a doctor and get a prescription for antibiotics to take after the work is done. While infections from tattoos are very rare, the results should you get one are disastrous, unsightly and are comply irreparable, save for getting the entire tattoo removed.