Samoan Tattoos

The symbolism of Samoan tattoos goes beyond skin deep. The history and meaning behind them represents community, power, status, respect, honor and they are only to be worn by Samoans. For those who choose to have a Samoan tattoo that are not Samoan show disrespect to display their symbols and designs. There is a saying that whoever got tattooed with these symbols without the approval and blessing from the Matai and family members would be cursed.