Is it that time again to get a new tattoo? If you’re thinking about getting some new ink then why not look for something that has some significant meaning to it. Polynesian tattoos are not only super cool to look at, but they are also a type of ancient art. So, with that comes a lot of meaning. Polynesian tattoos are based on the Polynesian culture so there are different meanings for each tattoo.
Long ago there was a time when writing was not an option for Polynesians. You might be surprised to know that they communicated through the use of art. In order for people to let each other know who they were and what their personality was like they used art. That was where the idea for Polynesian tattoos came from. These tattoos were used to determine everything from someone’s societal status to their sexual maturity level. They used them to also determine their hierarchy status and genealogy, which is all pretty cool. It was actually banned for a time in 1797 when the missionaries arrived. The banned it based on the Old Testament. But it was revived once again in the 1980’s bringing a whole new life back to the art.
If you are thinking of a Polynesian tattoo, then we have many styles for you to choose from that come in all shapes and sizes.
Check out these 75 Polynesian Tattoos That Have True Meaning:
1. Love Keys
These sweet tattoos are all about connecting with your mate.
2. Golden Key
Keys are very popular in the Polynesian culture.
3. Lock & Key
This is always a popular choice for couples who want to get matching tattoos. The lock and key is a symbol of their love for each other.
4. Large Designs
Another example of the lock and key Polynesian tattoo design but these are much larger and more ornate.
5. Sweet Designs
We love this lock and key design because it intersects together. The chain goes from one partner’s arm to the other.
6. Carrying the Keys
This dove is carrying some keys, are they love keys?
7. Love & Respect
Two important parts of any successful relationship. It’s a sweet design that you are sure to love.
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8. Detailed Design
A great design that is truly inspiring. We love the details on these tattoos.
9. Skull Design
An amazing design that you are sure to love. This lock and key are truly mysterious.
10. Bright Colors
There is a lot going on with this sleeve design, there are locks and flowers and we just love the bright colors.
11. Ornate Love
There’s nothing like ornate lock and keys to show your true love for one another.
12. Different Keys
These are two different tattoos and the keys in each one are very different.
13. Splashes of Paint
We love the bright splashes of paint that accompany this awesome key design.
One simple keyhole is all you need to remain mysterious. It’s on the neck as well which means that your secret keyhole can remain a secret if you want it to.
15. Vintage Design
We love the many vintage elements to this sleeve design.
16. Pick a Key
A great design that can be shared with friends, family or loved ones.
17. Foot Tattoos
A great and colorful design that fits perfectly on the foot.
18. Wrist Designs
These lock and key designs fit perfectly on the wrists.
19. Purple Ribbon
The purple ribbon brings a lot of beauty to this tattoo design.
20. Mysterious Tattoo
If you are looking for an original tattoo design, then this is the one for you. We love all the creativity here.
21. Jack the Pumpkin King
If you are a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, then you are sure to love this unique lock and key tattoos.
22. Nautical Symbols
There is some destination symbolism to this lock and key design. Where are these birds taking the key?
23. Gorgeous Rose
You can add many different elements to a Polynesian tattoo like a beautiful red rose.
24. Simple Designs
This is a very small and simple design, but it’s also very powerful! We love it.
25. Skull & Bones
This gorgeous wood key has a scary skull as the base point.
26. Love Designs
Another example of the lock and key tattoo.
27. Red Ribbon
This lock and key design has some red ribbon to it this time.
28. Gorgeous Designs
A great tattoo design that is precious to look at.
29. Puzzle Pieces
These unique puzzle pieces join the lock and key together. It’s a unique way of having the same type of tattoo design.
30. Paint Splotches
Gorgeous keys surrounded by some amazing colored paint splotches. We love tattoos that have paint elements to it.
31. Elegant Key
This looks like a key that is fit for royalty.
32. Blue Ribbon
Another example of the lock and key tattoo but this one has blue ribbon and the color really pops out.
33. Aged Arts
A gorgeous tattoo that has a weathered look to it.
34. Locket Designs
As you can see the lock and key tattoo design is a very popular one.
A simple design that is all about eternity!
36. White Ink
Using white ink in your tattoo can give your tattoo a whole new look.
37. The Plump Heart
Doesn’t that heart look like it’s just going to start beating? Love the color as well.
39. Say it Red
Simple tattoos with just a splash of red.
40. The Gem
This locket has a purple gem on the inside; we absolutely love it.
41. Great Designs
Another great design of the heart locket.
42. Little Designs
Simpel designs for big sentiments.
43. Sweet Love
A colorful design that is sure to put a smile on your face.
44. Locked Forever
These unique tattoos make it look like the lock and key are embedded into your skin. A truly unique design.
45. Large Tattoos
If you want to show your love in a big way, then these bright tattoos are exactly what you’re looking for.
46. Shoulder Tattoos
If you are looking for a great shoulder tattoo, then this is the one for you.
47. Golden Designs
A little gold never hurt anyone.
48. Angel Wings
This is an amazing chest tattoo; we just love the wings that hold the keys in place. The bright red with the black is also quite eye-catching.
49. Realistic Designs
This tattoo is very realistic and beautiful. We love how amazing the colors are with this one.
50. Original Faces
Talk about an amazing version of the lock and key tattoo. Those faces are so realistic we would think they were real if they weren’t tattoos. An amazing work of art we have to say.
51. Bright Blue
A splash of blue can make any tattoo pop.
52. Stunning Designs
A great locket tattoo with some amazing elements to it. We love the flowers.
53. Keyhole Hand
This is an interesting take on the locket tattoo. The keyhole is in the hand.
54. Simple Art
A great design that has simple elements to it.
55. The Chest
The locket in this Polynesian tattoo is in the treasure chest.
56. Bright Colors
These bright colors really make these tattoos pop out.
57. Sugar Skulls
We love these sugar skull tattoo designs. They give some originality to the standard lock and key designs. The eyes are so mesmerizing.
58. Dark Designs
We love this owl locket design. The details in this tattoo are amazing.
59. Copper Designs
Another example of a standard lock and key tattoo.
60. Opening the Locket
This design has the locket opening to show the secrets inside.
61. Sparkling Gold
Green and gold together make for a great color scheme. The green just pops into this design.
62. Diamond Designs
This is a cool version of the locket tattoo designs. We love the crisp blue.
63. Elegant Elements
If you are looking for a pretty design then these tattoos of pearls on them. You are sure to love these original designs.
64. Just the Key
It’s okay just to get the key on its own as well; key tattoos are always popular designs.
65. Open Lock
Another great example of the lock and key designs.
66. Sleeve Designs
The lock and key can also become part of a larger design like this sleeve.
67. The Claws
These tattoos give the illusion that some large bird with grasping claws are about to take the lock and key.
68. White Ink Designs
White ink is growing in popularity every day.
69. Eye Tattoos
This unique tattoo has an eye in the locket. It’s a very realistic eye and the colors are beautiful.
70. Leg Tattoos
Another great example of the lock and key tattoo design.
71. Throat Designs
This is an interesting design as the keyhole is on the throat while the key is on the finger.
72. Back Designs
This is a gorgeous tattoo for the middle of the back.
73. Great Colors
There is so much awesome to this tattoo; we love the clocks and all the amazing colors.
74. Lace Designs
A beautiful locket made of lace.
75. Finger Tattoos
These tiny tattoos look great on the fingers. Choose a different design for each finger and you will have an original tattoo design.