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Niu
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April 4th, 2024
  Author: GiErre

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This forearm band was designed for Bryan to match a band for the other arm that we previously prepared.

Some elements are common to both bands to enhance how they blend together, such as coconut leaves on top for prosperity (along with fish) and the stepping stones at the bottom for achievements, with spearheads and octopus tentacles (warrior, strength, tenacity, and adaptability) going up centrally on the outside of the arm.

Flax leaves are on top to show the importance of family unity (with spearheads representing fighting to protect it).

The double spiral represents when he met his wife, with symbols related to her like the hawk, after years of traveling (the birds), finding stability (the mountains that take the place of the birds).

This brought a new life represented by the koru, with the same mountains shaping a sun around it for joy and positivity.
Their initials are disguised on both sides of the spearheads within the koru and the spiral.

The lizard and the two tiki on the sides protect family, while the path to knowledge, the adze, and the mere represent the values they teach to their son: honor and respect, skills and creativity, and service supporting people through their challenges (the path of Kamehameha).

The ahuahu o Mataora is another symbol of self improvement and overcoming any obstacle.

The colored image below shows the main elements within the tattoo:
Polynesian mixed forearm band tattoo


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