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Maori half sleeve tattoo photo
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Maori half sleeve
Birth of an angel

June 25th, 2008
  Author: GiErre

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This Maori styled half sleeve has a complex symbology, which wants to tell how the death of a dear one does not mean separation. The bond that makes this person dear to us, when strong, goes on in our life, under the protection of a new angel. We used two sea turtles to represent family´s affections: one remains, surrounded by korus, which indicate a new birth, life goin´ on beyond the individual, and the other one leaves for a voyage sustained by two te manaia, the Maori guardian angels, creatures which, having the head of a bird, body of a man and tail of a fish, represent the balance between air, earth and water. The shark teeth on the bigger turtle shell symbolize strength for those who remain, and the stylized lizard represents a link with the spiritual world. The tiki on the small turtle shell is a symbol of protection. The two turtles are surrounded by a twist, which symbolizes eternal union.

From a request by Simone.

A curiosity: "manaia", literally, is the seahorse.

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sleeve turtle lizard te manaia koru tiki shark life link eternal strength love angel protection family

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 Going to have this design in few weeks time, did change it slightly to relate to my lifestyle - can´t wait !! 
  by Steve B
 Fantastic designs . Dont u do some coaching on the subject of drawing maori designs.   
  by Kayo Shroff
[TT: no time to unfortunately... but we published a book on polynesian designs, their elements and meanings: The Polynesian Tattoo Handbook... check it out!]
 Looks fantastic,cant wait to have it done. 
  by Rob B
 If you have a request, send it from this link instead: custom request. 


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