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The text pretty much explains it.
There are TOO many ‘non-islanders’ who want to get a Polynesian Tattoo because it looks ‘cool’.

However, many (not all) have failed to recognize that…

If you simply have “Poly blood” you shouldn’t get Polynesian tattoos either.  Anyone wanting to wear the motifs and culture of our people on their skin should have a deep knowledge and respect to what each individual mark means. Simply being born Polynesian doesn’t give you that privilege.

Also the argument that non-Polynesians shouldn’t get the tattoos is a big a one. I myself get nervous when I see different nationalities with the tattoos. However I’m not going to be quick to judge. It’s a shame that in some cases they did it for an image or because it looks “cool” - however their are many “white” people who have strong Polynesian ancestry, understand the importance of the patterns and seek out to be educated before getting any work done.

Lets be honest there’s not many of us Polynesians out there…and for generations there has been mixed relationships with other ethnicities. Will our descendants lose the right to our culture, because they look white? 

(Source: gossip-teine)


You see, this would never work in my part of the world.

Here, after that your ”It’s quite nice” you’d get ” No, t is not! It’s ridiculous, it’s horrible, it makes your head look twice as big. My god there’s such a thing as mirror, you know?”

Ah, then you’d go ”Yeah I’ve got a mirror, you seem to desperately need it so…  you get the point.

What, we’re Slavic-Balkan-Mediteranean, we can’t be nice by defitiniton.

Most people I know would just snatch the hat from his head, stomp on it, and then burn it. True story. 

(Source: misslellow)



Tuareg woman (by Helga)

Tuareg gender customs may refute Western preconceptions: Among the Tuareg, the men are veiled and the women are not. The society is largely matrilineal. They don’t fit into the nice bundles that art historians or anthropologists like to have. The Tuareg defy stereotypes—of Islam, Africa and social relationships—in other ways: The Tuareg are Islamic, but not in any comprehensive sense,  it’s mixed with a heavy dose of pre-existing pagan beliefs in the evil eye and the world of spirits, or jinn

- New exhibition highlights the ‘artful’ Tuareg of the Sahara

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