Source of original photo without the text: http://www.koru-tattoo.com/2010/05/polynesian-sleeve_24.html
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?