Polynesian Tattoo Symbols & Meanings – Fish – Basic Elements


In Polynesian culture, fish is another widely used symbol in tattoo. To Polynesian people, fish are the most important food to make a living. So fish are usually regarded as a symbol of prosperity, riches, fertility and life. Particular parts of fish are often used to express their symbolic meanings. For example, shark teeth, which can be found in plenty of Polynesian tattoo designs, are used to show protection and symbolize warriors.



You can find many Polynesian tattoo designs using fish symbols repeating in lines to express specific meanings. Common forms of use of fish symbols have been represented to you in the picture above. Below we’ll list some sample designs to give you direct impressions.

Fish scales are also very popular in Polynesian tattoo designs. They are usually used to show protection. A sample that uses fish scales is listed below: