- A) These are coconut leaves, or niu, which denote a Samoan chief-warrior.
- B) This is the sun which brings good fortune.
- C) This isa/ga fa’atasi (three people in one), That’s me with my arms open. As it continues on my chest, it connects to my o lo’u to’a/ua (my wife, Dany) and my o lo’u afafine (my daughter, Simone Alexandra).
- D) These descending swirls represent past, present and future, with the future becoming ever bigger. The pattern continues under my arm, where its meaning is written: “It changes in the place where it is found to be gone.”
- E) These two eyes, called o mata e lua, represent my ancestors watching over my path.
- F) This is the Great Eye, It’s an intimidating symbol that allows its user to possess the spirit of his enemy. The eye is used to distract the enemy in a confrontation.
- G) This broken face, marked by shark teeth—a symbol of strength—is my spirit protector and a symbol of my struggle.
- H) This is the priest and spiritual guide, who raises a warrior to enlightenment and supernatural power under the eyes of the warrior’s ancestors.
- I) These are stones of achievement and abundance. They’re the foundation of my life and symbols of my dedication. They bring the right to stand and speak with honor as a Tula Fale—a high talking chief—and they maintain mana, or supernatural power.
- J) This is a tortoise shell, to deflect evil spirits. Warriors used shells as shields.
DO YOU HAVE TATTOOS?
DO THEY HAVE MEANING TO YOU?