The enigmatic tattoo

Polynesian cultures have adorned their bodies with artistic designs for centuries. The word tattoo comes from the Polynesian word “tatau.”

During the 1700s, Capt. Cook’s exploration of the Pacific revealed this unique art form to sailors. The tattoos separated the seamen from the landlubbers and served as a protective charm. A tattoo of an anchor indicated the sailor had crossed the Atlantic, while a compass or nautical

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