This cover up is a combination of Maori and Marquesan motifs that roughly follows a Taulima (Samoan) structure. It does not cover his old gang tattoos completely as I felt that by leaving some of the old tattoo poking through, it could serve as a reminder of sorts, of his past, so that moving forward he could have a reminder so as not to stray from the path of righteousness.
The intent of this tattoo was more aesthetic but it does have a lot of personal meaning to him as well. Growth, protection and strength form the basis for this piece.
The breakdown is as follows:
a) Koru: unfurling fern head, Maori- Life, breath, new beginnings, growth and connection to the earth.
b) Ama kopeka: fire, Marquesan- To illuminate, to cast light upon. Used here to light his path moving forward.
c) Koniho: teeth marks, Marquesan- To protect from evil.
d) Ipu ao: bowl of the earth, Marquesan- Container of mana/power, creation, life, light.
e) Unaunahi: fish scales, Maori- Abundance. bounty of the sea. Here used to represent Hawaii and aloha.
f) Mata: eye, Marquesan- To watch over, protect.
g) Niho: teeth, Marquesan- Used to protect the tattoo and the wearer from harm.
h) Pepehipu: pounded tapa cloth, Marquesan- Worn as armor, covering tattoo underneath.
i) Hope vehine: twin goddesses, Marquesan- Very simplified version of motif meant to give life, protect and symbolize creation.
j) Enana kaake: troop of warriors going to battle, Marquesan- Sacred connection, common bond, fighting for a common cause (simplified version).
k) Hoka: rays of the sun, Marquesan- Courage.
Thank you for looking, and aloha!