Posts Tagged ‘hawaiian hawk’

lucasThis forearm piece is intended to show this persons love for the land, sea, air and fire. It is also a representation of his unity with family and ancestors. At the center is a compass motif that speaks of his past and future travels.
The overall paka shape is that of a hulu ‘io, or hawk feather. This relates to his aumakua and also symbolizes freedom. The symmetry of the piece speaks to the intended duality of the overall design which reinforces the efficacy of the tattoo.
This piece is done in Ana’ole style while its component pieces are done in traditional Marquesan, Maori and Hawaiian.

a) Hope vehine/ Kea/ Mata- this symbol represents the twin goddesses of tattoo, the turtle shell and the eye. Intended to glorify the art of tattoo, protect and look out for danger, respectively.

b) Mata hoata- brilliant eyes, this motif is meant to protect the wearer from unforeseen dangers and to protect the integrity of the tattoo itself.

c) I’ima- hand, this point is where the tattoo itself attaches to the wearer. The intention is to hold it fast to the body.

d) Koru- unfurling palm frond, this Maori motif is meant to convey the cycle of life, new beginnings and breath.

e) Heo’o- compass, this Marquesan motif represents direction and acts as a guide.

f) Ani ata-sky, heavens, ancestors, this motif represents the heavens and his ancestors as they watch over him.

g) Ama kopeka- fire, this motif celebrates the element of fire while also acting as a light to guide him through life.

h) Lau hala- this Hawaiian motif represents this persons connection with the land (aina) and his relatives.



This Ana’ole chest piece is the male side counter part to his left side, female piece already in place. This piece is a personal expression of this person’s life journey and so out of respect to him I won’t go into detail of ‘why’, but will simply breakdown the symbols used.

This is the god Ku, spitting forth waves of water and lightning. There are other storm elements in this piece as well: rain and wind. The piece flows up his chest, to his shoulder where it transforms into the talon of a Hawaiian hawk, ‘io. All of the curved motifs such as waves, are formed with the Golden Ratio in mind. All of the motifs are also reflecting Fibonacci sequences, mainly in the 1,1,2,3,5,8 range. The GR and FS was part of his request and I decided to make the entire piece reflect these qualities instead of just a few motifs.


a- the god Ku, god of war
b- fire, ahi / ama kopeka, this symbolizes power and guidance
c- koru placed in the style of a warrior at the edges of the mouth
d- shark teeth, niho mano, strength and ferocity
e- waves, nalu
f- rain, ua
g- lightning, uila
h- talon of ‘io, inset with twin etua for strength as well as arrows of FS
i- etua, in this case a gosling of strength that is holding up the gust of wind coming from the ‘io talon
j- wind, makani, this is a vortex of wind created by the talon
k- feathers, hulu, these are feathers of the hawk inset with vanes of FS





This ‘io (Hawaiian hawk) is one of four of this person’s na aumakua. ‘io is inset with traditional Poly symbol for manu (bird), on its back. Mata hoata (brilliant eyes) on its tail and wind above and below. Also hope vehine symbol above its head honoring the twin goddesses of tattoo, and protecting the ‘io’s back. woo hoo!

Ana'ole Ploy (chest)
This is Ana’ole Polynesian, a style that I have been cultivating over the past three years. I utilize the Golden Mean, Chinese/Western astrology, chakras and i’ ching in the design process. I aim to create pieces that look as if they are in motion, almost as if the piece itself is alive. So much of modern Poly is an amalgamation of antiquated symbols whose meanings have been lost to time. My intention is to modernize the genre in a way that speaks to our modern sensibilities.

This tattoo was for a person going through many life changing experiences and because his journey is personal, I won’t go into too much detail out of respect for his story.

His chest represents himself and his son as they charge ahead through life. There is a sun directly behind both of them which is a symbol of enlightenment and courage as well as providing a light to better help illuminate the path that he is now on. In the center of the sun is a turtle shell which represents protection. Directly beneath their faces is the maka nui or all seeing eye. This symbol is meant to steal the power of his enemies as well as strike fear into their hearts. Because this person ended up having so many ‘earth’ related indicators in his ‘chart’ I utilized an earth motif throughout the piece. Which is why there is a single palm frond (royalty) between the eye and the faces.

Moving up his neck are 3 waves which represent his past, present and future. The past wave falls upon his back indicating that his past is behind him. The wave is riddled with caves which represent darkness and kiawe thorns which represent obstacles. The center wave is the present which moves down to the top of his shoulder which is an unfurling palm frond, a symbol of growth.  The future wave is at his neck and is filled with seeds which represent opportunity and change. Underneath the palm frond is a checker board pattern which represents wind, also a symbol of change and it also represents Kohala (a windy place to live) which is where he is from.

The arm piece is where he will derive his strength, and is dominated by the ‘io, or Hawaiian Hawk. This bird is a symbol of strength, nobility and power. The hawk has an awakened third eye which symbolizes enlightenment and higher consciousness. Above the eye are three stars which are also symbols of enlightenment and direction so that he does not lose his way. Moving up toward his shoulder we see a leaf of aloe unfurling, which symbolizes healing. In the cheek of the hawk there are flames to bring elemental balance to the tattoo. Behind the hawks head is a stem of bamboo which symbolizes strength, will and flexibility. Above the hawk are two swirls of wind representing the sky and change.

This piece is 99% finished as of today. All that is left to do is fill the small triangular shape on his shoulder and the small space behind his arm.

This represents 18 hours of work, with 12 alone spent on lining!