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Jason Momoa Said Getting A Traditional Native Hawaiian Tattoo On His Head Was A “Powerful Moment” In His Life
Getting a traditional Polynesian tattoo is a great honor, as it connects you with your ancestors and symbolizes your dedication to the culture.

Jason Momoa Said Getting A Traditional Native Hawaiian Tattoo On His Head Was A “Powerful Moment” In His Life

In case you missed it, Jason Momoa posted a video yesterday where he briefly shared his new head tattoo.

@maineikinimaka / @leicacamerausa / Jason Momoa /  instagram.com

Then, the artist uses handmade tools to tap the ink into the skin, which is way more painful than the modern tattoo machines.

@maineikinimaka / @leicacamerausa / Jason Momoa / instagram.com

The person getting the tattoo is often surrounded by loved ones, who usually offer support in the form of songs, comfort, and food.

@maineikinimaka / @leicacamerausa / Jason Momoa / instagram.com

Getting a Polynesian tattoo in the traditional way is a great honor, as it connects you with your ancestors and symbolizes your dedication to the culture.

While Jason didn’t mention the meaning behind his new tattoo, he has explained the one on his arm, which represents shark teeth as a tribute to his aumakua. For Native Hawaiians, the aumakua is an ancestor who comes back in a different form, often as an animal, to protect their descendants. Jason’s family’s guardian spirit is a shark.

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His tattoo is “supposed to take the darkness out of your heart and bring the light in,” he said at the Armageddon Expo. “But we’re still working on that,” he joked.

So this new tattoo could be another way to honor his aumakua, but the designs look like Native Hawaiian spearheads to me (though I’m no expert!). There are several variations of spearhead designs across the islands, but it’s very common in Polynesian tattoos.

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I’m Samoan, so the spearheads in my tattoo were done in the typical Samoan fashion. To me, they represent protection. But for many other Polynesians, they can symbolize the warrior, providing for your family, courage in battle, and more.

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Whatever the meaning, I’m sure it’s personal and powerful to Jason! I’m so proud of any Polynesian who embarks on this journey and endures the pain of the traditional tattoos for the culture. Malo, Jason!

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