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Polynesian tattoo by Dmitry Babakhin

11 / 10 / 2019 Oleg Zarvsky
Tattoo artist Dmitry Babakhin / Photo: Sergei Sarakhanov

Tattoo, as a form of art, is deeply rooted to the history of humanity. One of the oldest cultures is the Polynesian tattoo.

Each such tattoo made it possible to «read» its owner: his origin, occupation, life position, as well as the degree of immersion in ritual practice, because unlike modern comfortable and safe conditions for tattooing, the process of creating Polynesian tattoos in past was accompanied not only with pain, but also real risks to human health and even life.

Tattoo artist Dmitry Babakhin, black Polynesian tattoo | Saint Petersburg, Russia

Into Polynesians usually include residents of New Zealand, the Marquesas Islands, Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and others.

Interestingly, that on the Marquesas Islands, only the chief and his family were allowed to get tattoos.

Tattoo artist Dmitry Babakhin, black Polynesian tattoo | Saint Petersburg, Russia

Now, in contemporary art, the Polynesian tattoo is very popular precisely because of its ancient history and the external attractiveness of tattoos achieved by numerous combinations of traditional symbols of this culture.

Dmitry Babakhin — a tattoo artist from St. Petersburg, is a real Russian master of Polynesian tattoo. In his work, Dmitry specializes in the tattoo of the Marquesas Islands. His colossal experience and a high degree of immersion in Polynesian culture allows him to give birth to attractive masterpieces, embodying the life stories of modern people in the traditions of the island's tattooing.

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Tattoo artist Dmitry Babakhin

Tattoo artist Dmitry Babakhin

Text: Oleg Zarvsky