Fijian tattoos, part of the Polynesian tribal tattoo tradition, typically consist of intricate series of black repeating pattern designs. The patterns are usually geometric, but they may include fish, palm trees, hibiscus flowers or other representations of Polynesian island culture. Polynesian tattoos often cover extensive areas of the body.
Fiji is on the edge of Melanesia and Polynesia. The tattoo style prevalent there has become known as tribal tattooing in the tattoo community because the indigenous tribes on these islands practiced "tatatau" throughout their history. Both men and women receive tattoos in their culture. The women's tattoos are simple and delicate, while the men's tattoos are bold, symbolizing strength.