The art of Polynesian tattoos and... butts

As the kids are watching Moana, I google the history of Polynesian tattoos. Find a very interesting article, here! (

A couple of excerpts:

"As a rite of passage, men were expected to undergo up to three or four months of inking."

"Then came the healing process. The man’s wounds were washed in saltwater and his body was massaged for months to keep infection and impurities at bay. Even everyday tasks could trigger searing pain. But within half a year, the designs would begin to emerge on the skin, and within a year he would be fully healed."

"The ordeal was so severe that death by infection was a legitimate concern."

"It is indicative that the English word “tattoo” comes from the Polynesian word tatau, used from Tonga to Tahiti, which the British explorer James Cook brought back to England following his journey to Polynesia in 1771."

"Captain Cook also introduced the word “taboo” to the English language, upon returning from Tonga where he heard it being used (as “tapu”) to describe all manner of things forbidden."

Looking at the photos of tattooed men's butt cheeks next to the article, I then started googling, how does someone get a tattoo in their butt crack?

Well... I found the answer, but I am not going to post the photo here because 1) it's not mine and 2) it's probably not very appropriate, but if you also want to see a photo of how someone gets a tattoo in their butt crack, go to

It's pretty... impressive.

Also, I'm glad I'm not a man living in Polynesia in the 16th century.

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