Polynesian culture has a rich history and a distinct style of tattooing, and the turtle is one of the common motifs with endless design possibilities.
In fact, the sea turtle is the most important totem animal in Polynesia. It symbolizes longevity, wellness, fertility, family and harmony. Since the sea is regarded as the source of food, the turtle is seen as a navigator, guiding fishermen towards finding their livelihood and safely back to shore.
Many branches of Polynesian culture also believe the sea to be the world beyond which one will cross over after death. The turtle, being able to move freely between land and water, is the mediator which will bring the soul to its final destination.