By the early 18th century, European visitors to Polynesia began receiving tattoos as souvenirs from distant lands, or even after having been adopted by particular tribes. The naturalist Joseph Banks, who traveled with Captain Cook on his first voyage to the South Pacific, provided perhaps the earliest (1769) account of a Tahitian tattooing session. More importantly, he also recorded the local term for the custom (tatau or tattow), a word that has been borrowed countless times to describe this contemporary art form. You can read more information about tribal tattoos and their history on the web site of famous tattoo hunter Lars Krutak.
Enjoy these tribal ornaments made by Franz.