Traditional Tahitian tattoos are made up of symbols that, in the ancient days (dating back to 1500 B.C.), represented one’s genealogy and social rank. Today, they represent ancestors and interests. If a yacht owner or charter guest were to visit Moorea Tattoo, Samuela’s parlor, the design might include star constellations, which Samuela’s ancestors used to navigate the seas, as well as wind, birds and the ocean. “Each tattoo is unique and representative of that person’s story,” he says.