Haida tattoos originated in Canada’s west coast by the Haida tribe. These tattoos contained subjects of personal significance in the form of family crests, animals, and mythical beings that the Haida tribe considered spiritually significant.
Hereof, is it offensive to get a Haida tattoo?
The general opinion amongst the tattoo community, including most artists and tattooed people is that so long and its not done to be insulting to the different culture involved it’s an acceptable form of art. … If you aren’t trying to insult another culture I wouldn’t be concerned.
Subsequently, is it disrespectful to get a Japanese tattoo?
If Japanese tattoo artists are okay with sharing, then it’s just a mattter of being respectful. So, as stated, avoiding religious imagery, as well as anything that might be strictly reserved for, say, Japanese warriors, or anything specifically about being Japanese, would be advisable.
Is it disrespectful to get a Hawaiian tattoo?
No, and yes.
Creating a Polynesian tattoo that tells your own story and being able to say what it represents, shows that you acknowledge and respect the importance of such tattoo and therefore it is not seen as disrespectful. It shows your appreciation and admiration for Polynesian art and culture.
I think I’m going to avoid this tattoo, I wasn’t overly comfortable with the idea, but now I know it makes me fully uncomfortable. I have several indigenous friends and they find it disrespectful and personally I would agree with them. But if you really want it, go for it, just know some people will find it offensive.