Both aesthetically beautiful and inexplicitly raw, dark geometric patterns against bronzed skin have made a huge comeback all over French Polynesia. The Marquesas are known for perfecting the art, but the best island to get a tattoo is Tahiti where there are the most artists (many are from the Marquesas). In pre-European times, this body art acted as a map to a person's social status and achievements, but today they are simply for beautification. However, many of the ancient patterns have been copied or provide inspiration for new designs.