It is an old tradition for the chiefs and any man deserving respect, to have geometrical tattoos on their body from waist to knee.
The designs have meanings like the designs on tapa cloth.
Old-style tattoos are painful and it is right of manhood, bravery and perseverance to get the tattoo. Every big chief needs a good tattoo
Photos from a tattoo festival:http://www.samoanews.com/2006FestPhotos/
Samoan chiefly tattoos, waist to knee in geometric designs