Primary Sources in a nutshell
Secondary Sources in a nutshell
Early journals, especially ones from the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland have primary sources about tattoo traditions in Polynesia.
This journal has changed names over the years. For a listing of the names, and places that it can be found, please look here:
Many early explorers' accounts may be available in full-text through one of these digital libraries.
You can find references to primary sources in many theses written about the Pacific. Click the link below to check them out.
The Bishop Museum has published many ethnography and anthropological reports on a variety of Pacific Island cultures. Many of these reports are available full-text in the website linked below.