I found some rather rough photocopies of drawings of tattoos from Palau on the internet.
They appear to be Japanese, and from some sort of anthropological publication c. the 1920s or thereabouts. I couldn’t find any more bibliographical information and – not being able to read the Japanese notes on the photocopies (because I can’t read Japanese, not because the photocopy was too rough) – couldn’t find out any more about the drawings themselves. A few of the plates seem to have printed annotations in German, which suggests to me that this might be a later (?) Japanese edition of an original (?) German book.
Does anyone know where I should go to find out more about Palauan tattoos? Is it a traditional art that’s been preserved or curated on Palau? Does anyone still practice traditional tattooing?