Tricia Allen is a tattooist with
an extensive background in Polynesian history. Her approach to
the art is unique in that she has tattooed over 8000 members of
the Polynesian community, yet has an extensive academic
background. She completed her Master's thesis at the University
of Hawai'i at Manoa in 1992 on the early practice of tattooing
in the Marquesas Islands.
Having completed her Master's degree
in Anthropology, Allen began her doctoral research in the
islands, researching the revival of the arts in the Pacific. Her
work has taken her to Samoa, Aotearoa, New Caledonia, the
Society Islands, the Marquesas and Rapa Nui, as well as numerous
museums and institutions abroad.
Although Tricia's permanent home is in Hawaii, Tricia regularly
schedules trips to both Northern and Southern California by