Tattoo News - October 2005
September 24 & 25 was the 11th annual San Diego Pacific Islander Cultural Festival. This years event was exciting, as we were treated to a demonstration of traditional Samoan tattooing by Tufunga Aisea Toetu'u and Uili Tasi.
Aisea Toetu'u is in California through the end of October and has a limited number of appointments available for those serious about experiencing a traditional tattoo with bone tools. Aisea can be reached at (808) 330-5612.
On the web
In a small New Zealand town called Nelson on the northern tip of the South Island there is an annual Wearable Art Competition. This started in the '80's as a very small event and has really taken off. Held every September, the event has grown beyond belief. There is now a multi-million dollar permanent facility to display the collection as well as provide storage & studio space. If you can't check out the museum, at least check out their website. The winners are on the web at http://www.worldofwearableart.com/2003_winners.html
Some great photos of traditional peoples and excellent articles at http://www.tribalphoto.com/ There's some great body art here, although no tattoos. Also see http://www.cs.org/ and http://www.culturesontheedge.com/gallery/.
October 4 - 11: Island Legends in Gardena (LA Area)
October 14 - 24: home on O'ahu
October 28 - November 22: Tahiti (unavailable via phone & e-mail)
November 23 - mid-January: home on O'ahu
January 19 - 29: LA area
January 31 - Feburary 5: Oceanside
February 10 - 16: Livermore (east San Francisco area)
February 18 - 21: Aloha Warehouse, San Francisco
March: home on O'ahu
If you are in the LA area, I am now at Island Legends in Gardena, stop by anytime during store hours (see http://islandlegends.com/) to discuss a future appointment. If you are interested in n appointment during the Jan/Feb trip, please sign up no later than December 15th, as my schedule fills early. I will be available the month of December to correspond with those who are signed up regarding designs. For appointments in Hawai'i, call me at home during the dates specified above-my home number is (808)734-8677. In CA, (510) 802-2155.