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Tattoo News - October 2005

Mainland News

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

Some great photos of traditional peoples and excellent articles at There's some great body art here, although no tattoos. Also see and

Tattoo schedule

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 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.


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