Tattoo News - January 2007
I've had the honor of curating a couple of exhibitions at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The upcoming show, Hawaii and It's People: Original Drawings by Jacques Arago and Louis Choris, will run January 10th through May 6th, upstairs in the John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Gallery. See
IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Art Gallery at Cal. State Univ. Northridge is hosting an exhibition, Island Affinities: Contemporary Art of Oceania. The opening reception is Thurs. Feb. 1st from 6-8 pm and the exhibition runs through March 1st.
Chris Rainer's photo book, Ancient Marks: The Sacred Origins of Tattoos and Body Markings is available on Amazon. See
My book, Tattoo Traditions of Hawai'i, sold out in seven months and is now in it's second printing. It can be ordered from my website:
http://www.tattootraditions.alohaworld.com/tattootraditions/book.htm. Domestic orders only, please! For foreign orders, I suggest Amazon.com as they are in Canada, the UK, Germany, Japan, France & China. Just link to your home country at the bottom of the page. Go to
ON THE WEB
If you are interested in art and copyright, an interesting situation has arisen in Hawai'i.
The issue is whether Kim Taylor Reese can hold copyright on a hula pose. See http://www.kgmb9.com/kgmb/display.cfm?storyID=9549
http://starbulletin.com/2006/11/03/news/story04.html and the most recent article:
There have been numerous previous cases instigated by Reese, so Vicki Takamine Holt is leading quite a battle.
I've recently rekindled my love for Bobo (as well as other African) art. There is a good website at
One of the most interesting heavily tattooed individuals I've come to know in my travels is Bruno Loyale of Circus Bruno in Samoa, In addition to wearing some
beautiful Polynesian tattoos (including a pe'a), Bruno is quite the talented Circus Master. see a short video clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwncJz-JGMM
My carpal tunnel surgery was cancelled, so I will be back in California a bit sooner than expected. Here are my CONFIRMED dates:
home until Feb. 13th
San Francisco (east bay): Feb. 15th - 25th
Los Angeles: Mar. 3rd - 11th
Oceanside: Mar. 15th - 25th
home the month of April
My upcoming trip has a lot of sign-ups already, so don't snooze! Oceanside, in particular, is filling fast. Call me at home on O'ahu if you are serious about an appointment: 808 734-8677. I far prefer the phone for initial inquiries as I talk far faster than I type, but if you really prefer e-mail, it's email@example.com. Details on signing up are on my website at:
http://www.tattootraditions.alohaworld.com/tattootraditions/policy.htm although please do call before signing up to check current availability, as I take a maximum of 45 people per city.
I hope you all had a very happy holiday season and best wishes for a happy, healthy new year!