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Tattoo News - October 2011

On O'ahu:  I'll be giving 3 presentations on various aspects of Polynesian tattoo at Windward Community College.
Oct 11th:  A Tattoo Tour of Polynesia is a fun, fast moving overview of the art in the primary Polynesian groups.
Oct 18th:  Tattoo Traditions of the Marquesas Islands is an in-depth look at one of the more complex tattoo traditions of the Pacific.
Oct 25th:  Tattoo Traditions of Hawai'i is a detailed analysis of the tattoo practices in early Hawai'i. 
All events are from 12:30 - 2:00 pm in Hale Akoakoa, room 101-103 and are free and open to the public.
In the SF area:  Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu is doing their annual performance at The Palace of Fine Arts on Oct 15 & 16, and 21st-23rd.  It should be a great show!  See  
Also in the SF area, the Berkeley Freight & Salvage is having a Hawaiian Music Festival on Fri Oct 21st. See for details. 
If you are in the Santa Cruz area, make sure to check out Pono's Hawaiian Grill for great food (9 types of poke) and live music on Friday evenings:
Handy's work on Marquesan legends from the 1922 expedition is all online at  Elements from Marquesan legends are often incorporated into tattoo motifs so reading the legends will help make sense of the tattoos.
An interesting timeline focusing not only on the history and settlement of Oceania, but also on the art is included in the Metropolitan Museum's website. See  Scroll through both the timeline and the slideshow.  You can also take a virtual tour via a YouTube video:
Another beautiful YouTube video that was a student project on body ornamentation in the Amazon region is at I enjoyed the video but couldn't wonder about photographer's credits and permissions. If they were all her original photographs, they are IMPRESSIVE!  If not, I would truly appreciate credits.
Wendy Arbeit's book, Links to the Past: The Work of Early Hawaiian Artisans is now in print & available from The University of Hawai'i Press. Anyone with an interest in Hawaiian artifacts will treasure this!
If you can get your hands on the September issue of Skin & Ink Magazine (released in August), there was a feature article on Tongan tattooist, Aisea Toetu'u. You can see the cover online at so you know what you are looking for. Congrats, Aisea!!
I am staying put on O'ahu for sometime, with the exception of Nov 13 - 29th I may be in Caracas Venezuela.  Otherwise you can reach me via e-mail at or phone either number below.  I will be back on the mainland in the Spring/Summer of 2012.  Dates to be announced—watch my future newsletters.

Tricia Allen
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