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Tattoo News - September 2011


There’s quite a bit of good information on a number of Pacific cultures are included on the site which are well worth browsing.

Tongan lalava (lashing) artist, Filipe Tohi has a great site at His sculptures, paintings and works in other medium are inspired by traditional lashing designs which are commonly used in tattoo.

Melbourne tattooist Shane Gallagher Coley has some impressive work on his site. See 

Benoit Robitaille has written a extremely thorough paper on the development of perpendicularly hafted traditional tattoo tools. Anyone with a sincere interest in traditional techniques will find this an invaluable resource, and finally it is online!. See 


Arlington, TX: I'll be giving a presentation, A Tattoo Tour of Polynesia on Saturday Sept 10th, 6 - 8:30 pm ay Unimax West, 2055 E. Division St and is free & open to the public. We’ll also have a photo exhibition & book sale/signing. For more details, call 817-394-1705.

O'ahu, HI: In October I'll be giving a 3 part lecture series at Windward Community College, . A Tattoo Tour of Polynesia (the general overview) is Oct 11th, followed by two in-depth presentations--Tattoo Traditions of the Marquesas is Oct 18th and Tattoo Traditions of Hawai’i is Oct 25th. All presentations are from 12:30 to 2:00 pm and free & open to the public.


The Polynesian Tattoo Today, my most recent book is doing amazingly well. It’s now in it’s 3rd printing in under a year and won two first place awards from the Hawai’i Book Publishers Association! It is available on my website: see Please note that International shipping is more and varies from country to country, so use the e-mail link for a shipping quote. All online orders require PayPal payment.


This current trip is my 100th tattoo trip to California. Although I will still be coming out to the mainland I am going to try to cut back on the frequency, reducing it from 4 trips a year to 2, or perhaps 3. So if you are serious about an appointment, book it NOW!!

Aug 25 - Sept 4:: Tattooing in Los Angeles (Forever Hawaiian)
Sept 11:: Lecture and book signing at Unimax in Arlington, TX
Sept 14 – Oct 2: Tattooing in the SF Area (Pleasanton and Scotts Valley)
Oct 7 – mid-Nov: Home on O’ahu

If you are interested in an appointment, please call me at (808) 734-8677, but if I do not pick up, please leave a message as I cannot take calls while I’m tattooing. You can try e-mailing me at Please do include your phone number & let me know how late I can call as I often work late hours.

If you are in the LA area, feel free to stop by Forever Hawaiian at their new location (2140 Artesia Blvd. Suite #F Gardena/Torrance, across from Pizza Hut on the SE corner of Van Ness, just a few doors down from Teri’s Place) anytime during my above dates except Wed afternoon Aug 31st I’ll be leaving early. I do have a couple of remaining openings.

If you are interested but not quite ready, in So. CA I can do consultations anytime so stop in and watch, look through my photo albums & books, and we can talk about future appointments. In the SF area, I’m in a private studio, so call ahead or e-mail for a consultation.


Tricia Allen
CA recording: (510) 802-2155
Cell/text: (808) 734-8677

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