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Tattoo News - July/August 2013

A good site touching on some of the more significant aspects of Samoan tatau is at A nice video showcasing the pe'a or Samoan men's tattoo is at A video of the Samoan village presentation at the Polynesian Cultural Center at>.  The tattooed members of Tatau, A Samoan dance troupe that originated in Auckland, has a video online at

There's a nice brief appearance by Samoan Tufuga Su'a Suluape Peter in a video clip from the Christchurch Arts Festival. Unfortunately the buildings took  considerable damage in recent earthquakes, so hopefully repairs can be made and the center can reopen.  h

There are excellent videos from the Maori performances at the Kapa Haka competition at and 

Several of the top groups are featured in a highlights video at

An impressive female competitor was featured in a news brief:  Some real warriors can be seen at  

In 2011 a Maori group participated in the Merrie Monarch Hoike:

One of the more unusual performances to be presented on the Merrie Monarch stage is at>. To put these moves and malo in a more traditional context, see

The Pitt Rivers Museum has a good virtual exhibition online featuring various forms of body art-both temporary and permanent.  See

An excellent article on Pacific prehistory is online at

Don Ed Hardy's HardyMarks publishing has an impressive selection of books available at including a gorgeous boxed set of TATTOOTIME which has a fair number of articles on Pacific Island and tribal tattoo, including one of my early articles on Marquesan tattoo.  Hardy's new book ART FOR LIFE is also available here.


VANCOUVER, BC:  The Pacific Arts Association is having their conference August 6-9th at UBC in Vancouver. This is an international conference that occurs every two years in a different country and this time it promises to be a lively event with visiting Pacific scholars and artists attending, including a number from Aotearoa. See

SACRAMENTO:  On Sunday, September 29th at 6PM there will be a reception & book signing at Sideshow Tattoo at 2111 28th St.  Come!  You can buy my books if you don't yet have copies and meet the crew at Sideshow, where I'll be tattooing the following week.

October 5th is the Sacramento Aloha Festival, where I'll have a booth and give a presentation on Polynesian tattoo history.  Details are online at h


August 3 - 9th:  Vancouver, BCbr>August 17- 29th:  Los Angeles
September 2 -8th:  Oceanside
September 14 - 24th:  East SF Bay Area
September 30 - October 4th:  Sacramento
OOctober 5th:  Sacramento Aloha Festival

To my regular CA clients: Give a call if you want ink & haven't scheduled yet. Let's get you on the calendar SOON! 808-734-8677.

To new clients: please check out the schedule link on my website and the FAQ. There's a good bit of info there on signing up & the designing/planning process.  And then contact me SOON!  My schedule fills well in advance.


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