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Tattoo News - April 2011


In my last newsletter I had several links about the Maori paintings by Gottfried Lindauer. This time I'll feature Charles Fredrick Goldie, another early artist that did spectacular paintings of tattooed Maori. Several of his pieces are at and A brief summary of his life is at or read a more detailed biography at

Maori Mehndi-Moko artist, Gina Wright is doing some interesting work incorporating traditional moko with Hindu mehndi techniques. See

The Merrie Monarch Hula Competition in Hilo is fast approaching! For those of you outside the hula community -- Merrie Monarch is a HUGE International hula festival & competition held in honor of King Kalakaua, the monarch who largely revived hula in the later part of the 1800s. The event draws tens of thousands if folks worldwide. It will be broadcast live over he internet -- see

If you are in Hilo, I'll be doing a presentation & book signing at Basically Books on Thursday Apr. 28th at 11:00 am in downtown Hilo. Come by & say hi!

My most recent book, THE POLYNESIAN TATTOO TODAY is once again, out-of-print! Amazon and most book dealers (as well as the publisher's warehouse) are completely sold out. I do have a couple of remaining cases and can still fill orders from my website -- see There are several reviews on the bottom of the page worth reading.

Traditional tattooist Su'a Sulu'ape Aisea Toetu'u posted a well written blog recently about a problem a number of tattooists face:


I'm currently on the road and was scheduled to return home in mid-April, but due to the passing of a dear friend in Denver, I am extending my stay in the east SF area and heading to Denver briefly. Immediately afterward I'll be on the Big Island for Merrie Monarch, returning home on May 3rd.

My next CA trip will be late May through the first week of June in the LA area, then up to SF in mid to late June. I will be back again to all 3 cities (LA, SF and Oceanside) in Aug/Sept. If you are interested, I can be reached at (808) 734-8677 or you can e-mail, although I talk FAR faster than I type so I far prefer the phone whenever possible. If you are e-mailing, please include your phone number.

Clients serious about appointments in the SF or LA area in May/June. LA & SF areas in late May -- June, please sign up by May 10th for a guaranteed appointment. See    If you are a new client, it will help to read the FAQ and SCHEDULE links.


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