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Tattoo News - June 2011

I'm departing very soon for my next CA trip. Also, I will NOT have internet access during my upcoming LA stay, so I will NOT be receiving e-mail from June 1-14, please call instead.

Maarten Hesselt van Dinter has a website on traditional tattoos from many cultures. It's a fun, informative site, but as always, I'll forewarn viewers that some of the illustrations are later copies and engravings so the drawings are not all necessarily accurate. Regardless, it's a good site and worth browsing! He's really done a great job!

I get a lot of requests from folks outside the US for referrals. There ARE several excellent artists in Europe. To name just a few, Rob Deut is in Ymuiden near Amsterdam & is online at Jacqueline Spoerle is in Luzern, Switzerland and can be contacted on Facebook or you can see her work at In the UK, see Tony Unwin's work at There's quite a few Marquesans and Tahitians working in France. I'll include links in my next newsletter.

A very interesting case regarding a case copyright infringement of a tattoo artist's work is summarized at This is somewhat of a landmark case as it could set a precedent for future cases of copied tattoos and the issue of legal ownership.

Some stunning jewelry that incorporates Polynesian tattoo motifs is at  Unfortunately they do not sell online, but only through their Tokyo stores. Anyone going to Tokyo?

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has launched a new database compiling many resources on people & things Hawaiian. It is an amazing resource & worth a bit of time browsing if you are of Hawaiian descent, researching genealogy or Hawaiian culture:

June 4th - June 12th: Los Angeles
June 18th - July 3rd : east SF area
July 8th - Aug 5th: home on O'ahu

My following trip:
Early August: Oceanside
Late Aug - early Sept: LA
Med-Sept - early Oct: East SF

Currently I'm madly packing & preparing for my upcoming departure. My LA schedule is close to full, but I do keep a wait list in case of cancelations, and I can do consultations. It appears that I will have some openings in the SF area. Please call me at (808) 734-8677 or you can e-mail me at 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.

NOTE: I will NOT have internet during my LA dates, so please do not e-mail during that time, call instead.

If you are a new client, more details on signing up are online at  Also, the FAQ link on my website has quite a bit of info on the process-it may help to read it over:

LA clients: I will be at a new location in Northridge. If you are currently signed up you should have received the address via e-mail. I will also put it on the recording on my CA voice mail number: 510-802-2155. Also, I will have a new apprentice with me, so if you are interested in an appointment with a skilled newbie at very reasonable rates, let me know. If finances have been a deterring you, here's your chance!


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