Tattoo News - May 2013
Good accurate information on the history of traditional tattoos is rare online. I often wish i could include more links! Here's a good overview of the tattoo history world-wide: http://tattootemple.hk/history-of-tattooing
An interesting discussion of evaluating "tribal" or non-Western art is at http://www.paleobree.com/page4.htm More information on Tribal art is on Michael Hamson's webpage: http://michaelhamson.com/catalog_2006/catalog.htm An overview of African art, as well as some reasonably priced pieces for sale, is at http://www.rebirth.co.za/index.html Check the links in the right-hand column as well. Exquisite African jewelry is pictured and discussed at http://www.contemporary-african-art.com/african-jewelry.html#sthas Also see http://www.dorjedesigns.com/. These are contemporary pieces using traditional older beads and materials. Glancing through the gallery & looking at pricing, I am quite glad that I've been buying antique beads and pendants for the last couple of decades!
Speaking of traditional designs on jewelry, David Morgan's beautiful line of Pacific Northwest inspired art is at http://www.davidmorgan.com/index.php?cPath=5_112
Some innovative adaptions of Papua New Guinea designs on jewelry is at http://kara-jewellers.com/main.htm While looking for traditional jewelry & body art, I ran across this page with has some spectacular pieces: http://pinterest.com/mariannegassier/ethnic-look-jewelry/, although I find Pinterest frustrating as it seems near impossible to link back to or credit the originator or creator. More fun, ethnic jewelry, Novica, the online store of National Geographic, has some fun pieces as well as great other ethnic arts. http://jewelry.novica.com/ Check out their masks, also!
Buying direct from the author is always best. Few people realize that the author's royalties are often only 6%! Support independent authors by buying direct!
Marquesan tattooist, Teiki Huukena has compiled a dictionary of Marquesan tattoo motifs that is now available in both English and French. See http://www.tiki-tattoo.com/Boutique/?fond=produit&id_produit=2&id_rubrique=1
Therese Mango's wonderful book Patterns of the Past on Cook Island tattooing is available direct from New Zealand: http://www.punaruaproductions.co.nz/
Of course my books are both still available for purchase from my website: http://www.thepolynesiantattoo.com/tattootoday.htm
The Pasifika Living Arts Showcase at the Pacific Island Ethnic Arts Museum in Long Beach is just around the corner, May 18th & 19th. This is a fun event with loads of hands-on activities for the whole family! I feel honored that the museum is my permanent tattoo locale while I'm in the LA area-- it is a beautiful space! Stop in during the festival or anytime the following week. See http://www.pieam.org/ for more details, and http://www.pieam.org/#!pasifikalivingartsshowcase/c1ed5 for a schedule of activities.
June 8 & 9th is the San Dimas Ho'olaule'a. This event is in a natural setting and includes animal displays and an animal sanctuary in addition to the Island theme crafts and entertainment. See http://alohaworld.com/events/event/389-2013-san-dimas-hoolaulea
The Miss Pacific Islander Festival will be on June 28th in Chula Vista. Unfortunately I'll be in N CA by that time, but it should be a fun event! See https://www.facebook.com/events/138520593001648/ This benefits a scholarship fund for Pacific Islander women.
Sacramento folks: The Aloha Festival that used to be at the SF Presidio will be hosted by the Lauakea Foundation in Sacramento this year, October 5th. It promises to be a great event! In addition to the crafts vendors & ono Hawaiian food, of course there will be all-day entertainment as well as seminars & educational workshops. I'll be giving a presentation on the historical aspects of Polynesian Tattoo. I'll also be doing a guest-spot at Sideshow Tattoos, a wonderful tattoo studio in Sac that week prior to the festival-- http://www.sideshowstudios.com/index2.php. See the sign up procedures on my website: http://www.thepolynesiantattoo.com/schedule.htm. Please sign up by July 5th for a guaranteed appointment. We'll be having a reception and book signing at the shop on Sunday Sept. 29th. Mark your calendars and watch future newsletters for updates!
TRAVEL AND TATTOO SCHEDULE:
I'll be heading to CA soon and am finalizing appointments & art for this upcoming trip. If you are interested, call me QUICK! (808) 734-8677.
My dates may vary slightly, pending the final number of clients committed in each city. LA is filling fast, so I may need to extend my stay there and head to Oceanside slightly later.
|May 17 - 29 ||LA|
|June 1 - 9 ||Oceanside|
|June 15-30||SF East Bay Area|
| July 5- 30|| Home on O'ahu|
|Aug 4 - 12 ||Vancouver, BC|
|Aug 21- Sept 1|| LA |
|Sept 3 - 8 ||Oceanside|
|Sept 14 - 24||Pleasanton (SF area)|
|Sept 30 - Oct 4||Sacramento |
|Oct 5 ||Sacramento Aloha Festival|
|Nov 6 - Dec 4 ||Aotearoa (New Zealand)|
|Dec 6 - May 15 2014|| Home on O'ahu|
To my regular CA clients: Give a call if you you want ink & haven't scheduled yet. Let's get you on the calendar soon! 808-734-8677.
Artist Jordan Souza will be with me for a portion of my time in LA in May. You can see Jordan's tattoo art throughout his various Facebook pages or on his new site: http://www.PolynesianTattoo.net You can contact him directly re. scheduling at 808-387-9967. Please leave a BRIEF description of what you have in mind and your phone number.