Tattoo News - December 2009
As you might know, I just returned from Aotearoa (New Zealand). Although my primary reason for the trip was meeting with the many tattooists there that are included in the new book, I saw some fantastic art, met some wonderful people, and saw many old friends. It was great, although quite a whirlwind tour, starting in Auckland, then on to Rotorua, then Wellington (where I got tattooed by Roger Ingerton, see http://www.rogerstattooart.co.nz/) before heading back up to Auckland for the tattoo convention.
While searching for websites of the many wonderful artists I met, I found a list of artists who participated in the UK exhibition Pasifika Styles is online at http://www.pasifikastyles.org.uk/exhibition/. There are audio interviews included with some of the participating artists. There is some tattoo related art as well. It is worth a browse!
Also see http://www.art-newzealand.com/Issue116/reuben.htm.
Even more great Maori art can be seen at http://www.maoriart.org.nz/maori_art_market
At the convention, I came to know Marisa Kakoulas (author of the Black Tattoo Art book) who has posted comments on the convention & photos at http://www.needlesandsins.com//a>.
Our long-time friend Michael from Australia also has some great photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/poto
A good overview of moko (Maori tattoo) is online at http://history-nz.org/maori3.html.
The Auckland Museum has a good website at: http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/.
One of my favorite places in Aotearoa is the World of Wearable Art Museum or WOW. You can see some great photos online at http://www.wowcars.co.nz/wearableart.html
I am working on another new book, WAHINE O LE TATAU & would like to invite tattooed Polynesian women and female tattooists be included. It is largely to tell the female side of the story-- to give a voice to women in the art. I am striving for Polynesian women only, even though that seems racist. At least I'll start with that & see if there's enough wahine. The first 75% or so will be tattooed women. Each woman will get a full page photo & a page to tell their story-- about 400 - 450 words. The tattooist is credited of course, and will get a listing in the ARTISTS CONTACTS in the back with the shop name, location & website or e-mail. Photographers credits will be included as well. The second section (25% or so) will feature female tattooists, with the same format for a photo & personal statement. Let me know if you are interested. My direct e-mail is email@example.com
MY TATTOO/TRAVEL SCHEDULE
Dec 4 - 11: East San Francisco area Dec 15 - late Feb: home on O'ahu
The following dates may vary, but only slightly, pending the final number of committed clients in each city.
Feb 27 - Mar 9: Los Angeles
Mar 12 - 21: Oceanside
Mar 30 - Apr 10: East San Francisco area
Apr 15 - 18: NATIONAL TATTOO CONVENTION, Seattle, WA
Apr 20 - 25: tattooing in Seattle (tentative, pending enough clients)
Apr 28 - May 18: home on O'ahu
May 27 - TATTOO LECTURE at Santa Monica City College
May 28 - Hawaiian Surf Club LU'AU in San Clemente
May 28 - June 13: Los Angeles
June 17 - 26: Oceanside
June 30 - July 10: home on O'ahu
Mid-July: HEIVA - Tahiti (tentative)
Aug - Sept: all 3 California cities
If you are interested in an appointment, please call me at 510 802-2155. The Dec. SF trip is short, so I may not have openings, but I can certainly meet with you for a consultation & discuss a design for my next trip. E-mail is NOT my best means of communication when I am traveling. During my time at home, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, otherwise, please call.
Tricia Allen http://www.tattootraditions.alohaworld.com