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Tattoo News - May 2010

Tongan tattooists Afa and Carl Cocker have recently revamped their website. Have a look at If you are interested in Tongan arts, see Filipe Tohi's site There is a lot of continuity between Tongan tattoo & lashing patterns, and Filipe's work is impressive! Tattooist Samuel Morgan Shaw has also revised his site. You can find it at Samuel has recently returned to Kauai from a year abroad, so have a look if you are a Kauai resident looking for new ink.

My new book, THE POLYNESIAN TATTOO TODAY is off to a great start! This week it was #4 on the Hawaii best sellers list! The book launch went very well, as have initial reviews & media coverage. To list list a few, reviews are at,,, , and perhaps the best is at

The book can be ordered online from my website: Please note that the link to PayPal is shipping within the US only. If you are out of the country, please e-mail me for a shipping estimate & I can send you a PayPal invoice for the proper amount.

There are still a couple more book signings & events scheduled, both on Oahu & in California, see

The Gorman Museum at the University of California-Davis will host Niu Pasifik: Urban Art from the Pacific Rim, 6 April-13 June 2010. Niu Pasifik, an exhibition of contemporary art including artwork from Aotearoa/New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Hawai'i, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. The show features graphic art, painting, drawing, animation, hip-hop video, sculpture, photography, tattoo, embroidery/textile, and street fashion. For more information, e-mail

The Indianopolis Museum of Art has a decent collection of Oceanic art, much of which is posted online: see

An online listing of Tribal galleries, some with excellent photos, is on the web at

In Carlsbad, CA: I'll be hanging a photographic exhibition on contemporary Polynesian Tattoo at Vinaka, a great Fijian theme coffee house upstairs at the Village Square in downtown Carlsbad. The opening reception is Monday, May 31st from 6 - 9 pm. We'll be serving kawa (free!) and other food & refreshments will be available for sale. It should be a fun evening! Come!!

May 27 Lecture and book signing at Santa Monica College
May 29 Hawaiian Surf Club Luau in San Clemente
May 31 Photo exhibition reception & book signing at Vinaka in Carlsbad, 6-9 pm.
June 13 Book signing at the Borders on Hawthorne in Torrance
See EVENTS on my website for details

May 31 - June 6 Tattooing in Oceanside at Momilani's
June 10 - 20 Tattooing in the LA area at Alyssa's in Redondo
June 26 - July 10 Tattooing in SF Bay area at the Pleasanton studio
July 15th - late August home on Oahu

If you are interested in an appointment, please call me QUICK at (808) 734-8677 or e-mail me at SOON! I depart for CA May 23rd & have far less access to the internet and my design archives there than here, so it's to your advantage to talk with me before my departure. I far prefer the phone for initial contact as I talk far faster than I type. If you are calling AFTER May 23rd, my CA number is 510 802-2155. If you are currently signed up, please give me a call as I just started scheduling actual appointment times. And as always, please feel free to stop by any of my CA locations to say hi during my stay.

My apprentice Jordan Souza will be in Southern CA working with me. Jordan does excellent work, and works in a larger range of styles than I do (I limit it to traditional blackwork) and at a slightly lower hourly rate. Jordan's woodcarvings can be seen at You can see his tattoo portfolio on Facebook, or at Please e-mail me with JORDAN in the subject category if you are interested in a session.

Aloha, Tricia

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