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Tattoo News - December 2008


Francis Tekatoha's website is on the tattoo traditions of Rennell & Bellona, Polynesian outliers located within the Solomon Islands. The situation here is quite different than elsewhere in Polynesia, as traditional tattooing was practiced until very recently so the knowledge base is fairly intact. Practitioners today have been able to revive the chant, dance, accompanying rituals with a good deal of accuracy and authenticity.

As most of you know, I just returned from Tattoonesia on Tahiti. Check out my photo gallery at :

Also see and watch the video clips here as well.

Some good photos of contemporary Tahitian tattoo can be found at (check each artist's link), and Roonui's site is at If you read French, check out A brief article on Tahitian tattoo is at

If you are seriously interested in the ancient practice, there is an excellent paper with a number of previously unpublished original illustrations of Tahitian tattoo by Anne D'Alleva, in the 2005 publication, TATTOO: Bodies, Art, and Exchange in the Pacific and the West, edited by Nicholas Thomas, Anna Cole and Bronwen Douglas. It is available for purchase on for about $23.00 & is well worth having. See For a brief preview, the abstracts are online at

Maarten Hesselt , author of several books on traditional tattoo has a great website at
An excellent article summarizing the need for changes in our state health tattoo regulations is online at l Also see An article on the native Hawaiian practice is at


Nov 15 - 26th home on O'ahu
Nov 28th - Dec 10th Redondo Beach (LA area)
Dec 12h - on home on O'ahu through early next year

I was scheduled to be in San Francisco this next CA trip, however there are not enough folks signed up or committed to appointments to justify a SF trip right now, whereas there are PLENTY in LA. Hence the change. If you are interested in an appointment, please call me at 808-734-8677, or e-mail when I am HOME (see above dates). While in CA I can be reached at (510) 802-2155. E-mail is NOT my best means of communication when I am traveling. Details on signing up are on the web at
If you are signed up for this upcoming LA trip and want to schedule, please do give me a call. I am in the process of trying to reach you all by phone. I will be back in the SF area in the spring of '09.


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