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Tattoo News - March 2010


The Polynesian Tattoo Today, my new book, is being released ahead of schedule! I will have copies and will be shipping out all mail orders the day I arrive in the SF area. See Place your order now & you’ll get a signed copy via Priority Mail ASAP!

If you are on O’ahu there will be a book release party & tattoo contest at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana on April 24th from 8 – 10 pm. Enter your tattoo in any one of 4 categories: Traditional Polynesian, Tribal, non-Polynesian or color. If you want to enter the contest, please arrive & register for the contests between 7:30- 8 pm.


SEATTLE: Respect Productions is hosting Aloha Jam V in Seattle April 10th featuring Ten Feet with local bands Island Bound and Unified Culture. It’s at Studio Seven - 110 Horton St in Seattle. Doors open @ 7pm till 1am. All ages welcome; 10 and under free, 21 and over Bar w/ID. Tickets are $15 presale $20@ door & available at as well as Ali'i & Sumo Hawaiian Grill, L & L Lynnwood, Bobby's Hawaiian Style Restaurant (Everett), Oahu's Restaurant, Kauai Family Restaurant, and Ohana's. I’ll have a table & be selling & signing books. Come!

SEATTLE: The National Tattoo Convention is taking place in Seattle April 15–18th at the Airport Doubletree Hotel. This is one of the best conventions going! I’ll be giving 2 seminars—one on the revival of the art in Polynesia on Sat. evening at 7 pm, and then an overview of the ancient art Sunday at noon. See for details. You must register for the convention to attend seminars, but there will be a LOT happening so it’s well worth it.

LOS ANGELES: Santa Monica College is hosting a lecture & book signing on Thurs. May 27th at 7:00 pm at HSS165. The presentation is A Tattoo Tour of Polynesia and is a fun, fast-moving illustrated overview of the Polynesian tattoo in ancient times. Call (310) 434-4303 for details, or see and scroll down the page. Refreshments will follow.

SAN CLEMENTE: On May 29th the Hawaiian Surf Club is having their annual Lu’au in San Clemente. It’s a great, fun day in the park with island arts, food, music and dance. I’ll have a booth, so stop by & say hi! Details are at

CARLSBAD: Vinaka Café in the Carlsbad Village Square will be the locale for a photo exhibition of images from the new book. We’re working on an opening reception which should take place on Memorial Day weekend—details & exact time TBA. Vinaka is a great island-theme independent coffee house & the tattoo images there should be just stunning! We hope to have several brief music & dance performances from Polynesian friends in the area. It should really be a fun event! It’s the first exhibition of prints from the new book. Come help make it a success!

Tattooist/woodcarver Jordan Souza will most likely be working with me in So CA during May & June. Jordan does a wider variety of styles than I do—see his work on his FACEBOOK page and e-mail if you are interested in booking with him.


A concise but good article on Tahitian tattooing is online at

Our friend Michael has been doing a lot of research on Pictish tattoos and has a 4 part blog entry on the art. Part one is at


Mar 12 - 21 Los Angeles, Island Legends (except the 13th)
Mar 27 - Apr 4 East San Francisco area, Pleasanton Studio
Apr 9 - 12 Tattooing in Seattle
Apr 22 - May 20 Home on O'ahu

I do have openings in LA this trip. If you are interested in an appointment, please call me at (510) 576-3410 or e-mail me at, but please include your phone number, as I far prefer the phone since I talk far faster than I type. If you are in the LA area, stop by Island Legends anytime during my above dates, except the 13th as I’ll be away at a wedding. This Friday Mar 12th is a good day to stop in for a consultation, if you are serious about getting on the schedule for this trip, but feel free to stop by anytime. Any schedule changes will be on my recording at the above number, so give a call first—again, 510 802-2155.


May 27th Lecture and book signing at Santa Monica College
May 29th Hawaiian Surf Club Lu’au in San Clemente
May 31 – June 6th Oceanside, Momilani’s Island Traditions
June 10 - 20th Los Angeles, Island Legends
June 26th – July 10th East SF Area, Pleasanton studio

The deadline for deposits from new clients for guaranteed appointments for the May/June/July trip is May 10th, but the sooner, the better as it allows us more time to correspond on your design. Late sign-ups are taken on a space-available basis, as usual. Please call me at home (808) 734-8677 between April 22 – May 20th for appointments during the June/July trip.


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