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Friday, March 26, 2010

Tattoo Designs of Polynesia Receive Fresh Ink

Tattoo Designs of Polynesia Receive Fresh Ink

A new book celebrates the art of Polynesian tattooing.

Courtesy of Mutual Publishing

Noted tattoo researcher and practitioner Tricia Allen has inked a new book, The Polynesian Tattoo Today.

It’s a follow up to her 2007 Tattoo Traditions of Hawaii, which covered the tools, techniques, motifs and history of tattoos in the Islands. The new book compiles 200 images of contemporary Polynesian tattoos. It also has profiles of famed artists worked in this genre, such as Manu Farrarons (Tahiti) and Sua Suluape Aiesa Toetuu (Honolulu).

The photos are fascinating, but equally meaningful are the descriptions that with each tattoo design. Most of the tattoos were done in the Pacific, including many created at the Tattonesia festivals over the years.

Local tattoo fans will enjoy seeing the work of Polynesian Tattoo Factory, in Hauula; House of Ink, in Kailua; 808 Tattoo, in Kaneohe; and Pacific Soul, in Honolulu.

To celebrate the launch of the book, Mutual Publishing is throwing a tattoo contest, open to the public, at Barnes & Noble Ala Moana on Saturday, April 24. If you want to enter, sign-ins start at 7:30 p.m., and the contest kicks off at 9 p.m. You can enter to compete in four categories, including traditional Polynesian tattoo, tribal tattoo, non-Polynesian tattoo and color tattoo. There are prizes, and Allen will be signing copies of her book. 

Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 in Permalink

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