How the Tatau (Samoan tattoo) helped one man re-discover his cultural heritage [video]

Here’s a beautiful little film by Crystal Vaega that might help you learn the significance of the traditional Samoan tattoo to Samoan people. It tells the story of Sonny Natanielu, who was born in Samoa but lost his connection to our culture when his family moved with him to New Zealand. The film explores a … Continue reading How the Tatau (Samoan tattoo) helped one man re-discover his cultural heritage

Do I have to be Samoan to get a Samoan tattoo?

I’m still working on the the final of my 3-part series about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau) – everything I learned from personal research and from my teacher of Samoan culture, the late Afioga Tofaeono Tanuvasa Tavale. The previous two parts are here: The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau), and The Truth about the Samoan … Continue reading Do I have to be Samoan to get a Samoan tattoo?

The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau) – Part 2

So this is the continuation of my report on what I have learned about the Samoan tattoo over the years, thanks largely to the class I took and an interview I conducted with the late Afioga Tofaeono Tanuvasa Tavale. Part one is here: The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau). Before we get into this … Continue reading The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau) – Part 2

The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau)

It seems like everybody’s got an opinion about the Samoan tattoo – who should be getting them, how they should be given, how they’re meant to be worn or displayed, etc. It’s understandable. While tattoos in general are very popular, Polynesia is often credited as the origin of this kind of body art, and as … Continue reading The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo (Tatau)