Category: Tatau – Samoan Tattoo

Tattoos originated in the South Pacific, built into the culture of Samoan people

Samoan Traditional Art Tatau - Samoan Tattoo

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 […]

Samoan Culture Tatau - Samoan Tattoo

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. Here’s the whole series: The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo The Truth about the Samoan Tattoo – Part 2 […]

Samoan Traditional Art Tatau - Samoan Tattoo

“E le So’oga Ka Oe!” E iai Tulafono o le Pe’a… (pt 1)

tatau one samoana

O le mea ua faigata le Malofie aua e tigaina tele… ae le gata lea e toe faigata ona taia se tagata ae le lelei se fa’asamoa… e faapea foi le isi upu fa’asamoa… “E le So’oga Ka Oe!” e faatatau i se tagata ua taina le tatau ae leiloa lelei se fa’asamoa ma ua le masani foi i feau ma matafaioi faalesogaimiti…

ia o le ala lea ua ou taumafai atu lenei blog… ia fai ma se fesoasoani mo latou olo’o fia ta latou pe’a atoa ma a’u fo’i ua leva na ou fia ta sa’u pe’a ae ua fa ia te a’u e le lava se fa’asamoa lenei ma ou saili atu le tomai ia faalava ai… afai iai so’u gagana ua sese poo se manatu ua faaletonu aua le faatelegese ae sao ia faatonu mai ina faaleleia le faamoemoe lenei ma faataunu’u i se faaiuga manuia… Fa’amolemole lava faatilotilomasae mai… ua ou fia maua masei uma olo’o iai e faamoemoe i le faaleleia o le aganu’u faamolemole fa’afetai!

… by Maosi Tuitele

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