Tatau: Marks of Polynesia

Item # 230023.

Written contributions by Sean Mallon and working tattoo artists. Foreword by former United States Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega. Photography by John Agcaoili.

The accompanying exhibition catalog to Tatau: Marks of Polynesia, showcases the art and legacy of the over 2,000 year old Samoan tattoo tradition. Focusing on the preeminent Sulu‘ape family of tattoo masters, the catalog presents tatau as a culture, one that includes resistance to colonization and affirmation of identity—as well as a fine art. Contemporary Polynesian tattoo work photographed in Hawai‘i, Nevada, California and New Zealand has been included to show the global impact of this art form.

Paper: 268 pp.

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