Very interesting article about Polynesian Tattooing. I enjoy seeing people change their opinion of tattoos after speaking with someone who finds them so important.
When Tihoti came to speak to our halau about the evolution of tattooing in Tahiti, I dutifully went to hear him because our kumu Keu Ostrem urged us to attend. I have no interest in getting a tattoo. I grew up in the era when tattoos were considered the purview of convicts and drunken sailors. I was certain Tihoti’s presentation would fail to capture my imagination. But what he told us was fascinating.