Popularity of traditional Polynesian tattoos increasingUPDATED 11:04 PM HST Aug 02, 2013Video Transcript
The Pacific Ink and Art Expo is back in town for a second year... and the big buzz---is actually a TAP! KITV4's Justin Fujioka looks into the growing popularity... ....Of traditional Polynesian tattoos. If you're into tats, the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall is the place to be this weekend... and tapping its way to the spotlight, old school art from Polynesia. On one side, Samoan tatau... Hawaiian kakau on the other. Keone Nunes: "THE TRADITIONAL POLYNESIAN TATTOOS ALL HAVE SIGNIFICANCE. EVERY LINE HAS A MEANING, EVERY LINE HAS A NAME." Artists say they choose the design for each individual. Designs that are different across cultures, but same in their messages. Keone Nunes: "IT'S MORE LESS SOMETHING THAT WE FEEL THAT WILL BE HELPFUL FOR YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE." Significance, they say... is increasing the demand for traditional Polynesian tattoos. Petelo Alaiva'a Su'asulu'ape: "THEY WANT TO HAVE SOMETHING THAT HAS A MEANING RATHER THAN GETTING A PICTURE OF A DOG." Instead, a picture that really is worth a thousand words. Ehitu Keeling: "A LOT OF IT IS JUST PRETTY MUCH MY ANCESTRY AND JUST MY HERITAGE." While traditional Polynesian tattoos focus on cultural values, modern Polynesian tattoos focus on aesthetic values. Keone Nunes: "MODERN POLYNESIAN IS ART, DEFINITELY." Still, modern Polynesian tattoo artists say you need to do your homework. Megan Jones: "THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT BEING A TATTOOIST IS BEING RESPECTFUL, RIGHT? AND RESPECTING OTHERS AS ART AND THEIR CULTURE." Megan Jones: "IF YOU ARE DOING CONTEMPORARY POLYNESIAN, AT LEAST, YOU KNOW, STUDY. TAKE THE TIME OUT TO DO YOUR RESEARCH, FIND OUT WHERE THE PATTERNS ARE FROM, READ ABOUT THE CULTURE, BE INVOLVED." Justin Fujioka: "THE PACIFIC INK AND ART EXPO CONTINUES SATURDAY FROM NOON TO 10:00 P-M AND SUNDAY FROM NOON TO 8:00 P-M. AT THE NEAL BLAISDELL EXHIBITION HALL, JUSTIN FUJIOKA, KITV4 NEWS."