Tuesday, May 18, 2010

moko village @ Te Papa for Matariki 18–20 June 2010

Friday 18–Sunday 20 June 2010
Oceania, Level 3
Free entry
Tā Moko (tattoo) artists from around the world display their different styles, skills and tools for all to see. Moko Village is a three-day convention of Tā Moko practitioners from Aotearoa, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and Europe.

There will also be a Tā Moko Body Suit competition run by Underground Arts in association with the Tattoo Museum. To win a prize, design a moko body suit on the templates provided. Underground Arts Director, Steven Maddock, Te Papa Pacific Collection Manager Pacific Cultures, Grace Hutton and Te Papa Events Producer Suzanne Tamaki will choose the winning designs and the suits will be displayed on Te Papa’s flickr site. First prize for over 18, is tattoo work to the value of $500 at Underground Arts. Second prize is tattoo work to the value of $300 at Underground Arts. For the under 18 category, there are three prize packages of a collectible tattoo book and calendar. All prizes kindly supplied by Underground Arts Tattoo Museum, 187 Vivian Street, Wellington http://www.tat2.co.nz/.

Films and talks about tā moko will be a part of Moko Village. Books on the subject will be on sale at the Te Papa store throughout the convention.

book controversy!

Tricia Allen posted this about her book on facebook May 12 at 5.51 pm "... just heard that the Polynesian Cultural Center won't be carrying the new book because of "partial nudity" on the back cover! Ha, ha, ha!! Too funny... Good thing they didn't see the full nudity on the inside! I know some folks didn't like the black bathing suit-look, but now ya know why!"

Here is the offending back cover with moko peha I completed on Donna Leatherby in 2004 at a pulbic event held at Te Papa.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Polynesian Tattoo Today

The book is no tiny effort. At 285 pages, it features hundreds of full-page color photos of various styles of Polynesian tattoos, not just from Hawai'i, but from all around the South Pacific. In addition, many of the artists who created the work are profiled in the back section of the book.

I cannot help but enthusiastically recommend the book to all. It certainly made my flight back to the East Coast a lot more enjoyable. My biggest regret was not being in Hawai'i long enough to be able to have Ms. Allen tattoo me, an activity at the top of my to-do list in the future.

One more ringing endorsement comes from Ed Hardy: “This collection of amazing photos attests to the high level of artistic achievement and technical ability of the Polynesian people today, as well as non-islanders who have been heavily influenced by the art of the Pacific.”

Buy your copy from Tricia's website directly here and while visiting the site, explore the galleries, sign up for her newsletter, and check out her schedule to see when and where she will be tattooing and/or signing copies of her book in the future.