My Tatau: Vaipuna Siaunu‘ua shares what her tatau (Sāmoan tattoo) means to her

My Tatau: Vaipuna Siaunu‘ua shares what her tatau (Sāmoan tattoo) means to her

What does my tatau mean to me? I think the first time I ever saw a malu [female tattoo] was back in 2007 when I went to Sāmoa and I saw my cousin’s malu. And I always wondered what was the purpose of her malu. And I started researching and also learning more about the

My Tatau: Sadat Muaiava shares what his tatau (Sāmoan tattoo) means to him

My Tatau: Sadat Muaiava shares what his tatau (Sāmoan tattoo) means to him

What does my tatau mean to me? It means tautua, which translates to service in English. Tautua to my family, tautua to my parents, tautua to my church, tautua to my villages that I visit every year. Tautua to my people and when I say people, I’m talking about my workplace. So I see my

My Tatau: Matalena Leaupepe shares what her tatau (Sāmoan tattoo) means to her

My Tatau: Matalena Leaupepe shares what her tatau (Sāmoan tattoo) means to her

What does my tatau mean to me? My tatau, for me, is a mix of things. So, first of all, getting it was more from a request from my father to get the tatau as part of receiving the taupou [chief’s daughter] title in my village, in Fasito‘o [Uta]. And so at the time, for

My Tatau: Ken Ah Kuoi shares what his tatau (Sāmoan tattoo) means to him

My Tatau: Ken Ah Kuoi shares what his tatau (Sāmoan tattoo) means to him

What does my tatau mean to me? It means family to me. It means a connection to my family, where I come from, my heritage, my parents, my extended family. Because I remember when I was young I really wanted one. And now I’ve got one and it connects me back to my roots and

My Tatau: Andy Tauafiafi shares what his tatau (Sāmoan tattoo) means to him

My Tatau: Andy Tauafiafi shares what his tatau (Sāmoan tattoo) means to him

What does my tatau mean to me? Before I received my tatau, being a New Zealand–born Sāmoan, I felt like I was a Kiwi but I knew I had roots. I never felt that I was maybe authentic in a way growing up. I knew I knew how to speak my language, and Sāmoan was

Samoan tattoo (tatau) history and tools

Samoan tattoo (tatau) history and tools

Samoan tattoos… it’s been around for a long time There’s a lot of stories behind it as well The most common one that you’ll probably hear is “It’s an initiation into manhood.” Back in the old days they were given to them as… one as a coming of age tattoo, and then two is setting

Freestyle Samoan tatau (tattoo) meanings and stories

Freestyle Samoan tatau (tattoo) meanings and stories

Today we have a live demonstration of tattooing… …machine tattooing with Sulu’ape Steve Looney who is a Samoan tattooist who works in Hawaii and Wellingtonian Andy Tauafiafi who runs his own tattoo shop here in Wellington. To be honest, I don’t know what I’m getting done today.  It’s an arm band. and it’s a bit