Ia ora na!
In Tahitian we say ‘May you have life’ when we meet each other. This greeting of our ancestors inspires me today - and I honour them for their wisdom. I am a Tahitian tattoo artist living on the beautiful island of Huahine. I also sculpt and paint.
I have supported myself all my working life as a tattoo artist. The symbols we use in Polynesia are deep and meaningful - the process of 'tatau' is a two-way exchange. I always take the time to explain the symbolism to my clients. It's important to know what you are carrying.
If you are coming to this part of the world, pay me a visit! We live just a minute’s walk out of our main village of Fare: ask anyone they know who I am. You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
photo: Kirkland Photos