Auckland Libraries: Pasifika tatau

Pasifika tatau

Read up on Pasifika tatau or tattooing in these picks from our specialist Pasifika librarians.

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Tattooing the world

Juniper Ellis

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English professor Ellis examines tattooing, primarily in Polynesia and Micronesia. Contemporary tattooing in the Pacific has reemerged as an aspect of cultural revitalization, particularly among islands most impacted by colonialism.

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Tatau

Mark Adams

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This unique book follows on from a successful exhibition still touring internationally. One hundred memorable images by documentary photographer Mark Adams present a powerful and moving portrait of a great Polynesian art tradition.

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Pacific island

Herbert J. M. Ypma

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An artistic sourcebook for interiors, origins, vibrant colours of the South Pacific, and ingredients: tatau, the origin of the tattoo, the Polynesian influence in Pacific design, and more.

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Tatau

John Agcaoili

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Tatau: Marks of Polynesia explores the beauty of Samoan tattoos as well as the key role they play in the preservation and propagation of Samoan culture.

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Tattoo

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This title provides a highly illustrated history of tattooing and cultural exchange in the Pacific from the late 18th century to the present.

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The Polynesian tattoo today

Tricia Allen

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Polynesian tattooing has enjoyed a robust revival in recent decades. This compilation of over 200 images presents some of the finest work being done both in the islands and abroad.

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Polynesian tattoo designs : Vol. 1.

Roberto Gemori

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A collection of 92 ocean themed Polynesian style tattoos with brief description of the meanings for each design along with their outlines, intended mainly for tattoo artists.

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Fundamentals of traditional and modern Polynesian tattoo

Roland Pacheco

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A massive collection of ancient and modern Polynesian tattoo motifs, as well as a historical and cultural account of what motivated the ancient Polynesians to cover themselves in the protective armor of tattoo.

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Tattoo road trip

Robert E. Baxter

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Bob Baxter and Bernard Clark take to the road at the very birthplace of Polynesian tattooing, beautiful Samoa. Baxter and Clark document their two-week odyssey from Apia to Saleapaga.

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Tikopian tattoo

Mick Pendergrast

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The author spent six years on Tikopia, a small and remote island in the Solomon Islands, between 1973 and 1980. During this time he became interested in the art form of tattoo.

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Tribal tattoo designs from the Pacific

Maarten Hesselt van Dinter

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This unique collection of tribal designs can be used for a variety of purposes and will inspire all those interested in the art of body decoration.

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Tattoo traditions of Hawai'i

Tricia Allen

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Read about the evolution of Hawaiian tattooing as an art and science, tracing it from its early roots in ancient Polynesia in meticulous and graphic detail.

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Patterns of the past

Therese Mangos

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Tracing the history and practice of tattooing (tātatau) in the Cook Islands through the ancient oral traditions of its people.

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South Pacific skin

Amanda D. Fornal

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South Pacific Skin is a glimpse into the journal of a woman traveling alone around the isolated islands of the South Pacific while creating her documentary: Blood and ink.

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