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Polynesian Cultural Center Samoan Tattoos

December 14th, 2010


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25 Responses to “Polynesian Cultural Center Samoan Tattoos”

  1. comment number 1 by: SaMoaSix8Five

    loved this video… thank you for posting it!!!

  2. comment number 2 by: turkeytom85cc

    ….very insightful….i’ve known the narrator for a long time and i didn’t know he had a tattoo…..magaia le tatau uso….

  3. comment number 3 by: MyUsername2668

    the tradicional samoan tattoos look fucking sick.

    The dude is a big ass beast too.

  4. comment number 4 by: bravehart1974

    fascinating point of view. Thank you once again.

  5. comment number 5 by: bombertheelephant

    @bravehart1974 I understand fully what you wrote. don’t get on your high-horse. There a a lot of Samoans carrying the tatau who do or have done nothing to serve their communities or families because the meaning behind has become washed out due to displacement and I have to say probably happens at home as well. Please spare me your sage opinion. It’s our culture as Samoans no one can lessen it’s significance. The fact that you feel as you do clearly illustrates your lack of genuine understanding.

  6. comment number 6 by: bravehart1974

    @bombertheelephant .Malo bomber. You dont see my point because you dont understand it. To understand it you have to read what i have written maybe a few more times. Its right there in front of you. Hopefully it dawns on you soon. Thank you for your constructive feedback. Soifua.

  7. comment number 7 by: bombertheelephant

    @bravehart1974 get you but there are Samoans that do exactly that anyway so I don’t see how your point is valid.

  8. comment number 8 by: Luangiuan

    Sorry,, galoiola I mean your tattoos looks awesome….in my polynesian culture the women are the one who bears the heavy tattoos thus I am proud to be a polynesian..long live our polynesian heritage

  9. comment number 9 by: galoiola

    @Luangiuan . nga kaka okou? back at ya bro

  10. comment number 10 by: Luangiuan

    nga kaka okou nga e hahimaka

  11. comment number 11 by: galoiola

    What a well spoken man of integrity and knowledge. I’m so proud to be a Samoan! Malo le faifaiva, ia manuia lava!

  12. comment number 12 by: bravehart1974

    Any cultural symbolism should be protected as unique, least it become another form of colonisation, like the British making indigenous wear clothes and many people now struggling with identity issues to this day.

  13. comment number 13 by: bravehart1974

    Malo lava. As a Samoan man with a pe’a, I believe it should be for Samoan only. I disagree that other ethnicities should get a pe’a, it has potential to lessen the significance of ones culture, where that culture or individual would carry the symbolism ignorantly and without true right of passage or knowledge.

  14. comment number 14 by: bravehart1974

    Malo lava. As a Samoan man with a pe’a, I believe it should be for Samoan only. I disagree that other ethnicities should get a pe’a, it has potential to lessen the significance of ones culture, where that culture or individual would carry the symbolism ignorantly and without true right of passage or knowledge.

  15. comment number 15 by: bravehart1974

    Malo lava. As a Samoan man with a pe’a, I believe it should be for Samoan only. I disagree that other ethnicities should get a pe’a, it has potential to lessen the significance of ones culture, where that culture or individual would carry the symbolism ignorantly and without true right of passage or knowledge.

  16. comment number 16 by: Herc2770

    @wutevababy TRUE. But you must have some kind of a roll in the Samoan family or community. You cant just let any wanker get one coz he thinks its cool.

  17. comment number 17 by: illister

    @hamoguy123 and @trickdeze, Hey guys, I am freelancing for a t shirt company and I am looking to incorporate some samoan design patterns in a shirt. I am planning on using patterns that I specifically know the meaning of, but my question is, is there a spefici order in which I am supposed to put the patterns in, or is that compltely up to my discretion?

  18. comment number 18 by: hamoguy123

    @trickDeze trudat i meen i used to get really mad wen i used to see other races with da samoan things but then i realized aint nuthin wrong wit it juss as long as they kno and tell people its a samoan thing and not their own races or as u put it “false representation of our culture”

  19. comment number 19 by: bigr2u

    Love the culture Ima ask to get in Samoa Ima be married to one of your beautiful women and were visiting after we re married

  20. comment number 20 by: bethamz

    Thanks .Very interesting.Love to get one myself one day

  21. comment number 21 by: trickDeze

    @Sh4Nn0Nl Don’t think that theres nothing wrong with cultural borrowing. As long as you don’t use the designs in false representation of our culture, or misuse it then there should be no problem. The motifs used actually symbolise certain things ..etc, but you can look that up yourself lol

  22. comment number 22 by: Sh4Nn0Nl

    hey im currently doing a fashion course and looking into corporating polynesian tatoo designs into my garments to look like tattoos im looking at differents design but want to create my own is there anything should known about what not to do etc like with the designs and shape i use?

  23. comment number 23 by: manusamoa2009

    hello and talofa lava!!!Samoa is a heart of Polynesian ans Treasure Island,”tatau”was decended from oldest Samoan as a gift and profitable for modern generation,as a written source of oral book to record a samoan core element of Culture and traditional way of life real samoan gentle,

  24. comment number 24 by: poetician

    Other sources tells us that it may be more complicated. In Samoan the word tatau means “must, necessary, appropriate” – because it is necessary to get a tattoo in life.
    In Samoan it may also mean Anchor. Maybe because it is necessary for a human being to be anchored to one’s body. An anchor is the part of a pe’a called that is above the hips.
    It is also called tatau on Tonga, and there it means a picture.

  25. comment number 25 by: poetician

    The term “tattoo” or from Tahiti, “Tatau” is first referenced by Joseph Banks, the naturalist aboard Cook’s ship the “Endeavour” in 1769 where he mentions it in his journal. To paraphrase. he states, “I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition”.

    The repetitive ta-ta tells that you with your hands beat several (two) times, to get the colour u into the skin.
    Thus: Tatau.

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