Click to enlargeThe Hawaiian Tattoo

Written by P.F. Kwiatkowski and Tom O. Mehau

The Hawaiian Tattoo by P.F. "Ski" Kwiatkowski is the result of exhaustive research detailing the history of the ancient Polynesian art of tattooing, its origins and the significance of designs as they relate to religion, magic, social status, and just plain fancy. The designs are explained in an easy to read and understand format, with brilliant illustrations by Big Island artist Tom O‘o Mehau.

Decorating the body by tattooing is an ancient practice in many areas of the world. In some parts of Polynesia, the art developed to its highest degree. The very word ‘Tattoo’ is of Tahitian origin, ‘Tatau’, and it means to mark the skin with color. The Hawaiian word is ‘Kakau’.

Paperback: 75 pages

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