The artist weighs in on reestablishing the cultural significance of Hawaiian tattoo and teaching the next generation.
Uhi (Hawaiian tattoo) expert Keone Nunes sits, tattooing one of his four haumana (students) in the room—echoing the traditions of times long past—as long-time apprentice Keliiokalani Makua observes. The rhythmic tapping of his moli (tattooing needle) inside Waianae’s iconic Hale Ola Hoopakolea building is syncopated with the drops of light rain outside. Over the rhythmic beats, Nunes and Makua reflect on their journey so far in reestablishing the cultural significance of kakau (tattooing) and the discipline it takes to maintain the integrity of its sacred meanings.
When you first started in the art of uhi, much of the knowledge was on the verge of being lost forever. What made you want to seek that knowledge in the first place?
Mark Hunt added some new ink ahead of his upcoming fight against Derrick Lewis in New Zealand and he even lived streamed the entire session with his tattoo artist.
Hunt took to Facebook to do an informal Q&A with fans while sitting through his tattoo session in Australia.
Hours later, Hunt emerged from the tattoo chair sporting some serious new ink with more sessions to follow to get to the finished product.
RIO DE JANEIRO — For many athletes, the Olympic path is easy to trace: years of training in obscurity; a life-affirming, nerve-wracking competition on the world’s biggest stage; the medal podium for the fastest, strongest, smartest of the bunch; and then, back home, a visit to a tattoo parlor to memorialize the entire affair for eternity.
The iconic Olympic rings are ever-present across Rio de Janeiro this summer, but not just on the flags and signage that wallpapers the city. For many Americans competing here, they’re on ankles, biceps, hips and shoulders. One 2012 Olympian, weightlifter Holley Mangold, returned home and actually got the rings tattooed on the side of her head.
“It’s one of the things you see all the cooler Olympians having,” said archer Brady Ellison, who got tattoos following both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games. “. . . I feel like the Olympic rings is the one tattoo that only we can get.”
At tonight’s Grammys, Lady Gaga is set to pay tribute to the late and great David Bowie and she’s been getting herself prepared in a very unusual way…
The 29 year-old star shared pics over the weekend of some brand new body art paying tribute to the late British legend – a tattoo of Bowie’s portrait of Aladdin Sane.
Lady Gaga credits Bowie as one of her biggest musical influences. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in January, the star said: “I always felt that his glamour was something he was using to express a message to people that was very healing for their souls”.