Tahiti has a long tradition of tattoos

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Tahiti has a long tradition of tattoos

For its 5th edition, the International Polynesian Tatau Tattoo Convention brings together local and international tattoo artists to promote this iconic art of Polynesian culture.

During the five-day festival celebrating the skills of Polynesian tattoo artists, you can get a tattoo and discover the wealth of styles of these artists whose talent is part of Polynesian cultural and social tradition: formerly, these skin-deep designs showed the rank of men and women in the community, or the value of the warriors. The Marquesas Islands are today still a great source of inspiration, with geometric shapes and stylized representations, sometimes covering the whole body of elders. So it's no coincidence that the word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word ‘tatau', describing the way to score the epidermis.

Musée de Tahiti et des Îles
Pointe des pêcheurs Nu'uroa, à Punaauia
98718 Tamanu

From 30th of March to the 3rd of April 2016


500 CFP