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The Polynesian Tattoo Today
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2010
Allen has outdone herself with The Polynesian Tattoo Today. Primarily, this is a picture book full of crisp, clear pictures of amazing art, accompanied by short captions with information on the cultural style, the artist and (where available) the wearer of all the art.

But wait- there's more! At the end of the book is a series of artist profiles, focusing on the artists who have the most work displayed in the book. Primarily, these artists are native to Polynesia, though many cultures and nationalities are represented.

Following that, is an index with artist contact information, and page numbers to their work in the body of the text. This means that you can find a piece you like, look up the artists, look at what else they have in the book, and then contact them.

Overall, this book is an excellent image collection representing the best and widest spectrum of Polynesian and Polynesian-style tattoo today.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 27, 2010
Other than the bios of the artists at the end of the book there are few words in this book.
Each page contains a crisp full color photograph of a tattoo adorned figure with a short caption highlighting the most notable aspect of the work. There are no detailed descriptions of the symbolism behind the works of art. That would not be entirely useful given many symbols have a base meaning and then a derived meaning for the individual.

Instead the greatest value of this book is that the author has curated some of the best works spanning the full gamut of polynesian styles- Marquesan, Maori, Samoan, Tongan. This makes it an excellent resource for anyone planning to have one done and needs a strong set of examples to draw from. It is certainly better than hunting for images that are haphazardly strewn over the Internet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2010
I personally own two of Tricia's books. She has a lot of knowledge on the subject and also has tons of interesting pictures within the text. Many of the artist featured in the book are top-notch and professionals. This is a definate buy for anyone interested in learning more about Polynesian tattoos.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2012
Excellent work and superbly detailed with plenty of commentary from great artists! I was thrilled about the explanations behind the designs and patterns. Definitely worth buying for those interested in Polynesian tattoos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2013
I liked it bc it explains every art work on the book atleast, Very detailed in looks & form for beginners and experts.
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on February 25, 2013
This book and a companion volume Tattoo Traditions of Hawaii make more sense the more I read them and look at the outstanding photographs. Each tattoo reflects an artistic rendition of personal and family history. Island traditions become a part of contemporary expression which, in turn, grows future traditions. The author promotes appreciation for floral beauty, sea life, and the all-important land. This book required a great deal of scholarship and documentation to respectfully preserve each tattoo. I have looked at a number of tattoo books at the local museum; this book stays at the top of my list for readability and educational value.
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on April 2, 2010
Tricia Allen has done it once again! The Polynesian Tattoo Today is an amazing collection of Polynesian Tattoos along with beautifully written commentary. It is apparent that this book was created with love and adoration for the modern Polynesian Tattoo Art and contains work by some amazing artist.
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on June 17, 2013
This book gave a nice overview of Maori, Samoan, Marquesan and other Polynesian tattoos. The author gives a great explanation on how she chose the tattoos and a summary of the tattoo artists is included. This is a good book to have for inspiration and a great reference book for your library.
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on May 29, 2013
Great review of current artists. Its hard not to want all of the tattoos!! Definitely a great resource for those traveling to the Islands of French Polynesia. It definitely inspired my next tattoo.
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on January 5, 2013
I chose this rating of 4 because I think that this book serves as a great reference book for that enjoy the Islands and their rich history depicted in tatts.
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