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Tattoos from Paradise: Traditional Polynesian Patterns Hardcover – January 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; Limited Edition, Signed by Author edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764309412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764309410
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Blackburn has been under the spell of the Polynesian Islands for twenty years, building one of the finest Polynesian art collections and libraries. He runs a successful import business in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and has a second home and art gallery in Hilo, Hawaii.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By shelly brando on July 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
At a time when there is a cultural rage for "tribal tattooing," there is a scarcity of materials on Polynesian tattooing. This book finally addresses that need. The book contains many historical photographs of examples of 7 different polynesian culture's uses of tattoo. Brief summaries examine each area's history and methods for tattooing. The book is very attractively done. Recommended for anyone serious about tattooing.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jon Apisa on January 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book as a historical reference for Polynesian Tattooing. It offers no new ideas or artwork but combines the historical information from previously published books. I recommend this book for anyone interested in Polynesian tattooing as not the definitive, but a good reference. It focuses a lot on Maori Tattooing and less on other cultures but that may be due to the fact that the Ta Moko had more documentation or illustrations that this author could use to fill his book. This is also a good reference into Polynesian culture because it documents that historically the Tatau was not a fad, or in anyway a negative, rebellious action in Polynesia. Ta Tatau was interwoven into the culture and life as a positive art form historically and today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Benjamin on December 7, 2011
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This book brings together a collection of interesting images, some of which have special interest personally because they are of my own ancestors. While some images also also in in my own and other public and private collections, a publication such as this provides an important opportunity to share. The text provides background comment although it is limited and forced to rely greatly on previous published thought and opinion. My one concern would be that, given the current worldwide craze for so-called "tribal" tattoos, even with many current derived designs out there in catalogues, that sources such as this become further samples to be copied. Since traditionally, and especially in Maori terms, a "moko" was a unique, personalised signature with a detailed narrative attached to each design element, any person simply copying a design in ignorance of its innate powers and significance, would be running contrary to ancient "tapu" and obligations. The other interesting aspect here is the way in which early photographers actually enhanced "moko" with ink or paint in order to make the designs more prominent. This, of itself, is interesting as it also involves a serious breach of "tapu" where, touching the head of a chief was not permitted. Author, Mark Blackburn, has one of the finest and largest private collections of Polynesian art and artifacts in the world and this book in an important contribution to the pictorial record.
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