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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: TattooTribes (September 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8890601655
  • ISBN-13: 978-8890601651
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roberto Gemori draws Polynesian tattoos for the site www.tattootribes.com and collaborates with a few specialized magazines under the nickname GiErre. Passionate about Polynesian cultures he is among the site's founders and likes to share his works to shed some light on this beautiful and meaningful form of Art.

More About the Author

Roberto Gemori draws Polynesian tattoos for the site www.tattootribes.com and collaborates with a few specialized magazines under the nickname GiErre.
Passionate about Polynesian cultures for years, he is among the site's founders and likes to share his works to shed some light on this beautiful and meaningful form of Art.

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I bought this book for my son and it far exceeded his expectations.
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Found this handbook has good and helpful information regarding the symbolism of the designs that make up a Poly tat.
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This book is really great for someone wanting to create their own tattoo.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Leigh VINE VOICE on July 23, 2012
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I don't know Phil nor Gemori personally, so I don't have any particular bias. I had a subscription to Phil's online dictionary (tahititataou) several years ago, and with all due respect to Phil, I disagree with his review that this book is simply a copy of his web site or that it is only for tourists.
There is information on Phil's website that is not in this book and vice versa. For the most relevant material, this book covers most of what Phil's website covers.
It explains the importance of tatau in polynesian culture, it explains the symbolism, it explains how one might go about selecting symbols, and it provides case studies.
The latter, case studies, shows example tataus and breaks them down into the individual symbols. Phil's site does this too but not as well in my opinion.
The one thing that Phil's site provides that is rather useful is a list of names and contact info for well known top polynesian tattooists around the world.

My only three criticisms for this ebook are:

1. Table of contents do not let you jump quickly to the chapters.

2. Although it describes how one might go about designing one's tatau it does not mention a more important method- which is what you would really experience if you went to a polynesian tattooist. The tattooist will not usually ask you what specific symbols you want. Instead the tattooist will interview you and draw by hand his interpretation of what you tell them directly on your skin (no flash, just freehand). Then with your approval he will begin the tattooing. The tattooist chooses the symbols, not you. You and the tattooist enter a trust relationship and afterwards you will find that the outcome is even better than you could have imagined.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By catana padilla on February 15, 2012
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I live in Hawaii, purchased many Polynesian design books in the past but, this one is the best so far. Very extensive in defining Polynesian symbols & placement. Love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hiloman on January 5, 2013
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This book is a 4 star. This is a great reference book for those doing tatts from the Islands. BE sure that you have as many books from the Is,ands to be fully knowledgeable when doing tatts.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Phil on February 19, 2012
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I bought this ebook and was very surprised to see that although a very large part of the info given comes from my online Dictionary of Polynesian Tattoo Symbols, the author has not mentioned my publication as his source. He purchased my dictionary, and browsed my forum and put together his cheap booklet without really knowing the subject.
Obviously, because he didn't go the source himself, his small booklet is very superficial, at best good for tourists but not for someone really serious about understanding Polynesian tattoos. His approach lacks what Polynesian tattoo is all about: authenticity, honor and respect.
Philippe Meunier, author of the online Dictionary of Polynesian Tattoo Symbols on Tahititatou.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Troy Malan on June 24, 2014
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This book was not as detailed as I thought it would be, but a start for those wanting general info about poly tattoos.
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By Eric Luna on August 19, 2014
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I wanted a book to read about Polynesian tattoos, mostly because I was born in the region. This book is a nice "beginner" book for those looking to learn about Polynesian tattoos. Just for information or for an eventual tattoo of your own. The only real drawback is that the book is rather short, and the descriptions are not as in-depth as you might think.
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By william mason on July 8, 2014
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Since I already have a Polynesian style tattoo I wanted to keep the same tradition but include elements that are important to me, not just how it looks. From this book I was able to learn what certain symbols mean and be able to use them in my design for the tattoo I will get with my daughter.
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