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The Hawaiian Tattoo Paperback – December, 1996

4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 75 pages
  • Publisher: Booklines Hawaii Ltd; 1St Edition edition (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965575608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965575607
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,244,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I read my copy of this book I special ordered from my local library prior to ordering it here to buy. Having lived in Hawaii 23 years I found it surprisingly thorough for so short a book. I especially liked the depth the author went to to express the deep religious or other significance certain designs held. I did a search under the author's name and discovered he has many of the designs of which he speaks on his own body, he can speak with first hand authority as to their history or design. He also makes clear the undifinitive nature of Hawaiian tattoos, not all were "sacred" or "royal" and makes clear the transition, or perhaps contamination which occured post white-man contact with missionaries and others. Good, simple illustrations offer the reader easily copied designs to work with in customizing their own design or duplicating one shown. I highly reccommend this to anyone researching Hawaiian tattoo's, the book is very difficult to find outside the state.
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Format: Paperback
The Hawaiian Tattoo is the result of exhaustive research detailing the history of the ancient Polynesian art of tattooing. Significance of the designs is explained in a format easy to read and understand. Until the publication of this book, there was no other book published on this one particular subject. Big Island artist Tom O`o Mehau lends his artictic brilliance and talent in the illustrations. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
this book i'd say is mainly aimed at people who are interested in hawaiian tattoos. it has "only" 60 pages, and it took me maybe four hours to read through it.
it covers hawaiian tattoo history, techniques and terminology, designs and their origins, evolution, and also has a bibliography.
all the information given is very interesting and educating. i'd recommend it as a good volume of reference for anyone interested in hawaiian and/or tribal tattooing.
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This book was very speculative about the meanings of the designs, as is the whole history of the subject as I soon discovered. I was hoping to find a comprehensive guide to the symbology of specifically Hawaiian tattoos and this is probably as close as you can get since much of the information has been lost to time and misinterpretation - not to mention the abundance of information out there regarding the history of tattoos for surrounding island nations. The author seems to make a genuine effort to stay true to history, which I really enjoyed.
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The cover is different between the first and second printing of this book and this should be known. The second printing was released about 16 years after the original when the original copies were advertized for above $1000. The second printing seems to have a big stamp on the cover. Every polynesian tattoo book written after 1996 refferences this book. It has plenty of information packed in to a few pages. A must have for every tattoo book collector.
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