Over 40 tattoo artists from around the world were greeted with a traditional kava ceremony to mark the opening of the Tatau Festival Samoa hosted at Taumeasina Island Resort over the next three days, 21-23 November 2019.
The International event will also mark the official retirement of Samoa’s Master Tufuga Tā Tatau Su’a Sulu’ape Alaivaa Petelo after a celebrated 43 years of pioneering the art of traditional tattooing in Samoa and around the world.
The Su’a Suluape family will also be honoring the 20 years since the passing of Master Tufuga, Su’a Sulu’ape Paulo II, who is being repatriated home after 20 years.
Artists from around the world will showcase their talents including Polynesian singers and entertainers.
There will be tattooing right throughout the three days.