Maori man with full moko tattoo
Maori man with full moko tattoo
Role of Tattoo
Tattoo Stories

Skin Stories: The Art and Culture of Polynesian Tattoo

Samoan leg tattoo


Skin Stories video cover To order a VHS cassette of Skin Stories, please call KPBS at 1-800-266-5727, or order online at The price is $24.95 plus tax and $3 shipping.


Tattoos from Paradise book cover The first profusely illustrated book of its kind (and the source of the historical photographs on this Web site), Mark Blackburn's book is a fascinating study describing the actual process and ceremonies involed in traditional Polynesian tattooing. Over 250 illustrations encompass actual photographs taken in the 19th century, as well as early exploration art, paintings, drawings, engravings and artifacts related to the art of tattooing.

Available for $69.95 plus shipping and handling from:

Mauna Kea Galleries