8th annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest set to go this weekend


Samoa News in partnership with major sponsors, Barefoot Republic/IPEX Pacific, American Samoa Visitors Bureau, Blue Sky Communications and GHC Reid& Co. Ltd/ Vailima presents the best ever, Tisa’s Tattoo Fest, October 26-28, 2012. 

The 8th Annual Celebration of the Tatau Art will highlight some of the best locally produced award winning artists, and legends of the Tatau art in the Samoan Islands.

For the first time, we welcome Aiga Ta Pe’a, Afioga Su’a Tupou Popo of Lefaga Samoa as our special guest to the 8th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Festival. It’s an honor to host a legend here on Tutuila Island today and celebrate the historic arrival of the Tatau art in the Samoan Islands so long ago.

American Samoa’s internationally known and award winning Tufuga Wilson Fitiao, of Suluape Aiga Ta Pe’a, continues his support of the Tatau arts. His tattooing technique is a well-known combination of traditional tattoo and Siapo patterns, and his skin art designs revolutionized the Samoan Tattoo.

Renowned artist Reggie Meredith and Samoan studies master Ausage of ASCC along with some of their students will join the exciting weekend of Tatau celebration offering fest goers another look at opportunities offered at our college today in continuation of Samoan cultural arts. 

Activities scheduled for the three-day event will include Siapo Tapa Art display, and demonstrations of the Tapa/Elei, and Carving while Siva, Ukulele and guitar add to the mix of island music.

The survival skills and cultural arts of Samoa require our attention and maintenance at the village level to keep it alive for future generations. Tisa’s Annual Tattoo Fest Event is proud to provide a venue for our local artists to fellowship and share the passion of Samoan cultural arts in our community.

 Fa’aliga and Tauvaga Pe’a and Malu on Saturday will highlight the celebration of the Tatau during competition/show for the best Pe’a and Malu of the year.

Appointments are required four days in advance for traditional tattooing. Saturday is your day to show the pride of your Mau or Pe’a and to honor your Tufuga artist on the fest stage.

Elei & Siapo Art was a popular skill in Leone Village according to the history of Tutuila Island.  Fewer families maintain this remarkable art form today. ASCC Art Department students will display Elei and Tapa Art demonstrations under the leadership of renowned local artist and instructor Reggie Meredith, Saturday October 27th, 2012.

Woodcarving will give wannabe wood carvers a chance to practice their skills on local hardwood posts at Tisa’s Barefoot Bar during the fest. “I grew up in a fale with beautiful detailed carved posts in my village,” says Tisa.  It would be nice to see this rare art form of Samoa practiced by the current generation.

An Ava Ceremony on Saturday will highlight the skills of public speaking, making of the Ava and its traditional distribution by students in training under the leadership of ASCC instructor of Samoan Studies, Ausage.  History of the Ava plant and its origin have a special place in the history of Samoa.

 Ukulele and Guitar music completes the lively party spirit of the festival during live performances by the Ukulele Ensemble and Guitar Club at the fest. Where there is a Samoan gathering, our music comforts our soul, and nurtures our island spirit. Hip Hop Samoan music will also have a place in the 8th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest at Alega Beach. Under the leadership of Kuki Tuiasosopo, the fest crowd will be treated to fine arts provided by Kuki and some of his ASCC students at the fest, on Saturday October 27th.

Samoan Fashion designs utilize a mixture of Tatau and Siapo patterns today and are made exclusively in the islands. Island Image Creations will treat our fest goers to a fashion show to include the latest tapa and siapo designs on the Tattoo Fest stage on Sunday, October 28th. 

Modern and Machine Tattooist and local and international award winning tattoo artists will continue to dazzle the curiosity of their followers, with their latest best works,  including local favorite, Joseph Ioane, owner and operator of Off The Rock Tattoos and Duffy Hudson.

Samoan designs give meaning to every ink made right here in American Samoa, from our very own tattoo artists, who specialize in local and Polynesian ink. Friday offers early birds a chance to get discounted tattoos— by appointment only.

Cash awards for the best of the fest are provided by Ace American Industries, Polynesian Picks, Safety Offshore Systems, Tool Shop and Industrial Gases. 

A documentary, filmed exclusively during Tisa’s Tattoo Fest, will feature our island paradise and cultural arts. It is about us and our Samoan way of life, here in American Samoa.   To preserve and maintain our traditional arts, and to conserve our natural resources to sustain our island is our mission.

“I envision a healthier American Samoa in the spirit and environment by reducing our foot print on our planet,” says Tisa. 

 Founder Tisa Fa’amuli at the world famous Tisa’s Barefoot Bar established Tisa’s Tattoo Festival in 1993, in American Samoa. 

The struggle to keep Samoan cultural arts alive for future generations was made possible with the help of our business community sponsors. Eight years later, the Tattoo Fest has become an international event that promotes American Samoa, and is one of the most popular events produced right here on Tutuila Island. 

Sponsorship of Blue Sky Communications and Samoa News offers international communities and Samoans abroad viewing opportunities of theTattoo Festival by streaming live events and slideshows.

Food, music and cultural arts at Alega Beach guarantee fun for the whole family at Tisa’s Tattoo Fest. Beach, sun, tattoos and live music, promise to keep the Tattoo Festival hot for three days. Come join the fun this weekend at the 8th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest. Rain or shine, the Tattoo Fest is a must see event!

Contact tisa@tisasbarefootbar.com to register for a tattoo or join the fun ink fashion show and competition for the best of fest ink at the Tattoo Fest stage. Tattoo artist registration is open until Thursday, October 26. For more information call 622-7447.

Fa’afetai to all our sponsors who made this year’s event a special gathering for the Cultural Arts of American Samoa and her artists— during the celebration of the Samoan Tatau at Tisa’s Tattoo Festival 2012.


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