Video: Getting ‘inked’ at Tisa’s Tattoo Fest
A contractor for the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority (ASTCA) Mark Williams of North Carolina got inked this past weekend during Tisa’s Annual Tattoo Fest held at Tisa’s Barefoot Bar in Alega.
It took two days for traditional Samoan tatau master Wilson Fitiao to complete the tribal tattoo, which encircles Williams’s shin and calf. Williams opted to go traditional instead of using a modern tattoo machine to get his body art.
After undergoing numerous hours of hearing the tap, tap, tap of the sausau and having to change positions as Fitiao continued to apply the ink to his skin, Williams was finally able to show off his tribal and Samoa News was there to capture the image, only seconds after it was completed.
Williams was one of many people — both locals and visitors — who got tattooed during the 2013 Tattoo Fest over the weekend which drew in a record number of people this year.
Tattoo Fest organizer and host Tisa Faamuli is already beginning to promote next year’s event. She told Samoa News she is already planning her marketing strategy for next year’s Fest which will take her off island to the US and other areas of the Pacific region later this year and into 2014.
Read story tomorrow for details on this year's 'Best of the Fest' plus more videos.
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