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TISA'S TATTOO FEST

Some of the jewelry made from stone flakes found
Alega Village, AMERICAN SAMOA — Tisa’s Tattoo Fest is reinventing itself and has become more than a promoter of The Sacred Tatau Art of the Samoans in 2019.  “This year was the most educational and informative celebration of the Tatau Art for me, and I am grateful to team up with our local health...
Candyman, Tisa and Aumua Amata with Tattoo Fest participants
Over the weekend, Oct 25- 27, the 15th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Festival happened, with three days of a celebration under the theme: “SAVE the Traditional Arts of American Samoa”.  It focused not only on the traditional forms of Samoan tattooing, but on stone tool making, siapo making, as well as on...
A collection of stone tools
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — While featuring demonstrations of the traditional Tatau, this year Tisa’s Tattoo Fest is highlighting another very precious lost art of Samoans from before contact-times. The three day event, Oct. 25- 27, will showcase a demonstration of stone tool carvings, from the...
Dear Editor, Three days ago, Public Health announced the closure of local tattoo shops, due to an isolated infection issue. This move is making it impossible for local tattoo artists to provide the public with tattoos at Tisa’s Tattoo Fest, since it is too late to get health certifications for...
Master Tufuga Su’a Wilson Fitiao, seen in this Samoa News file photo with his wife, artist Reggie Meredith Fitiao
Alega, AMERICAN SAMOA — The 15th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest — Oct. 25- 27 — is just around the corner. The theme this year is: “SAVE the Traditional Arts of American Samoa”. And it will focus on traditional tatau, stone tool making, siapo art, and all things local and sustainable in the arts and...