inkah:

”Women must give birth, men have to be tattooed,” says one Samoan tattoo song, expressing an age-old idea of equality between the sexes. Both must endure pain. In traditional Samoan society all young males had to be tattooed when they reached their late teens. Otherwise they were not considered real men. Nowadays, the custom is no longer general, but it is still associated with manhood and male prestige, and hugely popular.

inkah:

”Women must give birth, men have to be tattooed,” says one Samoan tattoo song, expressing an age-old idea of equality between the sexes. Both must endure pain. In traditional Samoan society all young males had to be tattooed when they reached their late teens. Otherwise they were not considered real men. Nowadays, the custom is no longer general, but it is still associated with manhood and male prestige, and hugely popular.

Samoan tattoos illustrated by Jack W. Grove (1940-50).

potpourrireverie:

You just gotta have them at the right angle, that’s all.

potpourrireverie:

You just gotta have them at the right angle, that’s all.

thestylebuff:



An older Maori man wearing a business suit with a purple tie has his long hair up and has traditional facial tattoos covering from his temples down.

thestylebuff:

An older Maori man wearing a business suit with a purple tie has his long hair up and has traditional facial tattoos covering from his temples down.

Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths / Batman V.S. Superwoman  (by THEm4rduk)

Last Man Standing.. Traditional Tatau (aka Tattoo) (via Todd Hunter Mcgaw)

thebigcatblog:

Photo by: yorkiscot
Tony Fomison’s pe’a (2003) by Mark Adams.

Tony Fomison’s pe’a (2003) by Mark Adams.

reflectedsound:

Jerome Kaino.
YES

reflectedsound:

Jerome Kaino.

YES