Two talks on tattoos

Tricia Allen will give a two-part lecture and slideshow presentation, "A Tattoo Tour of Polynesia," followed by "Polynesian Tattoo: The Living Art," tomorrow and April 23.

The talks will be held at the Windward Community College, Hale Palanakila, Room 225 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. both days.

The first talk is about the practice of tattooing in Polynesian cultures. More than simply a decorative art form, the tattoo tradition has been woven into Polynesian culture since ancient times.

The second talk explores modern Polynesian pride in their cultural heritage and the revival of many ancient arts, including the tattoo, which is a statement of personal identity and afiliation and respect for one's family and culture.

Allen received a masters degree in anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992, and has traveled throughout the Pacific for research and to teach.

The talks are free, and there is free parking on campus.

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