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Latest Tattoos in black

A week spent in black. I love the contrast without any shading. To me it captures the look of how South Sea style tattoos looked in old photographs. This is what inspired me as a child and what lead me on this path of tattooing. 21.916389-159.590278Like this:Like Loading...

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Revisions on past work

Some of my clients have been sending me incredible photos of their tattoo work. Please share your own creative photos of your tattoos with me. I will happily post them here. This photo was taken by Kauai resident photographer Annacion of my client Jazzie   My client Brayden representing his…

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Sak Yant Tattoos of Thailand

While living in Holland and working at Rob Deut’s Tatau Toko in 2009, Rob invited me on a trip to Bangkok, Thailand with his family and fellow tattoo artist Darko. On this trip I was introduced to the powerful and talismanic Sak Yant tattoos of Thailand. Sak Yant or Yantra…

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Samuel Shaw Tattoos

 Aloha and welcome to Kulture Tattoo Kollective. Tattooing by Samuel Shaw.

While I do to enjoy the many facets of tattooing, my tattoo work focuses primarily on South Seas style tattooing and all tattoos relating to cultural influence and importance. My lifelong interest in ancient and indigenous cultures led me on my path, giving me a personal animistic view of the universe. The talismanic properties of tattoos have always been at the core of my interest driving me further into exploring the roots of tattooing culture and history.  My intent in tattooing also stems from my personal views regarding the missionary/colonial conquest that nearly wiped out indigenous tattoo practices and the knowledge systems, not only within the Pacific but the world over. My passion is to help support cultural revival and to keep the indigenous cultures alive through this unique art form.

 Mahalo for viewing my tattoo work and I look forward to working with you. Aloha

The tattoos I create and show on my website are intended for the wearer alone and are never meant to be copied. I honor your individuality in every tattoo I make. Please respect this by not copying my work. To do so would be disrespectful to myself, my clients and to the culture. Thank you

For more information on the rest of the Kulture Tattoo Kollective, please click on their name below and for now,  you will be redirected to their Instagram accounts.                                              Kollective Tattooers are Thad Nakao, Kalin Mier, and Keola Akau.  We also offer henna and Jagua by Ashley Roney. She can be reached at 808-631-2406. You can also refer to the FAQ section for scheduling and contact information. Thank you.