Artist contact and important information for Kulture Tattoo


4556 Awawa Road, Hanapepe, Hawaii
at the Seto Market Building on the Hanapepe river
We are open from 12pm till whenever we are pau (finished)
Monday through Saturday
Sunday schedule varies.

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How do I make an appointment for my tattoo?

If you are visiting and want to make an apointment please contact us in advance:               We don’t do walk-ins.

Samuel Shaw: kulture@me.com
Please contact Ashley at 808-631-2406

Thad Nakao: tat2thad@gmail.com

Keola Akau: olamonink@gmail.com

Kalin Mier: kalinmier@gmail.com

Ashley Roney: adornedkauai@gmail.com

A 100.00 non-refundable deposit is required for all appointments.

Appointments are subject to change and we will contact you in advance if so. 

Samuel does not fix up work that isn’t his. Samuel does not do cover ups unless its with traditional Marquesas style tattooing. Samuel does not tattoo lettering as the symbolism represents what your trying to convey.

Are there any health risks in receiving a tattoo?

We are licensed tattoo artists in the State of Hawaii. We maintain very strict and high standards of cleanliness and practice aseptic techniques to ensure the safety of all our clients and artists alike. Everything used in the tattoo process is for “single use” only. All needles and tubes are pre-sterilized in a routinely spore checked and certified hospital autoclave. All inks are used in single use containers.

If you follow our care instructions you should not have a problem.

Do South Seas style tattoos and cultural tattoos have meanings?

Within animistic cultures, everything in form and the unseen has energy, vibration, and soul. Every symbol within indigenous culture has a deeper meaning behind it. If you are seeking Polynesian or cultural tattoos then please find an artist that really understands the symbols and patterns. An artist that has a connection and devotion. It is about respect and if your seeking this work, then it is time to embrace a deeper understanding. In the age of internet, it’s easy to throw a bunch of patterns together and call it a “Polynesian or a “tribal” tattoo. It might look good but without the understanding it could only be a graphic rendition with no connection and no mana.

The word “polynesian” is actually an imperialistic and colonialist term for all the islands found within the “Polynesian” triangle. This includes all the islands found within Hawai’i, Rapa Nui and Aotearoa. The ancient concept of “Polynesia” was much broader and deeper. You will find a common thread that unites all the islands but it would be unwise not acknowledge the unique differences.

I am often asked “Where on the internet can I find the meanings of Polynesian designs?”  There are not too many books on the subject and I personally find them to be to vague to be taken seriously.  There are websites that claim to have the meanings but these sites fall short. The learning process in Polynesia has always been oral, with knowledge being passed down from generation to generation through sacred chant and story. There is also the matter of personal and cultural interpretation. For example, a Hawaiian niho mano (shark tooth) design from Kaua’i might have a different meaning on another island.

We talk story first.. then we tattoo

I wanna tattoo from home? Where can I buy tattoo kits at?

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Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept all major credit cards
using the Square app.

What is the aftercare of my tattoo?

Please keep your tattoo bandaged for 4 to 5 hours.
After removing the bandage wash your tattoo with a very mild soap and warm water
Wash off any dried blood or plasma (clear slimy substance) that may be dried to your tattoo. A shower is the easiest way to wash your tattoo.
Lather your tattoo with a soap and warm water gently washing with your hand
Do not rebandage unless instructed otherwise
Washing your tattoo at least 2 to 3 times daily is a must.
For the first few days after receiving you tattoo nothing will change in your tattoo.               It is by the 2nd to 3rd day that your tattoo will start to become dry.
At this point your tattoo will start the peeling process.
It is normal to see flakes of colored/black skin coming off your tattoo.
At this point your tattoo will become itchy.
Do not pick or scratch at your tattoo. This can damage your tattoo.
You want to use a 100% fragrance free/dye free moisturizing lotion.
The easiest to find is Aveeno “Skin Relief” moisturizing lotion
Apply a small amount 2 to 5 times a day or whenever your tattoo is dry.
Do not smother your tattoo with the lotion, its better to use sparingly.
The peeling/shedding process goes on for about a week to 10 days.

Never touch a healing tattoo with dirty hands and always use good hygiene.
Keep your tattoo out of direct sunlight.
No swimming in ocean or fresh water.
No bath, jacuzzi, or any type of soaking.
No sports or any other activity such as working out and weight lifting.
Use your common sense.

Infection in a well executed tattoo is very rare.
At any sign of an infection or if you have any questions, contact the shop or your local physician ASAP.
We do not recommend petroleum-based ointments, Neosporin, etc.
Please do not listen to any other advice!!

Aloha from Kulture!

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