Cen­turies-old body art demon­strated

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Photo: JIM CHIPP

Liv­ing can­vas: Mas­ter tatau artist Paul Ju­nior Sulu’ape works on Ricky Ma­soe at Welling­ton City Gallery while Tuiga­mala Tauafi­afi helps stretch the skin. Mr Sulu’ape was demon­strat­ing tatau, the tra­di­tional Pa­cific art of tap­ping tat­too ink into the skin with a comb chisel. He will be at the gallery un­til Septem­ber 14. Mr Sulu’ape, who lives in Falea­siu, Samoa, said the work is tra­di­tion­ally passed from fa­ther to son. ‘‘I started look­ing at him do­ing work when I was a kid. I learned from watch­ing as a stretcher.’’ The tra­di­tional de­signs have been passed down though gen­er­a­tions and must not be var­ied, he said. The demon­stra­tions are part of the Sui faiga ae tu­mau fa’avae Pa­cific tatau (tat­too) ex­hi­bi­tion at the gallery.

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