Live tat­too­ing fea­tures dur­ing arts trail

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Artist Lorna Tawhiti, from O¯ taki Beach, will be tat­too­ing live dur­ing the Ka¯ piti Arts Trail.

A court­yard at 13 Scott Ave will be trans­formed into an out­door gallery for her art­work, while peo­ple will see Lorna tat­too­ing live from 11am each day.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to meet­ing other art en­thu­si­asts, shar­ing my jour­ney and pur­pose­built space.

“I hope to in­spire oth­ers who have a pas­sion for tat­too­ing and this style of art.

“It will also be a great op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors, un­fa­mil­iar to tat­too­ing, to see first hand what hap­pens and how.”

Lorna’s first tat­too lines hap­pened over 10 years ago “un­der the guid­ance of my brother Des­mond Tawhiti, an ex­cep­tional artist both with pen and tat­too ma­chine.

“I have loved cre­at­ing ar­tis­ti­cally since I can re­mem­ber and my brother en­cour­aged me to take up tat­too­ing long be­fore I did.

“In 2008, fol­low­ing men­tor­ship from an ex­pe­ri­enced lo­cal tat­too artist, Shane Jones, my hus­band Gra­ham Wat­son and I de­cided to build our ‘Ap­point­ment Only’ tat­too stu­dio, which took a fur­ther six years.

“I tran­si­tioned from full­time work in ed­u­ca­tion to full­time tat­too artist and we’re now in our fourth year of busi­ness.

“I en­joy all as­pects of tat­too­ing from the ini­tial con­sult with clients, dis­cussing ideas, de­sign­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing, to the day of their tat­too bring­ing to life those ideas and giv­ing them per­ma­nence.”

Lorna, who has does other art­form in­clud­ing dig­i­tal art, said there were count­less tat­toos she felt con­nected to.

“This is be­cause of how the tat­too res­onates with the client and the mean­ing be­hind it.

“For many, there is a deep emo­tional and spir­i­tual con­nec­tion with their tat­toos giv­ing chance to ex­press them­selves ac­cord­ingly.

“I am hum­bled to be part of that process.”

The Ka¯ piti Arts Trail runs over two week­ends Oc­to­ber 27-28 and Novem­ber 3-4.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion see: www.kapiti­coast.govt.nz/arts-trail

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Artist Lorna Tawhiti, from Otaki ¯ Beach.

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An ex­am­ple of Lorna’s work.

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