Samoan tattoo demonstration

A rare chance to see skilled tatau artists at work. Pacific curator Sean Mallon leads a Q&A at 2pm.

  • When Sat 3 Dec 2016, 11:00am–4:00pm
  • Where
    Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa, Level 5
  • Cost Free event (limited seating)

Come see tufuga ta tatau – Samoan tatau artists – practise their art next to the exhibition Adorned | Whakarakei, which explores adornment in Māori and Pacific cultures.

Sulu’ape Steve Looney and Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi use modern tools to create customary designs on clients throughout the day.

At 2pm, Pacific curator Sean Mallon talks to the artists, and invites you to ask them questions.

Traditional tattooing


Thomas Andrew, Tattooing, Samoa, 1890–1910, albumen silver print. Gift of Alison Beckett and Robert McPherson, 1996. Te Papa (O.001279/01)