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Tatau Design

Amanda Stowers


          
            Tatau Design

Tatau Design

Designed for the Culture

In 2020 I designed a modern 1/4 sleeve Samoan tatau for my cousin. I don't typically accept offers for Tatau design, and usually recommend those asking to seek out a Pasifika tattoo artist and trust them and their design process. Tatau is a sacred art that requires a lot of education, however this piece was special as it was for aiga (family) so I agreed. I consulted my tua'ā (ancestors) on every step of this piece and it took many hours of designing. While I don't currently offer tatau design at the moment, it is a practice I'd like to continue to potentially offer designs in the future. 

I sketched out the entire piece by hand with pencil before inking the complete design. It was then tattooed by an artist in Colorado. You can see some process photos below.