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Learning the Art of Traditional Tattooing on the Cook Islands | Short Film Showcase

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Published on Oct 30, 2016

Englishman Croc Coulter lives in Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands in the Pacific Ocean. He has become a master of the traditional Polynesian art of tātatau—an ancient tattooing process that involves using handmade tools of bone or tusks and ink to mark the skin. The artistry is to be bestowed or handed down in a ceremony, but the apprentice must first fit the bill. In this short film by Robert George, we learn how respect for tradition, tools, and designs are what will keep tātatau alive.
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