Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rihanna gets a Samoan tattoo in Auckland...yippeee!!!

She got them on her hand, very manaia.
It's already been described as Maori and tribal and other things, but from the photo, its mostly the simple faa vae gogo patterns (seagull). 


Already, I'm just laughing at the angry panties online crying foul over her getting tattooed, over the palagi tattooist etc etc and what not.

I say....AWESOME STUFF......Samoa is the home of tattooing. (I'm going to sound like that Greek dad in My Big Fat Greek wedding...Now the root word for Tattoo comes from the Samoan word of Tatau...so there! hahah).

And for all you Samoans who are crying foul about her getting tattooed? ... Get inked and over it.

Here's an example of headlines relating to the above tattooing: This one by Sarah Bull.



Post Update:
I got this comment from a Maori person, and because I am a fair person, I am posting it here...

A few things that need to be cleared up here.... 1.This tattoo is a Kirituhi (Maori tattoo). 2.The tools used are called Te Uhi (Maori tools). Te Uhi are never used to create any tattoo but Kirituhi, regardless. 3.The tattooist isn't European (Palagi) but a Maori called Inia Taylor who was introduced to him by Tiki Taane (Maori singer). 4.The word tattoo derives from the Tahitian word "tatau" not the Samoan word "tatau" though they both have the same meaning "to mark". 5.The pattern you have put up is used throughout the Pacific (inc. Maoridom) it's not restricted to Samoa and it has the same meaning to Maori. Just like the word "tatau" has the same meaning to Samoa. 6.Samoa isn't home to tattoos. Asians were tattooing even before Samoans arrived in Samoa. 7.It' a historical fact that that Samoans recieved tattoos from Fijians. 8.She got the Kirituhi in honour of Maori. The symbols >< >< >< similar to this on her hand represent the Polynesian stars that navigated Maori to on.


Yeah Nah, it is Samoan (: 

1 comment:

Truth And Love said...

A few things that need to be cleared up here....

1.This tattoo is a Kirituhi (Maori tattoo).

2.The tools used are called Te Uhi (Maori tools). Te Uhi are never used to create any tattoo but Kirituhi, regardless.

3.The tattooist isn't European (Palagi) but a Maori called Inia Taylor who was introduced to him by Tiki Taane (Maori singer).

4.The word tattoo derives from the Tahitian word "tatau" not the Samoan word "tatau" though they both have the same meaning "to mark".

5.The pattern you have put up is used throughout the Pacific (inc. Maoridom) it's not restricted to Samoa and it has the same meaning to Maori. Just like the word "tatau" has the same meaning to Samoa.

6.Samoa isn't home to tattoos. Asians were tattooing even before Samoans arrived in Samoa.

7.It' a historical fact that that Samoans recieved tattoos from Fijians.

8.She got the Kirituhi in honour of Maori. The symbols >< >< >< similar to this on her hand represent the Polynesian stars that navigated Maori to Aotearoa (NZ).
These symbols also > > > that are on her hand represents birds footprints, as they were the ones who walked NZ before Maori aka reflecting on the past.
So it essentially means to remember the past and navigate your way to a better future.

9.Like yourself Sarah Bull is wrong. The traditional Maori way of tattooing Ta Moko was like that of hitting a chisel away at wood. So chunks of skin would come out and thus creating grove patterns.
Maori warriors used to apply this method of tattooing to their faces to show there ranking within their tribe.

10.Please put this page down now. It's very disrespectful to Maoridom. Thank you.