In late June of '97, Steve Gilbert introduced
me to Tricia Allen, who, had traveled from her home base of Hawai'i
to Toronto, Canada to visit with Steve, and to give a lecture
and slideshow to around 40 tattoo artists and enthusiasts from
throughout Canada , and a few from the United States. A supplemental
interview, available in the online "Tattoo History Source Book"
with Tricia on tattooing in Polynesia today will brush on some
of the substance of her wonderful work. On behalf of everyone
and on behalf of all the artists that attended The presentation,
I wish to give Tricia a heart felt thanks for opening a window
into this artform that was previously so out of my reach.
Allen is a doctoral candidate Anthropology at the university of
Hawai'i. She completed her master's thesis in 1992 on the early
practice of tattooing in the Marquesas. since '92 she has been
researching the revival of the arts in the Pacific. Her work has
taken her to the Marquesas, Tahiti, rapa Nui (Easter Island) and
Samoa. Although her permanent home is still in Hawai'i, Tricia
regularly schedules tattoo trips to both Northern and Southern
California by advance appointment.
Tricia's extensive experiance and research on Polynesian
art and and culture have given her a unique approach to the art.
She encourages her clients to choose designs that have deep significance,
often providing guidance through the process of design selection.
tricia does not tattoo "commercial "flash" as she believes each
tattoo should be as unique as the individual.
In order to schedule an appointment, a 50.00 USD
advance deposit is required. Deposits are dated according to when
recieved and preferance in scheduling is given accordingly.
In order to sign-up by mail, send your deposit with
a description of the tattoo you have in mind to:
Tricia Allen, P.O. Box 619 67 honolulu, Hi 96839
You can also sign-up in person and see samples of
Tricia's work and see samples of Tricia's work at any of the following
Allana Hawaiian Fabrics & Design in Redwood
City at 2117 Broadway, (415) 568-3277. Sun Jose Hawai'i in San
hose, at 410 West Capitol expressway (408) 281-9262. Motu Hawai'i
in Pacific beach ,at 4150 Mission Blvd, (619) 272-MOTU picture
at right Teiki, of the Marquesas Islands
For more on Tricia Allen , read the interview by
Steve Gilbert in "The
Tattoo History Source Book"