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Blaisdell Exposition Hall
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In December 2016, Keli'i was recognized as "Kahuna Ka Uhi"
(Priest of Tattooing) through a ceremony that, historically,
hasn't been performed for over 200 years. He is the only
Hawaiian to hold this title. Throughout the years, he has
contributed actively alongside Keone Nunes to bring uhi back...
Traditional Hawaiian tatau practitioner based in Nanakuli.
With over twenty years of experience, he began tattooing using the
traditional Polynesian "tapping" method, using his own handmade moli
(tattoo tool) and pa'u (ink)...
Su'a Peter Suluape
Son of renowned Samoan traditional tattoo artist,
Su'a Suluape Petelo Alaiva'a. He was first introduced to
the world of tatau at a young age, assisting his father in
the crafting of traditional tools. At the age of 21, his father
sent him to...
Judge of Ink Master, is an artist whose whole life revolves
around tattooing. He began tattooing when he was just 19
years old in his hometown of Dallas, TX and has perfected
his precise and traditional tattooing style making him one
of the best and well-known ‘old school’ American style...
"I was 10 years and two months old to the day, when the Japanese
bombed Pearl Harbor. All through the war servicemen returning home
either on leave or maybe discharged from being wounded, many
were sporting tattoos. To a kid my age, those tattoos were "hot shit"...
Started tattooing in 2002, Hurtando was raised in San Fernando
Valley in Southern California with his uncles and Grandfather who
had home-made tattoos done with needle and thread. Comic books
and cartoons heavily inspired him to become an artist. He started to
draw cartoons when he was a little boy...
A Los Angeles native, Big Gus is a tattoo artist and the host of
Spike TV’s hit TV show “Tattoo Nightmares”. At the age of 5 years old,
Big Gus’ mother gave him his first paint brush set, and would
always encourage him throughout his childhood to draw, paint, and trace...
A New York native from the Bronx, Emanuel is a tattoo artist
and owner of the Black Ink brand. He appears on VH-1’s hit
TV show, ’Black Ink Crew’, featuring his at ‘Black Ink Tattoo Studio’...