Xavier Saint Amand
“I was the first artist of color to open a tattoo studio in Paris,” says Xavier Saint Amand proudly. Born in Guadeloupe, Xavier studied Tahitian and Marquesas tattoo art under the internationally renowned Tahitian tattoo artist Julien in Montpellier, France.
Polynesian tattoos quickly turned into a passion that gripped him for life. “You live it 100%, you think of it all the time,” he says.
Xavier’s distinct style is a departure from the traditional Polynesian tattoo. He combines traditional Polynesian motifs with purely decorative Marquesan inspired art, creating a dynamic and modern aesthetic that yet beautifully expresses the essence of a Polynesian “tribal tattoo”. Get in touch with Xavier via his website http://www.goldtattoo.fr
“I have always been fascinated with Polynesian art and have been drawing for as long as I can remember,” Samoan tattoo artist Eugene “Eugenius” Ta’ase says. Eugene started his tattooing career on Maui when he moved there from American Samoa and his interest in Polynesian tattoos quickly turned into a passion.
His art is most influenced by the traditional Samoan motifs, but he also incorporates other Polynesian motifs. The result is a fiercely beautiful pan-Polynesian style with a distinct Samoan flavor.
After years of tattooing in Maui and Oahu, he moved to Las Vegas, where he practices his art now. Get in touch him via his website http://www.eugeniustattoos.com/
Teva was born in Hawaii from Tahitian and Seychelles parents, but his art is firmly rooted in Tahiti. He learned tattooing from his friend Teni (aka “Gringo”), one of the most well-known Tahitian tattoo artists, along with his Marquesan cousins. Teva travels to Tahiti every year to spend time with his family and friends.
Though Teva is also versed in Hawaiian and Samoan tattoo styles if a client requests it, his natural style is a mixture of Tahitian and Marquesan, which he enjoys the most. Like all good Polynesian tattoo artists, he creates tattoos specifically for his clients, based on the meaning the client would like represented. “I pretty much feed off their energy, what they tell me,” he says.
In addition, Teva is also the creator of a line of clothing, shoes and headwear featuring his tattoo art at http://www.tapuclothing.com/accessories.html
Pacific Rootz Tatau
Born and raised in Maui, Kuaika was on a dangerous path before he found his calling as a Hawaiian tattoo artist at the age of 15. “I started hanging out with the wrong crowd,” he says. But even then he was creating art. “I got into graffiti and I got joy out of seeing my artwork all over the place.”
At 15, he learned tattooing with prison-style homemade equipment, from the older brother of a friend. Word about his artistry got out, and he quickly found himself tattooing friends.
By the age of 17, he had moved on to using tattoo machinery bought on ebay, but could not find anyone who would apprentice him, until a chance introduction to Samson, one of Hawaii’s most renowned tattoo artists with deep roots in Hawaiian culture.
Kuaikapracticed his art at Samson’s Pacific Rootz studio in Kihei, Maui, until opening his own private studio InkedbyKuaikz in Kahului. He also creates and sells amazing Hawaiian tattoo inspired art on canvas. Get in touch with him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KUAIKZ
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