Monday, October 20, 2014

Symbol definition and Samoan Tatau Tattoo

Symbolism Definition
the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.

Symbol Definition
a mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process, e.g. the letter or letters standing for a chemical element or a character in musical notation.

Symbolic Definition
serving as a symbol.

Tatau Tattoo
Back in the days, only 2 families were allowed to get the tatau/pea, Suluape’s family and Su’a’s family. Falaniko Tominiko was a resident of Auckland Uni. Just before Falaniko gets the tattoo he first had to ask his parents, His mum was worried because of the pain, and also thought he was joking. It then got really serious the dad said it was all about bravery but especially service.

Its actually traditional to have a soa (partner) for support. Once you start on the tatau you must get it finished because it is an embarrassment to the family! Also if you treat the tattoo artist he’ll finish off your tattoo in the most less painful way, but if you don’t treat him right then he’ll treat you by doing your tattoo painful.

Overall, what I learnt was not to be selfish with what you do, what you have or what you learnt. Suluape taught Falaniko’s soa (supporter) how to do it. Its actually good to teach people new stuff like being a tattoo artist.

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