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The Art of Safe Tatau

The Art of Safe Tatau

The purpose of this factsheet is to provide information on safe customary tattooing practices, to prevent contamination and reduce the likelihood of infection. Whilst this factsheet focusses more on health and safety practice, cultural and spiritual processes associated with customary tattooing are captured in the video.

The information on the factsheet should be read in conjunction with Le Va’s video of the fono attended by Tufuga ta tatau from both Samoa and New Zealand.


Le Va- The Art of Safe Tatau

Published 5 February 2020

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