Sulu’ape Steve Looney

In this short clip Sulu’ape Steve talks about how for many of his clients who are part of the Samoan diaspora, which has taken many Samoan people out of Samoa and planted them all across the West Coast of the United States and especially in Hawaii, that to get a Samoan influenced tattoo is a way of identifying with the culture. It is a mark of Identity for these Indigenous Samoan people, check it out, it a neat clip.

This example encourages me on my journey, for it is important to provide culturally significant ways for urban Indigenous peoples like my self to identify with our culture.

Steve works out of Pacific Soul Tattoo in Honolulu Hawaii, you can check it out at

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