Among the most intriguing aspects of Pacific life is the "Tattoo Culture." As I mentioned on the Tribute page in the Rarotonga section, the iconography in Pacific tatoos is much like the images that I have "doodled" throughout my life. The consequence of first encountering the tattoo culture is that I came back able to assign aesthetic value to those images that I have created most of my life. Images that I had never thought of as "part of my art" until having this experience.
I met the young woman pictured below, Raewyne Te-Arao Gray, at a dance club in Anse Vata early in the trip. She is Maori and was a member of the same dance group as Kepa, Te Mataarae I Orehu. The bravery and pride that she displayed as she danced with the group were carried over to the tattoo table.