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LOS ANGELES–Stories on Skin: Samoan Tatau and Japanese Irezumi

December 18, 2021 @ 11:30 am1:00 pm

taki tattooing

Los Angeles County Library–Learn about Los Angeles County’s vibrant immigrant population through the most personal of art forms: the tattoo. Different cultures throughout the world have long used tattooing to symbolize their beliefs; however, the motifs, traditions, and techniques vary greatly from people to people. What is the cultural significance of these tattoos, and what stories do they have to tell? Join us for an exciting series of virtual programs exploring the cultural significance of tattoos to LA County’s Chicano, Black and African, and AAPI communities.

Delve into the beauty and tradition of Samoan Tatau and Japanese Irezumi with 2 of its most revered practitioners, Sulu’ape Si’i Liufau and Taki Ryudaibori Kitamura. Discover why these tattoo legacies endure, and their role in the preservation and prosperity of Samoan and Japanese culture.

Saturday, December 18, 2021, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Virtual event

To attend this virtual event, please register online.

For more information, go to https://lacountylibrary.org/stories-on-skin/ or contact Katrina Lacerna, Asian Pacific Resource Center Librarian, (626) 573-5220, KLacerna@library.lacounty.gov

This project is supported by California Humanities through the Library Innovation Lab.


December 18, 2021
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
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