Masters of Body Art- Tattoo Honolulu Exhibit

Sorry my fashion darlings, but I just can’t get enough of Hawaiiana art and culture!

Here’s a quick post on a current exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art that I got to visit (again) today.

“The Honolulu Museum of Art breaks new ground with an exhibition focusing on Hawai‘i’s high quality of tattoo art—and how it sprouted from the islands’ mix of cultures rich with tattoo traditions -Hawaiian, American, Japanese and Polynesian cultures. By linking the past with the present, the museum hopes to expand cultural awareness not only about the art of the tattoo, but also the rich cultural traditions it is based on.” -Honolulu Museum of Art

Presently, Honolulu is recognized as one of the world’s tattoo meccas.

Featuring the work of 10 tattoo masters, the museum displays a photographic collection of their craft, skills and ideas. An example of the featured photograph:

The exhibition began on June 14, 2012 and will run through January 13, 2013.

Also available at the museum is the Tattoo Film Festival between June 23rd and July 6, 2012.

A Lecture series by Tricia Allen entitled Tattoo Traditions of Polynesia will be held on July 30th and August 5th at 7:30pm.

On a personal level, I don’t see myself ever marking my body in that way permanently, as I see my body as a temple, I respect it too deeply 😉 However, after today, I also have a new found respect for tattoos as a form of historical art, tying our peoples, culture and generations together.

I won’t be posting too much photos as I would rather that you visit the exhibit to see the for yourself the magnificent work of these artists.

Thanks to the ladies Jen, Jena, Catt, Retch, Sammie, Nat, Ersa, Janice and the only gent Jacob for a wonderful tour at the Honolulu Museum of Art. As always, I had a fabulous time!

“Art is a shadow of what a person is thinking. a small glimpse of what they hold inside. Little secrets, regrets, joys… every line has its own meaning.” -Unknown

Love,
Honey

Hawaii Plantation Village

While we are on the topic of museums…

Another great place that I visited during my staycay (stay + vacay) here in Hawaii Nei the beginning of June was the historical Hawaii Plantation Village, an outdoor museum in old Waipahu.

“Hawaii’s Plantation Village is an outdoor museum that tells the story of life on Hawaii’s Sugar Plantations (circa 1850-1950). The Village includes restored buildings and replicas of plantation structures such as houses of various ethnic groups, community buildings such as the plantation store, infirmary, community bathhouse, and manager’s office. We share the story of Hawaii’s various cultures, including Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Japanese, Korean, and Filipino.” – Hawaii Plantation Village

It was a very educational experience.  Almost like stepping back into time and grasping the life and culture of the plantation workers who made Hawaii to be what it is today.  We had a wonderful tour guide named Brenda, and  with it just being my sister and I, it was like having a private tour 🙂

By visiting the museum, I know that I have paid my gratitude to those who lived the harsh life of the plantation to give their families and the future generation better opportunity.

Definitely a must-see if you are into Hawaiian history and culture.

Hawaii’s Plantation Village
94-695 Waipahu Street
Waipahu, HI 96797
tel: (808) 677-0110
www.hawaiiplantationvillage.org

Admissions
General Adult Admission: $13.00

Discounted Rates
Out-of-State Seniors (62+ with ID): $10.00
Military (with valid ID): $7.00
Kama’aina (with valid ID): $7.00
Youth (ages 4-11 years): $5.00
Child (3 and under): FREE

Some photos:

Love,
Honey