A feature of Mark Adams’s tatau photographs is that they are frequently sited in the domestic context of the person who is being tattooed or has been tattooed. This provides each image with many personal details about the living environment, as well as their family and friends. This personalises the photographs so that people and their suburban location are intertwined.
The Tufuga tatau Sua Suluape Paulo II has two helpers – Arona (at centre) and Leo (at right) assisting as solo or skin stretchers. Tom Ah Fook was a Chinese Samoan wrestler and the portraits that Mark Adams made of them were done over 2 weekends.
- Triangle Road, Massey, West Auckland.. Tattooing Tom Ah Fook.. Tufuga tatatau Sua Suluape Paulo II.
- Production date
- c type print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper, from 4 x 5 inch Ektachrome transparency
- 750 x 1000 mm
- Credit line
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the artist through the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation, 2017
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- Copying restrictions apply
- New Zealand Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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