The traditional technique of tattooing ‘kakau’, was in its full flow at the Third Annual Salt Lake City International Tattoo Convention at the Salt Palace Convention Center this weekend. Shunning the tattoo gun, enthusiasts like Alison Trowbridge were enjoying the tapping of needles into their skin while lying on the bamboo mats. Seems painful, but the tattoo artist from Hawaii, Keone Nunes pours out a different flavor. He’s an expert in this traditional style of tattooing and confidently affirms that the process takes out less blood and takes you straightway thousands of years back where the ancestors used to mark their skins in monochromatic green in the same way.
‘Moli’, the tool used in kakau tattooing, comprises of hippopotamus tusk needles coupled with a wooden stick.