We’ve been in Hawaii for almost a week catching up with family and friends. We’ll share some memories in another post. This one is dedicated to the amazing night we had with the Soul Signature Ohana.
When coming to Ohau this time I wanted to add more story from my right 1/2 sleeve onto my left and Kitty wanted to get her first tattoo. Lopeti (Raspets) was who had done my previous piece and we both wanted him to help us with these new ones. Lopeti is an amazing artist and soul. He really puts the love of his craft into his work and was able to capture Kitty’s story perfectly.
Soul Signature is truly one big Ohana. Sua Suluape Toeutu’u Aisea was welcoming guests, tattooing, and playing the occasional drums with the keiki.
Kitty’s took several hours and afterwards it was my turn. This time I was getting a shoulder cap on the left side. Lopeti added so many elements of my family and heritage to the piece it turned out perfect. You’ll notice Kitty and I both have the Enata representing our marriage and 3 kids.
All pau at 2am? Not yet…
As luck / fate would have it there happened to be a gathering of the top most venerated artists in the world. Soul Signature was ground zero for the gathering. The tattoo legend Freddy Negrete checked out both our tattoos and took some time to get a pic with Kitty.
Most of the night people were waiting for the arrival of the master and father Sua Sulu’ape Petelo. His plane landed after midnight and he came right over. He is such a kind soul and took time to talk story with us for awhile before the crowd arrived. Watch the video above if you’re not familiar with him but he is also a tattoo icon and cultural legend.
It was a long night for the kids they danced and partied as long as they could till they eventually passed out on the tatau mats for pe’a and hand tapping in the back.
People from all over the world showed up while we were getting tattooed. We met some amazing people from Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand, Europe, modern Hawaii torch bearers, and even Rich from the Honolulu Tatau MC. Check out our little Ohana in the background. It was an amazing night with some of the most Aloha we’ve ever felt. It was truly a special night at a special place. Mahalo nui loa to Lopeti, Aisea, and the entire Soul Signature Ohana.