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Lunchtime ink session


I’ve taken it upon myself to be the resident tattoo writer here at the Current not because I have a collection of tat’s or anything (Sorry tattoo fanatics, my skin hasn’t been touched by the ink machine … and it probably never will.) but I do have a genuine interest when it comes to tastefully done tattoo’s. That’s why I snuck out earlier today to catch Maori visual artist Julie Kipa at the Southwest School of Art & Craft demonstrate the traditional art of Maori tattoos.

When I arrived Kipa was tattooing a local tattoo artist (who’s name I didn’t even bother catching because I didn’t want to interrupt the tattoo session), although his arms and legs were covered in tattoo’s he still squirmed a bit when the steel metal tip of Kipa’s inking machine hit his foot (which I’ve heard is quite a tender place to get tattooed).

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Nearly completed:
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Catch Kipa in action tomorrow at SSAC from 10am-4pm doing more tattoo demonstrations. Also, tomorrow you can also catch the Maori Dance Ensemble of New Zealand. All events are free and open to the public — they’re being held in the Russell Hill Rogers galleries on the Navarro Campus.

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