(This one is a big deal because if it were just about hair tattoos, we’d have a more common term)
Samoan tattoos are known as “long-nose tattoos” due to their length and shape. A long face tattoo is called a “Samoan nose”, so if you’re looking at that tattoo, you may assume you’re looking at an animal or a person in a Samoan nose. In fact, this type of tattoo is considered a kind of cultural heritage in Pacific Island cultures.
In a longer word, however, it is simply a tattoo of a face with a number of teeth (called the “noses”). Sometimes this happens just in front of the nose, but most often in the mouth and cheeks or even on the chin. This type of tattoo is considered a very ancient style of tattooing, it evolved from the “Samoan nose” style.
Long-nose tattoos have only been popular in Samoa in recent times, as the tattoos are considered to be an essential piece of style. The tattoo artists at Taitui Tattoo in Hamilton are famous for creating some of the most interesting, original long-nose tattoos.
What is a Samoan tattoo called? (Now you’ve heard it all)
A Samoan tattoo has a number of names depending on the area it is to be applied in.
Long-Nose Stylist is a name for tattoo artists specializing in this style. Long-nose stylists apply a large, wide tattoo across a variety of areas.
Long-nose is a different term to describe this style as it is applied over the entire face instead of just on the cheeks or chin (you can find a more detailed description of this tattoo style here)
The Samoans in Europe are also known as “long-nose” tattoo artists. They will apply the style to the cheek and the cheekbones.
So we know that the Samoan tattoos are different from what we see in the States, what are they? In Europe, we see a number of styles, each with their own name.
Long-nose tattoo is a unique style to Samoan peoples, as they evolved and invented it independently. This unique tattoo style was adopted by European settlers, as it was one of the first tattoo styles for them to adopt, and also is the first style they learned to use. Long-nose tattooers started the trend of creating tattoos in Europe from
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