Can I get a Samoan tattoo?” “Not unless you’re rich enough!”
And they’re just words. You are all different in our culture. In Samoan culture, you can get tattoos that are very traditional—it’s a piece of skin you cut off from another person. It can even be on the underside of your belly button. But in my culture, the tattoos are the way our culture is, so it’s a part of your culture, and you get it, you wear it. I think tattoos are very important because in this country, as in other cultures, if you want to show that you have something and that you are proud of it, you do it with a lot of tattoos. It’s more than just a tattoo; it is the way you show you have respect for your mother or your father or the way you show that you care about people. So we have that in a lot of Samoan cultures. But for me, this is the most beautiful tattoo I’ve ever seen.
Tell me about the work you did for Dior. How did you do that?
It started off as a joke, but when I got back from my tour I knew I wanted to do something different with it. I thought of how we do the tattoo we get for our birthday, so that’s pretty much how it started. I didn’t have a lot of practice of doing it. I didn’t have the resources either. I didn’t have a tattoo parlor in LA, even though I had the most famous tattoo parlor in LA. I had a few people that I went to, but I wanted to do it myself. It didn’t work out. It was really difficult to get it done in LA because of the heat and the heat at times, and there was very little that I could do. So I put a lot of thought into what I needed to do to get it done because then I had a lot of confidence that I could do anything I wanted to do with it. It was just a very happy accident.
How have you looked at the reactions?
I just looked at the reactions of some of the friends that saw the image! When it first came out, the first time I saw it I was like, “What the hell?” It was amazing. But I think the thing that I love most about it is when you see it and you go, “Wow, I love her,” I think you’re pretty much thinking “How did that happen?”
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