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I'm not really asking this for myself, but I was wondering if it would be considered racist/culturally insensitive to get the pe'a or the malu if you're not Samoan.
It really depends on the circumstances, I think. Two points:
- I have heard of people going out to the Philippines to take part in traditional tattooing because they understand the history of tattooing and want to express it. If it’s an authentic native source you go to and you are respectful of the true history and process, you can find your place in a beautiful international history.
- Getting a tribal-style “Pe’a” from some dude in New Jersey? Cultural appropriation. It’s out of context historically and doesn’t respect the symbols or customs of the native source. Thumbs down.
Someone who’s Samoan may have a more relevant opinion than I do, but I know that this distinction between supporting Native arts and co-opting Native traditions is one made by other people of every nationality.
what do you think of sugar skull tattoos? I really want one, i want it customized completely to my likings, things that i feel fit me well. lol but anyways, what are your opinions on them?
I honestly think they’re tacky and, at worst, can be kind of racist. Same with Native American, Geiska, Gypsy (Roma), and other cultural appropriation.
Calaveras (sugar skulls) are a religious tribute to ancestors and later use by the Mexican Revolution by socialist print makers and muralists as a symbol against colonial/class oppression. They are steeped in Latin American history. Unless you have a connection to this history and respect it, you’re ripping off someone else’s culture for fashion.
La Catrina by Mexican Artist José Guadalupe Posada
Section of Diego Rivera’s mural “Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central ”
Eventually I’m going to either track down a good post from @delacroix or @fyeahtattoos on the subject or research a longer one myself.