www.thetattooistmovie.comTHE TATTOOIST starring Jason Behr, Mia Blake, Michael Hurst and Singapore's Caroline Cheong is a supernatural thriller, made by Singaporean and New Zealand co-production partners. The story centres on Samoan spiritual beliefs, in which the barrier between our world and the spirit world is very thin, leading events in one to have serious and chilling repercussions in the other.
The Tattooist – a Samoan perspective:
The underlying theme of this movie is very real in Samoan terms, as Samoan cultural adviser to the film, orator chief Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo (Tafa) explains: “There's a term in Samoan called lama avea. When a person steals something from a tattooist like an implement, a design or a title or when a tattooist performs without the proper traditional Samoan cultural franchise, the term lama avea applies. It means that his art has been cursed. So because Jake steals a tool from the Samoan tattooist Alipati at the Singapore tattoo convention, every new work that he does becomes lama avea. The evil spirit, the ghost of the art of tattooing, has gone through the tool to make the recipients of Jake’s tattoos the victims of the curse.”
He says “The perspective of the Lagimalofie Trust to which I belong, toward the film is quite positive because it reflects the power and the nature of tatau or pe’a in a traditional way being so powerful. The movie portrays a powerful image and the philosophy that underlines the art of body art from a Samoan perspective - the ghost, the taboos and the sacred practices surrounding the art of tattooing in the Samoan context and that’s why we thought that the movie portrays the powerful image of tatau.
“As a group of Samoan men and women with Samoan traditional tattoos. We are very happy with the movie because it portrays the powerful notion of traditional body arts called lagimalofie.”
The Tattooist is NOW showing in New Zealand & Singapore! TATTOOS ROCK!