Back by overwhelming demand and fighting out of the CENSORSHIP corner…I’m happy to present Tattoo Time! Where we studiously examine the artistry and cultural significance of some Polynesian tattoos and (more specifically) the Polynesians who rock them. Today’s feature is Brad Kaipo Tavares from Hawaii. Brad is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter who competes in the middleweight division. If any of you watch UFC then you would have caught his tattooed self in the 2010 season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ (I cant say if he was any good on UFC because I never watch sports where grown men beat the stuffing out of each other. Unless its rugby. And somebody’s having a wardrobe malfunction.)
So how and why did Mr Tavares’ tattoos catch my attention? Some of you know that there’s a new character introduced in my second TELESA book. His name is Keahi. He’s from Hawaii and he has a teensie bit of an attitude problem. He’s also a student of ‘Lua’ which is the traditional Hawaiian martial art…so in the name of research, I turned to Google ( the fountain of all wisdom and knowledge) and Tavares’ tattoos were most intriguing. At first I thought Tavares might have some Samoan in him BUT we asked him on Twitter and he graciously replied, “No.” (It’s okay, we won’t hold it against you.) Brad was born in Kailua, Hawaii in 1987 and his fight specialties are muay thai and wrestling. He currently fights out of Las Vegas.
He has a half-sleeve and chest tattoo on his left arm. (You might see it better if he puts his arms up, like so…)
And running down his right side is some more ink. This time its his name and it is a beautiful piece of tattoo artistry…
Isn’t it so annoying how abs and definition can get in the way of appreciating the tattoo?!
Tavares also has ink that runs the full length of his right leg which is a first for our Tattoo Time feature.
You can see more of Tavares’ tattoos on You Tube here: http://youtu.be/tg_eXUrJFr8 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-Z4VC6cT3A
And one last time…those tattoos ( HELLO, QUIT LOOKING AT ANYTHING ELSE!)
So there you have it. Tattoo Time with Brad Tavares. Just sharing some of my hard work research efforts with you as I continue on my endless quest to ‘Find Keahi..…