Native Ink Tattoo Expo 

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Teresa McGinnis, of Eureka, gets a traditional arm-band tattoo applied by hand by Sulu'ape Si'i Liufau (right), of A-Town Tattoo in Garden Grove, who specializes in Polynesian tattooing and traditional tatau.
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According to Sulu'ape Si'i Liufau (right), of A-Town Tattoo, he fashions a modern version of the traditional tatau tool from stainless steel and plexiglass, which he makes for each customer. Much of the traditional process remains, including a helper to stretch the skin. The design is done freehand. The man or woman lies on the floor on a mat, not sitting in a chair.
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During the afternoon Captain's Side Show, two girls were recruited from the audience to add some weight to performer Dustin Mathis (of SB Body Arts in Oklahoma City) as he rested on a bed of nails.
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Nahaan (left), of Seattle, was one of the few tattoo artists present at the event who specialized only in "native ink." He focuses on the design style of Northwest Pacific Coast practices, designs and customs of ceremonial tattooing.
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Michelangelo's "Pieta" was Carline Brandenburg's personal choice for her new tattoo design being done by Coy Johnson, of Top Shelf Tattoo (located in Tulsa, Oklahoma).
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Teresa McGinnis, of Eureka, and Kathy Spott, of Loleta, had their traditional arm-band tattoos done (and photographed) by Sulu'ape Si'i Liufau, owner and operator of A-Town Tattoo in Garden Grove, who specializes in Polynesian tattooing and traditional tatau.
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Crysta Culver, wife of tattoo artist Martin Culver, of Dominant Ink Tattoo in Red Bluff, sought to get his attention to take a break.
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Joe Ballew, of Eureka, distracted himself with his phone while getting a memorial for his nephew tattooed on his calf.
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Ari Chandler, of Eureka, got his new octopus tattoo documented by Evan Moore, event photographer from CannaGraohics and DecayingLight.com.
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Logan Heintz, of McKinleyville, had these two swallow tattoos added to his chest by by artist Lando of the Artistic Temple Social Club of Marysville.
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Cheryl Martins-Fales, of Eureka, entered her new tattoo (done by Mario Daggett, of Los Angeles) in the "large black-n-grey" competition.
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Talvi Fried, of Eureka, was back for Saturday's tattoo competition to enter her new color tattoo done on Friday by artist Enrique Torres.
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Some tattoo-competition contestants had to use a variety of body contortions and clothing-removal to expose their designs for the judges.
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Tattoo artist Carlos Lemon, of San Antonio, emcee for the Native Ink event and tattoo competition on Saturday, made a humorous attempt to provide some modesty for an entrant showing off her tattoo design for the judges.
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Sara Nelson, of Carlotta, showed her new tattoo for the judges in the "best skull" category of the tattoo competition.
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Benny Helms IV, of Arcata, won first place in the "best Native American" category in the Saturday tattoo competition.
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Dustin Mathis (of SB Body Arts in Oklahoma City) launched Alexandrea Bettis, of Loleta, off the ground using hooks through the skin of her back in the afternoon Human Suspension performance.
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The aerial Human Suspension Sideshow with Dustin Mathis (of SB Body Arts in Oklahoma City) used hook suspensions in the skin on the back of Alexandrea Bettis, of Loleta, to lift her off the ground for a soaring adventure.
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Dustin Mathis (of SB Body Arts in Oklahoma City) launched Alexandrea Bettis, of Loleta, off the ground using hooks through the skin of her back in the afternoon Human Suspension performance.
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Monica Ortiz, of Red Bluff, was next up to be launched into the air by Dustin Mathis (of SB Body Arts in Oklahoma City) using hooks through the skin of her back in the afternoon Human Suspension performance.
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After her solo flight, Monica Ortiz, of Red Bluff, next chose to have her baby in her arms as she was launched again into the air by Dustin Mathis (of SB Body Arts in Oklahoma City) using hooks through the skin of her back in the afternoon Human Suspension performance.
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Monica Ortiz with her baby in her arms as she was launched again into the air by Dustin Mathis (of SB Body Arts in Oklahoma City) using hooks through the skin of her back.
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Teresa McGinnis, of Eureka, gets a traditional arm-band tattoo applied by hand by Sulu'ape Si'i Liufau (right), of A-Town Tattoo in Garden Grove, who specializes in Polynesian tattooing and traditional tatau.

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