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Two Weeks in Samoa

Juliana with Malu Tattoo Talofa! Intrepid Editor in Chief of Skin & Ink Magazine, Bob Baxter, and Kingston, Ontario, photographer Bernard Clark hit the trail at the very birthplace of Polynesian tattooing, the island paradise of Samoa. Armed with camera and laptop, Baxter and Clark document their two week odyssey from Apia to Saleapaga, and other cool places tourists get lost trying to find. Tattoo Road Trip—Two Weeks in Samoa captures the unspoiled beauty of turquoise reefs, volcanic beaches, misty green waterfalls, vermilion sunsets and painful tribal tattoos that leave you walking around like you have a brick in your pants.

Uati Mika with pe'aJoining over 60 tattoo artists and tattoo aficionados from Europe, Canada, America and the Pacific, Baxter and Clark visit the 2nd Samoa International Tatau Convention where legendary tattooists from around the globe discover there’s only two showers and almost mutiny. Watch Baxter and Clark get tattooed the traditional way by Hawaii’s greatest artist, Keone Nunes. See the secret coronation ceremony at Faleseéla. Experience white-knuckle surprises as Baxter and Clark take the back roads, eat fruit right off the tree, slog through rain forests, wade into coral-strewn tide pools, buy a complete lobster dinner for the cost of a New York cab ride and learn to tie a lavalavas so it won’t fall off in the parade.

Yes, friends, you’re going to be mighty jealous when you see Baxter and Clark, tropical winds blowing through their hair, cold beers in their fists and mosquito bites on their poopies, walk right up to people and say, “Can I take your picture?” Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience their remarkable adventures. Be seduced by beauty, get wafted away by trade winds, laugh with lovely maidens, daydream of peaceful lagoons and go nearly out of your mind on balmy nights as ten ferule roosters crow outside your window every time they see a damn headlight.

You’ll never know what to expect when you go on a Tattoo Road Trip.