Jason Momoa gets a traditional Hawaiian tattoo on his head


Actor Jason Momoa has always been a favorite here at Inked. Not only is he a handsome gentleman, but unlike many of his peers, he actually has a good taste in tattoos. Momoa has proudly worn her Hawaiian heritage on her sleeve for years, so it’s no surprise that her latest tattoo continues that tradition.

The tattoo was done by one of the masters of traditional Hawaiian tattooing, Sulu’ape Keone Nunes. Generations of colonialism threatened to completely erase Hawaii’s tattoo traditions from the world, but in recent years, artists like Nunes have worked diligently to revive the practice. After learning the rituals without a machine and by hand in the 90s with Sua Suluape Paulo, Nunes has become one of the most sought after practitioners of the art.

Getting tattooed by Nunes is not like walking into a store and grabbing something off the wall. Instead, it is a fully immersive process with a deep reverence for the ancestors who have gone before us. This is exactly the kind of experience Momoa was looking for. As he says in the post, “It’s been a real honor 20 years in the making, so happy.”

Nunes explained in her own post, hinting that this tattoo is the first step of an ongoing project. “Great to be around people who have known me since I was a kid. Sometimes you have to wait for the right time to get the right thing for you. I’ve known Jason’s dad, Joe, since high school and started talking to Jason for 20 years. a few years ago working on him. With his family and friends to support him, yesterday was the first stop on his journey.

Momoa and his new tattoo were on their way to New Zealand to begin production on “Chief of War,” an Apple TV+ series telling the story of Hawaiian island unification and colonization from an indigenous perspective. The limited series is Momoa’s first foray into writing and it’s highly anticipated.

At Inked, we always tip our hats to the few celebrities who are truly dedicated to the process of getting a great job, but Momoa deserves even more credit for getting a tattoo the old-fashioned way and being so connected to his ancestry. . Well done, sir.


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