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Welcome to the friendliest Tattoo Shop in San Diego.
Owned by Su’a Sulu’ape Angela, the first recognized woman in history to be taught the ancient art of Polynesian hand-tap, the shop is home to an array of formally trained artists to accommodate your Traditional Tattoo or Tatau (Handtap) needs – by appointment or walk-in.
Tastefully applied, with professionalism. We are artists, not just tattoo artists.
Su'a Sulu'ape Angela, is recognize worldwide as the first known woman in history to be taught the ancient Samoan art form of Polynesian hand-tap tattoo known as Tatau, and to recevie the Samoan chief title of Sulu'ape.
After hearing native Samoans use Tatau to describe markings on the skin, early exploring sailors had a hard time pronouncing the world, so it became tattoo. Translated into English, it was originally believed to have meant to tap, since the Polynesian tattoo was tapped into the skin.MORE
Big City Tattoo provides a clean, sanitary and sterile environment with professional staff who are both knowledgeable and experienced in the art of body piercing.
We offer a full line of jewelry made of the highest quality materials, including selections of niobium, acrylic, titanium, 14kt gold, and surgical steel.MORE
There are two ways to deal with a no-longer-wanted tattoo: covering it with another tattoo or having it removed. Covering up an unwanted tattoo, or turning it into something new, is the cheaper option.
Cover ups can completely hide an old tattoo with a new design, or they may incorporate some elements of it into the new piece.
Depending on the saturation of the color of the existing piece, white ink may need to be applied to the original design first to lighten it before proceeding with the cover up.More