Friday, September 28, 2012


While we were in Tonga my husband and I decided we would get a tattoo. It is something we had both thought of but the time hadn't been right. We saw an advertisement in a shop window for local tattoo artist George Cocker and after meeting him we knew that he would do a great job. He was very professional and obviously talented in traditional Tongan design.
Paula had his done first-a band around his arm with a combination of traditional tongan patterns (such as spearheads, bird footprints, weaving and sharks teeth) and the names of our two daughters.
A few days later we went back to have mine done. I chose to get it at the top of my back. I love the sweet fragrance of the frangipani flower (and it includes my name 'fran' in the 'frangipani'). I wanted three frangipani's to represent my three children. George came up with the rest of the design using traditional Tongan patterns.
 Initial sketch in pen
 In progress
 Outlines all done and time for a break
George's facebook page can be found here-Kalia Tattoo Tonga Ltd


  1. wow - what a beautiful and meaningful design. Sound s like it has been a really special time

  2. Wow they are amazing!! You must be so happy with them :)

  3. Beautiful tattoo... good to have such wonderful meaning and special to have it done in Tonga too.


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