Super comfortable, cool, and easy to wear, in and out of the water C4 Tattoo Rash vest.
Long Sleeve Brown Ka Uhi Tattoo Rashguard:
This long sleeve rash guard with unique sublimated tattoo design by Keone Nunes. This limited edition rashguard features the traditional Polynesian symbology.
* 80% Polyester, 20% Lycra
* Traditional Tattoo Design by Keone Nunes
* Artwork sublimated on material
* 50 UPF rating
* Blocks 97.5% of UV rays
C4 Waterman partial print :
long sleeve rash guard with traditional Polynesian tattoo highlights. Excellent sun protection. This rashguard has a UPF rating of 50 which means it blocks 97.5% of UV rays.
Womens and mens available.
* 90% Polyester/ 20% Lycra quick-dry fabric
* with UV-resistant fabric sublimated with black Ka Uhi or tattoo print on white.
* C4 Logo screened on the sleeve.
About Keone Nunes :
Keone Nunes was not interested in tattooing at first, but he knew a lot about his Hawaiian culture. When he did get involved in tattooing, he therefore knew more than most about traditional designs.
With the help of Kandi Everett, Nunes got his first tattooing machine in 1991 and began to work. He noticed that the only people who were doing traditional tattoos were Samoans, who were protective of their art form, so Nunes learned techniques from that tradition of tattooing.
Nunes then returned to his roots and learned about ancient Hawaiian traditions and kakau. He's spoken with many kupuna about the art form, and learned many traditional designs. Hawaiian tattoos are asymmetrically placed on the body, and most every part of the body can be tattooed ? but always asymmetrically. Nunes feels Hawaiian tattoo designs are bolder and larger than Maori or Samoan forms. He speculates this could be due to the fact that Hawaiian tattoos have more to do with individual identification than for ceremonial purposes.
Tatto history : http://www.pbs.org/skinstories/history/index.html
Nunes Facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/keone.nunes
The legacy of Polynesian tattoo began over 2000 years ago and is as diverse as the people who wear them. Once widespread in Polynesian societies across the Pacific Ocean, the arrival of western missionaries in the 19th century forced this unique art form into decline. Despite the encroachment of Christian religious beliefs that vilified tattooing as unholy, many Polynesian tattoo artists maintained their vital link to their culture's history by preserving their unique craft for generations.