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  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
    Tattoo artist Keone Nunes, right, works with traditional Hawaiian implements using traditional techniques to tattoo Lee Hines of Cincinnati, Ohio, who came to Hawaii for the work. Nunes is assisted by Kawika Au. Nunes' work is featured in "Tattoo Honolulu," an exhibit at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
  • COURTESY SHUZO UEMOTO / HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
    Americana tattoo art, or "flash," like this one by Don Ed Hardy, were often patriotic in spirit and popular among military men.
  • COURTESY SHUZO UEMOTO / HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
    Traditional Hawaiian tattoo artist Keone Nunes created a pahu pahu, or half-body design, on Keliiokalani Makua.
  • COURTESY SHUZO UEMOTO / HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
    The work of Sua Suluape Toetuu adorns a woman's arm in what is called a "partial sleeve."
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    A poly-tribal tattoo by Bong adorns the upper body of Christian G. Padilla.
  • COURTESY SHUZO UEMOTO / HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
    It took Mike Ledger three years, from 2009 to 2012, to create a tattoo that covers the back and chest of Guy Inoue, above. Ledger's imagery is rooted in 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints.
  • COURTESY SHUZO UEMOTO / HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
    Mike Ledger's work-in-progress on Paul Fujii's arms and back began in 2008.
  • COURTESY SHUZO UEMOTO / HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART
    A drawing by Jacques Arago, a 19th-century French explorer and artist, documents Native Hawaiians with tattoos.

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