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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Indigenous houses of Vietnam

On my last visit to Vietnam, on the second part of the museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, they have a selection of original ethnic houses move and reconstructed in situ. I can appreciate the amount of work going into this large "living exhibition". I will add that it looks very authentic, giving it a similar feel to the cultural village in dayak and orang Ulu in Sarawak Borneo.

The Ede longhouse - has carved house support posts and ladders that can be compared to Naga (north east India) carving. 

Carved step of the Ede - female breasts adorn the top of this step- the other side for the male.

The roof support beam with animal motif ,turtle ,lizard and on the other side ( not pictured) was elephant carvings.

A single piece of hardwood carved table . In my opinion a timeless style of simplistic artwork

More images to follow shortly

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ethnological Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam

On my recent trip to Vietnam, I visited the Ethnology museum in Hanoi, the exhibits were from various of the 54 ethnic groups within Vietnam. With assistance from the French, it was a very well presented museum.

Here are some other tribal art images

A very expressive Jorai figure, this ( above) was my favorite.

Two other figures

A crane or heron and an owl sculpture

Woven rattan utilitarian baskets for daily use

A mask (unfortunately no further info on locality and tribe on the information plaque)

And a scarecrow....

All for today!

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Koi and its Legendary Meaning

The Traditions and In Depth Meaning of Koi Fish Tattoo in  Contemporary Body Fine Art

Tattoo by Marc Pinto

The Koi Fish Legend

The whole story about the koi fish has been around for generations of the Japanese culture. The koi in the story was said to have climbed a waterfall. The brave fish wanted it so badly that amidst it's little strength, the koi, fought against the strong currents and swim  through till he reached the top of the falls.

The Chinese version tells us though that it didn't end there yet. The koi swam the entire Yellow River and made it to the Dragon Gate. When the koi completed the journey, he was turned into a magnificent dragon. 

The Meaning

Because of these stories, the koi tattoo has become a symbolism  for those who have made it through tough times and difficult situations.
It depicts individuals who survived a loss of a loved one, life threatening disease, abandonment,debts, calamity, hard life, and a lot more.  That through faith and determination that you can, nothing is impossible. 

In a nutshell , you can find below the meanings behind the koi tattoo.

Power and Peserverance
Good fortune


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I received a priceless gift ! Thank you so much Sam !!

Just got onto reading this book given to me by Sam ( totally appreciate this priceless gift Sam ) 

Arjan Brahm resides in Perth at the monestry in Serpentine up in the hills. A Buddhist monk of 30 years shares profound stories that enlightens and entertains, very interesting, often with good humourn and definitely life changing. I have always been a fan of his since he have a speech to a small group of us in the Muai Thai gym I trained in years ago. It was a simple unscripted talk about "Water", it had a huge impact in my life just from that teaching. 
You can view his countless talks on you Youtube. Enjoy it !! It's life changing offers anyone and everyone a different perspective way of mindfulness, living, hope, wisdom and much more. Totally different to ones we are conditioned to in out daily lives. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Tattoo history

Here at Primitive, people get tattoos for countless of reasons. An incredible number of variations and styles have been applied and continue to be created. However tattoos are not a new fad or obsession.It has been part and have become a heritage across the globe. It widely spread and have been practiced in many cultures, tribes and in the ancient world until today.

Let us take you to a quick journey to the past and take a look on the interesting and amazing history of tattooing.

Credits to for the image.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Jordan's leaves with a mark!

Jordan Mamolla the Italian tattoo artist completed his term here at Primitive Tattoo Perth leave with Marc's personal mark. Traditionally hand tattooed by Marc Pinto

We thank Jordan for his hardworking ethics and late night, a result of pure passion and dedication to the art of tattooing.

Grazie Mille 

Dayak ink pot - primitive tattoo implement

This may well be a tattoo ink pot, just acquired it. Superbly executed and well balanced with encrusted soot patina, It's from East Kimantan, Dayak.