Photograph by Paul Nicklen Wearing a malo, or loincloth, construction worker Keli‘iokalani Makua reveals traditional tattoos that tell his life story. Body art is a popular sign of Hawaiian identity, but including the face is rare.
Keone Nunes tattoos the old-fashioned way, by tapping on a sharp comb dipped in ink. This was a lost art for more than a century in Hawaii. "I was taught by a Samoan," Nunes says, "the best traditional tattooist of his time.