In 1993, Tisa sponsored the first island-wide Tattoo Festival showcasing this traditional art form for the public at large. Traditional Samoan tattooing is quite a ritual, done with a boar's tooth and accompanied by an 'ava ceremony. When word got out that Tisa herself was going to be tattooed, over 500 local people attended. It's not a surprise that for her tattoos Tisa chose Tagaloa (the fertility God), and Nafanua (the goddess of war). Given the great success of the festival, Tisa introduced the idea to Western Samoa with an event hosted by Air New Zealand in 1999.
One of the premiere traditional tattoo artists in American Samoa is Tisa's cousin, "Wiz", and customers at the Barefoot Bar can make arrangements to get their own tattoo without having to set down their mai tai! If you're not ready for a tattoo, there's also a controversial T-shirt design sold at Tisa's....it shows traditional male Samoan tattooing in all its glory.