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Hiram Graphic artist and apprentice tattooist of Samoan and Pakeha descent

Hiram Fa'alia Vaeau is an artist and apprentice tattooist of Samoan and Pakeha descent. He has a passion for all forms of graphic art and illustration, graduating with a Bachelor of Design from Auckland University of Technology in 2015. His on-going passion for graphic art and illustration has translated into a desire to learn tattoo, following in the footsteps of his older sister Tyla Vaeau Ta’ufo’ou.
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Growing up in the urban setting of Central Auckland he was drawn to graffiti and other forms of street art. His own self-taught practice in this area has formed a strong basis for his graphic design and art work. Winning the Pat Hanley Student Membership Award for Fine Arts in 2008 during his senior year of college gave him the confidence to pursue a creative degree at University level. He has completed graphic design and art commissions for a variety of projects including t-shirt design for the Wellington Badminton Association, In-house graphic design for the hip-hop group Supervillains RMC, and published illustration in Debate magazine. He brings his skills and experience to the K.I artist collective.

Under the guidance of the crew at Karanga Ink Hiram looks to expand his artistic practice into tattoo, inspired by the resident artists and the strong cultural heritage that is represented through all their individual styles. He is very thankful for the opportunity to learn under such talented and prestigious artists as he develops into a full-time tattoo artist for the studio in the years to come. During his apprenticeship Hiram is also available for graphic design and art commissions.

“I’m very blessed to be given this opportunity… I hope the experience is mutual, that I can offer the crew as much as they can for me”