Asian Influence on Hawaiin Tattoo Culture

Influence of Asian Culture on Hawaiian Tattoos

Tattooing has been around for centuries, and has a particularly rich history in the Pacific Islands, where it has been significantly influenced by Asian culture. In Hawaii, tattoos are used in the form of expression, celebration and to distinguish between the members of different tribe. Traditionally, tools used in tattooing are bird beaks, bones and claws of crustaceans. These tattoos were initially symmetrically geometric in design but later changed to beautiful images of animals, by the influence of the asian culture.

Each tattoo has a different meaning, which can be influenced by its design and even its placement on the body. In Hawaii, tattoos of women, floral design, and tribal symbols are prominent, and are mainly seen adorning the feet, hands, calves and even faces of their owners. Tattooing the face was common in Hawaii, and is most prominently found on the cheeks, forehead and chin of wearers. While facial tattooing has become more mainstream in other parts of the world and the United States, Pacific Island tribes are widely credited with originating this trend.

Like the asian body art from which they gain much inspiration, Hawaiian tattoo designs have hidden meaning. They express deep personal feelings. This is the main reason why a tattoo of these pacific regions differs from the rest of the world. These amazing tattoos look bolder and accentuate the characteristics of the individual and concentrate less on ceremonial purposes.

The land itself also influences Hawaiian tattoos. Hawaii is a gorgeous island located in the United States, and has been a prominent tourist destination for its vibrant beaches and rich culture. Made up of multiple islands, each brings its own unique features, including flowers that can only be found in Hawaii. Each of the islands have their own unique styles as well, like tattoo Waikiki for example.

Flowers are a major influence in the tattoo designs prevalent in Hawaii, and can include everything from the Yellow Hibiscus to Orchids and Pikake. The vibrant colors found in the flowers (from beautiful pinks to deep reds) make these tattoos stand out, and distinguish Hawaiian flower tattoos from those found in other areas. Aside from the colors, flower tattoos carry their own unique meanings, and can symbolize different things depending on the designs that surround them.

Asian influenced Hawaiian tattoos have become popular all over the world with their exotic and unique designs, thick black lines, and minimal coloring. Indeed, many travel from all over the world just to get an authentic Hawaiian tattoo.

Benefits of Yoga – How Much Does it Actually Help?

A Few Fantastic Health Benefits of Yoga 

In recent years, yoga has taken off as a sort of fad that everyone wanted to take on because of the massive physical benefits it offers those who practice it. While there are certainly a number of ways yoga can help you physically, the true yogis strive to achieve a balance of mind, body and spirit.

“True yogis aim for the ideal realm of stability where the mind, body, and spirit work in cohesion.”

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In this post, we will be talking about the extensive health benefits practicing yoga can bring to the table, and to let you know that even if you are not athletic, you are more than capable of practicing yoga (and reaping the rewards it has to offer at the same time).

Here’s what you need to know about yoga’s health benefits:

Yoga can boost the function of lungs

Controlling your breathing is a large part of yoga, and is incorporated into a number of exercises commonly applied in the practice. These exercises, according to several studies, have longterm benefits beyond what they were originally thought to bring to the table. For example, over a period of time, breath exercises can help improve lung functions and, by extension, help you do things like running, walking or other physically demanding activities better.

Exercises improve the condition of your heart as well

People with high blood pressure or high cholesterol have been known to benefit greatly from a variety of yogic exercises. In fact, studies have shown that people who practice yoga on a regular basis tend to have lower blood and cholesterol levels, as well as a reduced risk of health complications associated with higher levels.

When treating heart diseases and other ailments, medical professionals have even begun acknowledging the importance of proper breathing exercises, and are even incorporating them in some recovery/treatment plans.

These exercises help you master the right postures

Posture is another huge problem among the world populations today. Slumping at a desk every day can do terrible things for your posture, and cause back problems later on down the line. Practicing yoga can actually help people suffering from poor posture build stronger muscles, and actively promote healthier living.

Yoga can also help you fight depression

Being that yoga also focuses heavily on balance of the mind along with the physical, it has been shown to be a great way to combat depression and dark thoughts. It helps individuals suffering from these ailments channel their inner chi and focus on positivity.

How Coffee is Evolving in Asia

Asian Culture & Coffee

Asian markets have traditionally been dominated by tea as opposed to coffee, but in recent years the tasty dark beans have begun making a larger impression on the masses. Countries such as Japan, South Korea, and China have begun developing thriving coffee markets, with Japan rapidly becoming one of the biggest consumers of coffee beans on the planet. Other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand who, 20 years ago had no coffee market whatsoever, are also starting to come onboard, with exports trickling in from industry suppliers across the world.

With increased demand, coffee shops have begun to spring up in each of these nations, and the normalization of consumption has aided significantly in the industries growth.



Personal Brewing on the Rise

As coffee shops continue to expand, the demand for personal coffee machines for use in the home has also risen.

Sites like have seen a massive spike in consumers from Asian countries, and Asian students living in the US have increasingly brought back grounds to their home countries, quickly increasing public interest in the product.

While green tea still accounts for the majority of the hot beverage market (particularly for older generations), younger consumers have been slowly shifting the needle towards espresso and other coffee-based drinks that are seen almost as a status symbol.

Tea is Still Dominant in the Market

Tea is still a very prominent force in the market however, with the average person in China consuming 400 cups each year alone. This is somewhat unsurprising, as tea has been a major part of Asian culture for hundreds of years. It is an inexpensive, caffeinated, and can come in a multitude of flavors, which makes it perfect for everyone from blue collar workers to upper class business men and women. In fact, some teas actually contain more caffeine than coffee, which still makes it the beverage of choice for those looking for that morning pick-me-up.

What do the trends say?

Unfortunately for tea, coffee is one of the top five fastest growing markets in Asian countries, with the number of new coffee products in Asia rising by a staggering 95% between 2011 and 2016. If this trend continues, coffee could easily take over tea as the number one consumed beverage in the Eastern Hemisphere by the end of 2018.

Life as an Asian American in New York

The Culture and the Lifestyle

Coming in as a second generation Chinese American, for me, was not as difficult as I have heard from others. Growing up in the Bronx, I had heard horror stories growing up of the tough times immigrants had both in terms of working conditions and for their kids in schools. Fortunately for me, my parents (both immigrants) found great jobs working in New York City, and I was fortunate enough to be born and raised among the locals, which meant I had friends from early on that carried to later life.

Below is a video discussing more about what is it like growing up as an Asian American in the United States