tattoo of the week: hawaii’s got pride

September 10, 2010
Originally from Honolulu, our feature for this tattoo of the week is 26-year-old, Amonica Phipps. Amonica currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and is a full time student getting her masters at Rutgers University and has been inked up 12 times. Our favorites are the Hawaii islands she has trailed on her stomach. So dope. For the cool background story and collective stomach tattoos, this week we are proud to feature Ms. Amonica. And don’t forget to submit your tattoo pictures to to be featured on

Tattoo of the week: Hawaii’s got pride
Feature Amonica Phipps

Who are you?
A highly ambitious woman pursuing a Masters Degree in Accounting. My favorite pastime is listening to soul music from the 60’s and 70’s. Stevie Wonder tops my list of favorite singers.


Brooklyn, NY (born in Honolulu,HI)


Full time Grad Student at Rutgers University

Number of tattoos

12 total ( 6 adinkra symbols, track&field symbol, scorpion, hawaiian islands, eye of horus, pacific islander tribal, African-American flag)

Favorite one

Sankofa on my neck

When and where did you get it?
At a tat shop in the village in 2003

What does it mean to you?

The meaning of sankofa is the knowledge from your past will help you in the future. It is meaningful to me because lessons I have learned from the past has shaped who I am today.

How old were you when you got your first tattoo?


What is the biggest misconception people have about you because of your tattoos?

The biggest misconception people have about me is that I am gang affiliated because I have tattoos on my stomach.

Why should we feature your tattoo?

Each tattoo symbolizes an important aspect of my life and is a constant reminder of my strength and resilience.

Have you ever received a tattoo under the influence of drugs or alcohol?


Are you a tattoo addict?