Deciding what to watch on Netflix can always be a challenge. Recently, I was staying with a mate in London and after several volcano bags of delicious vaporized weed air we found ourselves wondering what to watch. “Aye mate, have ya seen Shaka Zulu?” I had not. Six hours later, I was deep in the tale of the great warrior and I knew I had to write a piece about him. However, there are not very many Shaka tattoos, but a good tattoo journalist knows when to pivot, so today we’re going to look at some shaka tattoos.
While I’m not going to be able to tell you about how Shaka united the Zulu tribes into the fiercest oppositional force ever seen by white colonials in Africa, I can tell you that Hawaiians use the shaka sign to signify the “Aloha spirit,” which encompasses friendship, solidarity, compassion, and understanding.
These shaka tattoos are all wonderful examples of what may be Hawaii’s greatest cultural export. If for whatever reason you’re hungry for more information about Shaka Zulu, the entire 1985 miniseries is currently on Netflix. It is only slightly racist as fuck.