Met Bruce Potts, who teaches Public Speaking at the University of New Mexico.
“I have been wanting to do it ever since I was 12 years old,” he said. “It’s almost like I feel it was a right of passage.”
He said he put off getting the tattoos for many years, but the desire to do it kept nagging at him.
“It was like a haunting,” he said. “I like to use that word. It was like a haunting. It just kept coming up and I kept resisting, saying, ‘no no no,’ and it was like a calm once it was finally completed.”
He said the work on his face is largely tribal in design, the kind of inking seen on people from Samoa and Fiji. He said he feels a strong connection to the South Pacific and attributes this to a past life as an islander.