A book chronicling the history of Samoan tattooing has won a prestigious New Zealand literary prize.
Sean Mallon and Sebastien Galliot's Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing received the 2019 Illustrated Non-Fiction award at Tuesday night's New Zealand Book Awards.
The book traces 3000 years of the art form to its present day iterations.
The judges described the work as a "visual feast" where "quality design is met with innovative writing".
A senior curator of Pacific cultures at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, Sean Mallon caught up with Dominic Godfrey from work in Wellington.