Whose birthday am I celebrating on tattoo Tuesday?

October 27, 2015


Captain James Cook, explorer, was born on October 27, 1728, in a small village near Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. His discoveries included the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).  He famously vowed, “to sail ‘as far as I think it possible for man to go.'”

On his third trip to Hawaii he was killed in an argument with the native people.  And that was about as far as he could go.

cook tattooThis is a Maori tattoo similar to the tattoo style noted by and commented on by Capt. Cook when he traveled in Polynesia.


  1. Well there was his problem right there you see. He stopped in New Zealand and got a Maori tat and the Hawaiians don’t like them at all.

    • So they ate him!

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