Stretching from his waist to his knees, Clyde Cowley’s tattoo is a breathtaking sight.
The intricate work is a traditional Samoan design, known as a “pe’a”.
Dating back to the 1800s, the process takes many weeks to complete and is not lightly undergone.
But once a man has received his pe’a, he gains the title "soga’imiti" and becomes respected for his courage. Untattoed males are known as "telefua" or "telenoa" – “naked”.
According to Samoan Sensation, women also receive the tattoos, but they are “of a much lighter nature, resembling a filigree rather than having the large areas of solid dye.”