Nike Pulls Tattoo Leggings Following Complaints Tights Offended Samoans
Posted on August 17, 2013
Nike has pulled its women's Nike Pro Tattoo Tech Tights following complaints the tights were offensive to Samoans. There were complaints the tights copied a Samoan Pe'a pattern. The pe'a body tattoo can take weeks to complete and is said to be extremely painful. A change.org petition was also filed against the tights earlier this month.
One person left a comment that said, "The tatau is thousands of years old with a tradition of honor and you have reduced it to $80 Spanx. Remove at once!"
Nike said in a statement, "The Nike tattoo tech collection was inspired by tattoo graphics. We apologize to anyone who views this design as insensitive to any specific culture. No offense was intended."