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Nike stops sales of tattoo pants

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Nike halted production of its pro tattoo tech line this week after the designs were criticized for being culturally insensitive.

A report from Yahoo! says the women's running tights and other athletic wear were decorated with a pattern based on Samoan tattoos traditionally reserved for men.

The Polynesian tradition of tattoos dates back at least 2,000 years and marks a rite of passage.

Earlier this month, an online petition began to protest the sale of the items. The Change.org petition said the designs are in "direct violation of the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific."

Nike responded this week by stopping sales of the pants.

"The Nike tattoo tech tights were inspired by tattoo graphics. We apologize to anyone who views this design as insensitive to any specific culture. No offense was intended," a statement from Nike said. "The tights were of a limited run and no additional tights will be sold."

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