Sometimes people find it hard to choose what tattoo they’d like to have. Most of the time, they choose wrongly, much to their regret. They would later try to cover it up or erase it, which is expensive and uncertain. To avoid this from happening, here are some tips that should help you decide…
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There are many kinds of tattoo designs in the market today. They cater to many different tastes, and preferences. Making your own custom tattoo design is also possible. The varied choices available is living proof of the popularity of tattoos today. Here is a simple guide to tattoo designs…
Tattoo art, its reception, as well as its cultural significance has changed much over the last four or so decades. It has evolved from being a sign of anti-socialism or immorality, to a trendy fashion statement and method of self-expression. The social prejudice of the past has also waned, and tattooing is no longer frowned upon by the majority.
The Maori are an indigenous Polynesian people found in New Zealand. They have a form of body art, known as moko, more commonly known as Maori tattooing. The art form was brought by the Maori from Polynesia. This art is considered highly sacred, and continues to be highly revered.
Tattooing is a form of art that has been practised by various cultures since the prehistoric times. It is done by piercing or lacerating the skin with a sharp object that has been dipped into indelible ink or dye. The dyes have ranged from plant extracts, powdered ores, and even ashes.
Maui was the last born of five boys. When he was born his mother thought he was stillborn so she cut off her topknot, wrapped him in it and threw him out to sea.
He eventually washed up on the shore and was found by a Tohanga who brought Maui up and taught him many things; like how to live off the resources of the land and the transformation into birds.
In the beginning there was Rangi and Papa and they had many children. As the children grew older they needed more room to move.
One day, Tumatauenga decided he wanted to part his parents, this would allow them to have light and also they could move around freely. All of the Gods/brothers tried to part their parents, with the exception of Ruaumoko who was a baby in his mother’s womb together with Tawhirimatea, who opposed the idea.
This tattoo design is a representation of the four corners of the Earth, Nga Hau E Wha – the four winds.
Some Iwi (tribes) believed it was Tangaroa and Papatuanuku who were together in the beginning. Tama nuite Ra represents warmth, growth and new life, this Maori tattoo design is a representation of life and the journey that it takes.