Ta Moko, traditional Maori tattooing, more commonly recognised in photos as
being worn on the face was: Maori identity. When
signing treaties and the like, Maori Chiefs would even trace out their Moko or part of it as their signature.
The Maori people feel
very strongly about the identities of their Tipuna (ancestors)
being copied, as this is also their identity. To copy Maori
tattoo without right is to disrespect the Maori people.
The complex spiral and Koru patterns showed exactly who, where, what family,what tribe,
and what status the person wearing the Moko had. All of this
information not only depended on what symbols were used but also on
what section of the face they were placed.
Ta Moko of old
was not tattooed into the skin as such, it was chiseled into the skin,
using techniques related to woodcarving. Usually the legs and buttocks
would also be tattooed creating a shorts like effect.
Ko Te Ati Awa, me Ngati
Mutunga aku iwi. No Wharekauri ahau.
Mana represents Maori
Tattoo in Ibiza, decorating the locals and visitors and in Ibiza with
symbols from his homeland. Each tattoo is exclusive and belongs to
the person wearing it.