Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Contemporary Maori Tattoo
There was a time not so many years ago when, if you saw a kapa haka group performing, most of the traditional tattoos you saw on the performers were drawn on for the occasion. Not so now. There’s been a huge resurgence in traditional Maori tattoo - though few women actually tattoo their lips (kauae) and chins – chin moko are still largely drawn on, as with the performers shown above.
However, increasing numbers of both men and women are getting real tattoos to their body - like the two above. Some of them are very beautiful too. I snapped these photographs at the Waitangi Day kapa haka performance in Christchurch a week or so ago. I came away almost tempted to get a tattoo of my own. It’s just a pity I’m a total coward.