Moko is the name of Maori tattoos, but Tuane (the artist) said that "remember Aija, this aint tattoo, this is moko".
This moko is made freehand (as mokos usually are), it includes my family, the knowledge from my parents and my characteristic. Sharks teeth in it (shark is holy to maori ppl as dragons are for chinese) protects me from evil but also reminds me that all the bad things I do, I'll get it back in double.
The whole ritual was so amazing with prayers and all, I would like to experience that again. Any time.
Did I say that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me?
WOw milkei..that is sooo beautiful. The whole experience must have been amazing...I would love to experience something like that one day. It's all about spirituality! My friend wants to experience the old style maori tattooing (i know it has a name but i cant think of it right now) where they use like the piece of wood with the needles/nails in it and tap out the pattern. So they took all your heritage and everything and made that? That is so awesome..I want a moko !
Yeah I don't understand ppl who takes tribals without knowing where they come from. And there is A LOT of them, brutal.
Here's sweet story about mokos: ;D
According to Māori mythology, tattooing commenced with a love affair between a young man by the name of Mataora (which means "Face of Vitality") and a young princess of the underworld by the name of Niwareka.
One day however, Mataora beat Niwareka, and she left Mataroa, running back to her father's realm which was named "Uetonga".
Mataora, filled with guilt and heartbreak followed after his princess Niwareka. After many trials, and after overcoming numerous obstacles, Mataora eventually arrived at the realm of "Uetonga", but with his face paint messed and dirty after his voyage. Niwareka's family taunted and mocked Mataora for his bedraggled appearance. In his very humbled state, Mataora begged Niwareka for forgiveness, which she eventually accepted. Niwareka's father then offered to teach Mataora the art of tattooing, and at the same time Mataora also leant the art of Taniko - the plaiting of cloak borders in many colours.
Mataora and Niwareka thus returned together to the human world, bringing with them the arts of ta moko and taniko.
HIHI I found a pic about Tangaroatuane (my moko artist) from web! There he is! Cute, ha? ;D
Yes that tassle thong is right alluring..ooo babybee hold me back. Can I have his #? JK. But they make those faces to scare off enemies right..like those maori devil masks people tattoo on themselves is to ward off evil spirits?