The fight to use/abuse Tame Iti’s image
Miromoda holds an annual competition for Maori designers. One of this years winners was an artist by the name of Hohepa Thompson. His work used an image of Tame Iti super-imposed over and image of Osama Bin Laden on a tshirt. We are aware of the symbolism (i.e the notion that Tame Iti is ...Continue Reading...
Resurgence of ta moko among Maori women: study
By Yvonne Tahana (NZ Herald) Doctoral student Mei Winitana, whose ta moko incorporates a puwerewere, or spider’s web pattern, says some women are adding to their designs over time. Photo / Alan Gibson A Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi doctoral student claims 40 per cent of Maori women ...Continue Reading...
Master Carver, Riki Manuel speaks to Radio NZ (+audio)
Christchurch-based artist Riki Manuel is a master carver, moko artist, printmaker and volunteer art teacher. He established the Te toi Mana Maori Art Gallery in 1984 with the help of Chris Doig, the then-director of the Arts Centre. He is now working out of a mobile studio on his property after ...Continue Reading...
Ta Moko (Maori Tattoo) When Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Insult
Karen L. Hudson, former About.com Guide They say that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. In many cases, this is true. Imitation is important in many cultures. Children learn by imitating their parents. Teens seek acceptance from their peers by imitating fashion trends, ...Continue Reading...
Semi-nude photo of Nicole Scherzinger with “Maori tattoo” draws Facebook ire
A photo in a recently launched coffee table book of Nicole Scherzinger (former Pussy Cat dolls singer) has drawn interesting comment on Facebook. The photos, shot by renowned fashion photographer Raphael Mazzucco and edited by Jimmy Iovine and Sean Coombs, seeks to ”subtly push society’s ...Continue Reading...
Ta Moko discussed at the Vatican
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Tattooed mummies in ancient Egypt, Crusaders who branded their foreheads with crosses, and New Zealand’s inked Maori warriors were fodder for an unusual conference at a Vatican university Tuesday on the role of tattoos in shaping identity. “Into the Skin: ...Continue Reading...
Ta Moko studio opens in Titahi Bay
BY KRIS DANDO | MAKING HIS MARK: Mark Kopua hard at work on one of his designs he free-hands the client’s moko on the skin before his tools come out. Photo: NORM HEKE Porirua’s newest moko studio is open for business. The Moko Ake studio, run by renowned carver and moko artist Mark ...Continue Reading...
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