im thinkin of getting a maori style tribal on my calf but cant find any designs that i really like appart form one design which you cant see the full tattoo, so the artists cant work from it. id love it if any of you artists could sketch out a traditional maori design to fit the back of my calf. this was the design i wanted originally so if it could be anything like this it would be great. . cheers folks!:D
be careful because with maori tattoos all the individual types of line patterns inside the tribal MEAN SOMETHING – careful :p
Buy a book. Seriuasly 😛 There is a lot of good books out there about Maori tattoos, telling the story behind it all and different ways. Buy them. Amazon.com is your friend 😉
Even the librarys here in small non-tattoo friendly Norway has books like that 😛
Or check out the waaay old works of Captain Cook – the man who brought us tattoos.
Other than that… I remember there was an artist at a norwegian tattoo convention back in 06 who specialiced in different tribal tattoos, including Maori. Don’t remember his name, but I can check it out. He was pretty outstanding, did tribals the right way 😛
brilliant cheers! yea amazon is great for them types of books, i have a few on japanese tattoos 🙂
Im studying art in school at the minute and studying tattoos. i reworked this tattoo and i took the general shape of it but filled it in with different random patterns that i made up myself. would this still have the traditional maori meanings to it, and would it be acceptable to a maori person? ill post up another picture asap.
Well if you put your own design in it may not have any significant tribal meaning and would purely be art (which there is nothing wrong with).
As for offending there is a divide the art has only really been resurrected quite recently (last 60 years or so prior to this the banning on tattooing meant that it had become almost extinct as an open art) and many are still somewhat protective over what they consider to be their heritage, whilst others tend to go with the flow.
I can really only see offence if you have something done that would be seen as disrespectful.
yea i quite like the idea of having an original piece of art on my body.
but i just didnt want to show any disrespect to the maori culture.
thanks for the advice!
I’ve done alot of maori designed tattoos, mine are all contemporary and thus not classed as offensive to the maori culture, if someone wants their heritage etc i tell them they have to get it drawn up from someone from their family or someone that knows the history, even then i think they have to seek permission before getting it tattooed. So you could design something yourself and then it would be your design alone, dont go copying someone elses work…that would be offensive.
Here’s some of my cultural stuff, there are a couple there that have been specifically designed by maori to mean something