Maori Tattoo

Updated: Mar 4

We have great happiness in producing traditional Maori tattoo


The legend of Mataora

  • A less historical explanation of the origin of Maori tattoo can be found in the local legend which suggests that ta moko, the Maori tattoo, came from the underworld, called Uetonga

  • The legend states that there was a young warrior called Mataora, who fell in love with the princess of the underworld, called Niwarek

  • who fell in love with the princess of the underworld, called Niwareka. Niwareka came above ground to marry Mataora.

  • However, Mataora mistreated Niwareka, which in turn, made her return to the underworld.


Maori tattoo is very sacred


Due to the sacred nature of the Maori tattoo, those who were undergoing the process, and those involved in the process, could not eat with their hands or talk to anyone aside from the other people being tattooed. Those who were receiving tattoos made it a point to not cry out in pain, because to do so was a sign of weakness. Being able to withstand the pain was very important in terms of pride for Maori people.



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