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Maori Tattoo Designs, Ideas and Pictures


Maori Tattoo Designs

The Maori are a native tribe of Polynesian people in New Zealand. They settled the area sometime before the year 1300. In the Maori language, the word Maori means normal, natural, or ordinary. They developed a very distinct culture, and very unique tattoo designs.

Maori tattooing consists of distinctive patterns, curved shapes, spirals, bold lines, and the repetition of certain designs. Maori tattoo art is very beautiful, and the designs will never cross the midline of the face. Traditionally, Maori tattoos were cut into the skin using small tools made out of an albatross bone. The process would take months of agonized work and planning. These types of detailed designs were normally worn by men with a high rank in the tribe. These types of tattoos are called Ta Moko by the Maori people.

Maori tattoos come from a very specific form of Polynesian tattooing practices. Polynesian tattooing consists of straight line, geometric patterns. Maori tattoo designs are based on a spiral type design. The tattoo designs that are based on the Maori style have a very definite aesthetic appeal. To a lot of people that get Maori tattoos, these designs are very meaningful. They can be used as a symbol of cultural identity, genealogy, or beauty.

Traditional Maori tattoos were only put on the face. Today, Maori tattoo designs are being done all over the body and all over the world. Mike Tyson has a Maori inspired tattooed on his face, and singer Ben Harper has Maori tribal designs all over his body.

Maori Tattoo Designs

For the Maori people, these tattoos are a form of identification. Each person has a unique design. This is why you can base your new Maori tattoo off of an existing one, but you should never copy an existing design from someone in the Maori tribe. This would be seen as a insult.

Like with any tattoo design from a native tribe, these tattoos have a very significant meaning to the Maori people. If you choose to get a Maori tattoo design, you are getting one of the most meaningful types of tattoos you can possibly get. The Maori people do not appreciate someone just taking certain bits and pieces of their culture to use as a decoration and knowing nothing about its meaning. Just be sure to do your research and be very respectful to the Maori culture when getting a Maori tattoo design.

If you are seriously considering getting a tattoo, we suggest you take a look at a site such as Chopper Tattoo. They have the largest selection of high quality, award winning tattoo designs that you can print out and bring to your local tattoo artist. Here is a small gallery of pictures of Maori tattoo designs:

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See More Maori Tattoo Designs at Chopper Tattoo.

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