Translated from M?ori language Kirituhi means ‘marking the skin’. It is a contemporary tattoo art form based on T? Moko. This tattoo artform is very unique from the perspective of creation, the tattoo tells a story of the wearer and also a story of the tattoo process itself.
Thereof, can anyone get a Ta Moko?
By Thalita Alves. Traditional M?ori tattoos, known as t? moko, carry a lot of spiritual and mythical meaning. … Anyone can get kirituhi, no matter where they come from or their cultural upbringing: they have been created so that M?ori can share their customs with the masses.
Likewise, what does Ta Moko represent?
T? moko – the art of M?ori tattoo – is a unique expression of cultural heritage and identity. In M?ori culture, it reflects the individual’s whakapapa (ancestry) and personal history. In earlier times it was an important signifier of social rank, knowledge, skill and eligibility to marry.
Can Pakeha get Maori tattoos?
In summary: No Pakeha will ever get Ta Moko because no Maori could justifiably recognise and proclaim the status over them. Are there designs that are culturally “open” and will not convey a meaning which I cannot carry on my body? Kirituhi. ‘Traditional’ is a difficult word that implies a uniformed answer from M?ori.
Most notably, they were tattooed on the chin as part of the ritual of social maturity, a signal to men that a woman had reached puberty. Chin patterns also served to protect women during enemy raids.
Kowhaiwhai patterns are traditional M?ori art, often found on M?ori meeting houses called Maraes. The Kowhaiwhai patterns are history recorded by M?ori and each tell a story. The colours used on them are traditionally red, white and black.
The koru (M?ori for ‘”loop or coil”‘) is a spiral shape based on the appearance of a new unfurling silver fern frond. It is an integral symbol in M?ori art, carving and tattooing, where it symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace.
Ta Moko, the bodily artform of the indigenous Maori of New Zealand. … Ta Moko is primarily for those of Maori blood and descent, while Kirituhi is for those of non Maori heritage. Ta Moko and Kirituhi tell a story, the story of the person wearing the tattoo.