Most modern moko are done with modern electric tatoo needles, but in pre European times, they where done with a chisel type instrument that left scaring as well as imbedded ink, so the result was a 3D skin decoration. The following are well known New Zealand paintings by a bloke called Goldie. He's done dozens of these paintings in the 19th century, in order to record the art of ta moko before the missionaries stamped it out altogether.

Most modern moko are done with modern electric tatoo needles, but in pre European times, they where done with a chisel type instrument that left scaring as well as imbedded ink, so the result was a 3D skin decoration. The following are well known New Zealand paintings by a bloke called Goldie. He's done dozens of these paintings in the 19th century, in order to record the art of ta moko before the missionaries stamped it out altogether.

Classic Kiwiana.  Gorgeous painted oars from Hawkes' Bay artist Leanne Culy.

Classic Kiwiana. Gorgeous painted oars from Hawkes' Bay artist Leanne Culy.

Queen Bee - Liam Barr. I wanted to buy this for a friend. We have the best Liam Barr though, with the penguin and the hook hand

Queen Bee - Liam Barr. I wanted to buy this for a friend. We have the best Liam Barr though, with the penguin and the hook hand

Another Leanne Culy prize - Pania Fruit Bowl

Another Leanne Culy prize - Pania Fruit Bowl

Oma Rapeti - Tony Harrington

Oma Rapeti - Tony Harrington

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