Inside: What is Ta Moko? Does it Hurt?

What is a ta moko?

Moko is a name for Māori tattoos and the culture that surrounds them. It is the skin art form of the Māori.

Ta Moko Tattoo Definition

What is the difference between ta moko and tattoo?

‘Tattoo’ is the English version of the Tahitian word tatu. Tattoo is the tradition of marking the skin with ink and needles, whereas moko is the practice of scarring and marking the skin to reflect the whakapapa (genealogy) of the Māori wearer. Moko can be seen as a cultural affirmation.

Ta Moko Tattoo Examples

1. Ta Moko Spine Tattoo

2. Face Ta Moko Design

3. Ta Moko Shoulder Piece

4. Maori Moko Face Idea

5. Ta Moko Leg Sleeve

Ta Moko Tattoos

Do moko symbols have a meaning?

All symbols have meaning, usually, a tribal link that tells the background and stories of the wearer. Moko is a visual language that connects the wearer to their whakapapa.

Does getting a moko hurt?

Yes. Needles are forced into the skin to insert ink into the puncture, so it’s inevitable that it will hurt, although some people have a higher tolerance for pain than others.

Learn More About Tattoos

  • What is a Flat Needle? – Larger flat needles can be used for color fills and shading as they deliver more ink quickly with just one pass. Flat needles are good for intricate shadings such as in geometric patterns and some mandala work. The flat shader needles are also common in semi-permanent makeup
  • Why your Tattoo Pens Matter – The pen drive mode is motor. It drives the drive rod through the motor and then drives the needle up and down to make the power more evenly. Because there is no shrapnel, the wormhole is strong in the skin, and it is easy to have a needle mark in a light color.
  • What is a Tattoo Blowout? – Tattoo blowouts occur when a tattoo artist presses too hard when applying ink to the skin. The ink is sent below the top layers of skin where tattoos belong. Below the skin’s surface, the ink spreads out in a layer of fat & this creates the blurring associated with a tattoo blowout. Let’s look more at how it happens.

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