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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.
This photograph of an unidentified Maori man with a moko (facial tattoo) was taken in 1880. Some Christian missionaries disapproved of moko, arguing that they were a heathen practice, so some Maori men let their facial hair grow to cover their tattoos. Friggin missionaries.
Māori Tā Moko face marking was a sacred practice among the indigenous tribes of New Zealand. Each moko design was unique to each individual, (no two designs were ever the same as they were never duplicated) and signified a young man’s transition from childhood to manhood. As well as representing rank and status these marks also had significant meaning to the wearer, symbolically connecting them to their ancestors and lineage.
New Zealand | A cropped image of the original painting of Tamati Waka Nene (c.1785-1871) by Gottfried Lindauer, in 1890. | Tamati Waka Nene was a warrior and chieftan of the Ngati-Hoa tribe in the early 19th century.