To help you decide if Tā moko is right for you, we suggest reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below before committing to receiving Tā moko during the Tuku Iho Living Legacy Programme:
Am I confirmed to receive Tā moko?
Yes, you are confirmed to receive Tā moko.
When will I receive my tattoo and where?
You will receive your tattoo once the times and dates are set after payment for it
How big will my Tā moko be?
Taa moko sizings are dependant on a number of things
It is up to the individual as to how big they want it and how much time they wish to pay for
What type of tattoo design can I get and where can I get my tattoo?
We only do traditional maori taa moko work
As Tā moko will be carried out on public display, your Tā moko cannot be placed anywhere that violates public exposure standards.
Will it hurt when I get a tattoo?
There will be a small amount of pain and discomfort with a tattoo and this depends on your threshold for pain and the location of the tattoo – Tā moko will will be applied with a modern needle and ink. Some describe the feeling of a getting a tattoo as a mildly irritating scratching sensation on the skin surface. After the tattoo design is complete, most describe the pain of a tattoo as minimal and annoying more than painful for a very brief period whilst the work ‘settles’.
How much will my taa moko cost?
There is no standard cost for Tā moko. Individuals receiving moko at the Taa Moko studio New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) will need to sort that out once they book a time in.
What happens after I get my tattoo?
You will receive take-home care instructions to properly care for your tattoo. Following these instructions will help prevent any damage to your tattoo.
What will happen to my tattoo over time?
A tattoo design will start to look different over time. Often tattoos change where the colours look lighter and lines aren’t as prominent as they were when you first got your tattoo.
Is it safe to get a tattoo when I am not feeling well?
You need to be feeling well when you get a tattoo so that your body can heal itself after the tattoo design process.
Is getting a tattoo safe?
The process of getting a tattoo is completely safe. All tools, needles, and accessories are kept in sterilisation pouches and opened in front of each customer. After use needles are disposed of in a sharps bin, as is standard protocol in the medical industry.
Do you still have questions?
Moko Artist and carver
TUMU WHAKAIRO: TE WĀNANGA WHAKAIRO RĀKAU O AOTEAROA
Head of School – The New Zealand Wood Carving School
Ngāti Whātua-o-Ōrākei, Te Wai-o-Hua, Ngāpuhi
Arekatera (Katz) graduated from NZMACI’s carving school in 2006 and began doing moko in 2006.
Arekatera Maihi is compliant under the 1989 Skin piercing guidelines prepared by the Medical and Scientific Sub-Committee of The National AIDS Council and The New Zealand Ministry of Health; The New Zealand Government's principal advisor on health.
Moko Artist and Carver
Pou Whakairo: TE WĀNANGA WHAKAIRO RĀKAU O AOTEAROA
Specialist Carver - The New Zealand Wood Carving School
Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Te Rangi
Jacob began his artistic journey at Otago University, and then learnt the art form of Tā Moko in Tokoroa. Now a graduate of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, whakairo rākau is added to his skill set. Jacob has discovered similarities between working on skin and wood, both present their own challenges yet both have similar grain and curves
Jacob Tautari is compliant under the 1989 Skin piercing guidelines prepared by the Medical and Scientific Sub-Committee of The National AIDS Council and The New Zealand Ministry of Health; The New Zealand Government's principal advisor on health.