Rotorua Visitor Guide - - News -

The Lonely Planet rates Ro­torua (and al­right, Auck­land too) as the sec­ond best places in the world to ink your skin. Only the Bud­dhist Monks in Thailand get a higher rat­ing and their tat­toos are said to be­stow the wearer with mys­ti­cal strength and good luck so that seems fair enough. In New Zealand tra­di­tional ta moko rep­re­sent a per­son’s iden­tity, ori­gin and brav­ery. It’s like a his­tory on the skin for those who know how to read it. Globus Tat­too on Puku­atua St of­fers a mod­ern, bright, clean open stu­dio and they’re com­mit­ted to giv­ing their clients an ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ence; from the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion, to the de­liv­ery of de­sign and of course the fin­ished tat­too. At the end of the pro­ce­dure you get a copy of your tat­too with full in­ter­pre­tive notes of how the com­po­si­tion and sym­bols re­late to your own per­sonal story. They say in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers, in­trigued by the coun­try’s special cul­ture are of­ten their best clients, com­pelled to take home a per­ma­nent sou­venir of their New Zealand ex­pe­ri­ence. At Moko 101, a ta moko stu­dio and art gallery on Hinemoa St, Ho­hua Mohi and part­ner Phillipa Moore are staunch about ta moko say­ing it’s more than a job, it’s a way of life and phi­los­o­phy they are grate­ful for “We re­spect moko and in re­turn it gives us a liv­ing.” They do ta moko and only ta moko. Phillipa says ev­ery de­sign is unique be­cause it is guided by the wearer’s story and it’s up to the prac­ti­tioner to in­ter­pret that story into ta moko. She says peo­ple come from all over the world specif­i­cally to them and she puts the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of ta moko down to its in­tegrity and depth and of course the very ap­peal­ing aes­thetic of a beau­ti­ful ta moko that fits the wearer like a sec­ond skin.

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