I have been looking for inspiration for a new tattoo, and after deciding where I wanted it, I took to the internet looking for some ideas.
In my search I found some interesting thoughts about Maori designs, and learnt that to avoid offending the Maori people, having tattoo’s that do not use traditional symbols is the way forward. The Maori people have a style of tattoo called Kirituhi, which basically means Skin Art. Its a style that is commonly accepted for non Maori people to have without causing offence.
There are still some people on the internet that believe only the Maori can adorn their body with Kirituhi designs, but there are many more that believe its ok in todays world.
I found this site http://otautahitattoo.com/gallery/maori-pacific-tattoos to have some amazing designs. To the left is an example from the site that I like. Its the little curves at the end that I like, as I haven’t seen anything like it before.
So now that I have found the style I need to find someone who can design the tattoo for me. So after some more searching I found a chap in the UK called Tony who does designs for people over the internet. You can also get him to do the tattoo. He seems very capable, and has a website showing off his work: http://www.kirituhitattoo.com/
I am going to have a chat with Tony and see what he can do for me. I would love to meet up with him so that he can get to know me and design something very personal.
I am still open to other designs, and will also be speaking with Kneill and Si, my usual tattoo artists.