No Sharks Or Humans were harmed in the making of this video & all released after taking picture of catch.
Zane Swanston has tattooed New Zealand sports celebrities while working at Zealand Tattoo, including Brendon McCullums’ tattoo on his right arm. Beside him in the All Blacks team with Polynesian tattoos were Ma’a Nonu, Jerome Kaino and Sonny Bill Williams. February 10, 2013 by Zane Since Christchurch is undergoing a serious re-vamp, engineers and trade specialists have come from all over the world to give us a hand! Want to get a unique Maori Tattoo form the team at Zealand but can’t get all the way to Christchurch to do it??
We will be doing this with not only Maori Tattoo, but Japanese, Maori Japanese crossover, New School, Ornamental and any thing else you desire! We will also have a “Build Your Own Sleeve” area so that you can choose back ground images , foreground images and cut and paste your design together with designs from only the best Tattoo artists around New Zealand and the world created specifically for this part of the site, so you know any combination of designs you choose will have thoughtful cohesive over all look, perfect for Tattooing!! August 16, 2012 by Zane Jason Royale (More FM), decided he wanted to get a tattoo as a memorial to the earthquakes Christchurch has recently suffered. April 6, 2012 by Zane Mana has been doing some awesome tattoos in a Maquetian influenced style, similar to ‘The Rocks’ and just as good, if not better! This goes along with the fact that, while Maori males declined in practicing facial tattoos during the mid-1900’s, the females continued to do so. The map of New Zealand along with very striking and sometimes random designs and Maori inspired tattoos often make up the bulk of New Zealand tattoo designs. The traditional methods of Maori tattooing have recently experienced a revival especially for those Maoris who seek to preserve their cultural heritage. Despite its popularity, there seems to be a division between acceptance and disdain for tattoos in New Zealand. Zealand Tattoo can provide you a wide selection of designs that are not only limited to the Maori and Polynesian inspired tribal arts, but can also extend to other tattoo designs. Filed Under: Articles Tagged With: ancestry, art, Maori, origin, polynesian, traditionalWhy Should You Get A Maori Tattoo In New Zealand? April 21, 2010 by Zane There are many reasons to get a tattoo in New Zealand, not only are the tattoos unique and extremely original but they also carry with them a lot of tradition. New Zealand is home to the Maori people who were a formerly nomadic ethnic group from Polynesia who then migrated to New Zealand centuries ago. Due to the growing popularity of Maori tattoos, especially in its native country, New Zealand now has many tattoo parlours and studios which specialise not only in the general art of tattooing, but in the more complicated form of Maori tattoo design. A typical Maori tattoo design is very complex, so it appeals to a large group of individuals.
You can generally get two kinds of Maori tattoos in New Zealand: the traditional method and the modern adaptation. The reason for the popularity of the Maori tattoo design is partly due to its strong originality, as well as its cultural value. It is also popular due to the fact that it generally strikes curious and admiring reactions from people who see the tattoos. A deeper reason for the popularity of the Maori tattoo, especially among the Maori descendants, is because of the fact that it connects them more deeply to their origins, while the practice preserves the meaning and value of the tattoos in the present day.
Being the place of origin of the Maori tattoo, what better place to get it than in New Zealand? Zealand Tattoo, not only specialises in Maori tattoos, but Japanese irezumi and other kinds of body art as well.
Filed Under: Articles Tagged With: Maori, new zealand, quality, symbolise, tradition, whyHow To Decide If You Should Get A Tattoo ? April 21, 2010 by Zane Getting a tattoo isn’t a complicated process, although you do usually think about it well before you rush to get one.
Knowing what you really want to get inked is very important, because something that may appeal to you at first glance may be something you’ll grow tired of later on. To prevent this from happening, you might want to consider getting a tattoo that not only looks good, but carries some special significance for you. Planning where you want it will help to ensure that you will have a tattoo that is best suited for that certain part of your body. Knowing where you want your tattoo to be done and who does it is just as important as choosing what kind of tattoo you want and where you want it.
You need to be sure that they use only disposable needles, and that their tools, as well as their workplace are properly sterilised in order to avoid the risk of infection and contamination. Having an exceptional tattoo artist design or execute your tattoo for you will make sure that you receive quality workmanship which will be both a pleasure and an asset to you.
Getting your tattoos in winter will ensure good healing, since it will not be exposed to heat, wind, and dust – which might delay the healing process. You should not get a tattoo when you have alcohol in your system, since alcohol commonly makes you bleed more.
These tips, along with some common sense, are just some ways to decide on what you should do if ever you want to get a tattoo. During his 4 years there, he  picked up a few awards including best New Zealand related, Best arm sleeve, Best tribal and Best overall at show. Maori tattoos are among the most distinctive tattoos in the world and have their own identity amongst the Polynesian tattoos. Maori tattoo art is very beautiful, consisting of curved shapes and spirals in intricate patterns. Maori tattoo art is different from traditional tattooing in that sense that the Maori tattoo was carved into the skin with a chisel, instead of punctured.


The Maori tattoo consists of bold spiral designs covering the face, the buttocks and the legs of the Maori men.
Tattooing has a sacred significance – the Maori tattoo design itself, and the long and painful process of acquiring the tattoo (Maori tribe tattooing was done with bone chisels).
The precise history of the Maori tattoo is rather vague, but we do know the legendary source. When Mataora, a young warrior, fell in love with Niwareka, the princess of the underworld, she agreed to come aboveground to marry him. Eventually, sick with guilt and with his face paint smudged, Mataora made his way down to the underworld to try to win her back. Instead of needles, the Maori people used knives and chisels (uhi), either smooth or serrated, and the ink was applied by means of incisions. The tattoo ink for the body color was made from an organism that is half vegetable, half caterpillar (the caterpillar is infected by a certain kind of fungus that starts growing out of its head, killing the caterpillar).
By the end of the 19th century, other tattoo equipment like tattoo needles began to set in.
Maori tattooing would usually start at adolescence, and was used to celebrate important events throughout life. Needless to say, tattooing by making incisions with a chisel was a painful process, but traditional Maori tattoos were meant to be more than decorative – they were a show of strength, courage and status. The process of Maori tattooing was a ritual, with music, chant and fasting – in fact, fasting was more or less a necessity, because the face would swell up from the wounds caused by the tattooing process! The tattoo specialists in the Maori culture were usually men, although there are some women who also were tohunga ta moko (moko specialists).
The Maori traditions such a tattooing lost much of its significance after the coming of European settlers. Since the 1990s the Maori culture and traditions are having a revival and the traditional Maori tribe tattooing is all but extinct, Maori tattoos have made a comeback and are popular again, including the old tattoo equipment like chisels. Modern Maori tattoos are usually found on the body rather than the face, and usually (but not always) modern tattoo equipment and ink are used – but the traditional ta moko inspired designs have a universal and timeless appeal. Maori tattoo patterns and symbols are a way of personal identification for the Maori people. If you want a tattoo design in the Maori style, find a tattoo artist that has experience with Maori tattoos and knows about these issues. Robbie Williams: celebrity with a Maori sleeve tattoo, done by Henk Schiffmacher, a Dutch tattoo artist.
Johan got a tattoo from us and wanted to send picture and a video of their adventures here in the land of the long white cloud New Zealand. They embarked on an adventure to hunt for sharks all through New Zealand and got the jackpot! Brendon McCullums’ tattoo is a scroll containing the Roman Numerals CXXVI XLII CCXXIV.  McCullums’ arm tattoo symbolises where he places within the list of cricketers who have had the honor of representing New Zealand within international cricket.
Ma’a Nonus’ tattoo is a ? Polynesian tattoo arm sleeve on his right arm as well as a Polynesian band tattoo on his left. Being a leading Christchurch Tattoo studio as well as Maori Design specialists, Zealand Tattoo happy to give these willing immigrants their unique Maori Tattoo to remember their experience here in New Zealand. Started by Peter Aurisch of Berlin, Germany, the usual front-runner of Post Modern fine arts, now in Body Art as well. It combined the use of sharpened chisels made from albatross bone and natural indelible ink. Recent studies show that there is an ever-growing popularity of tattooing among New Zealander females rather than with males, which may surprise some people. The growing popularity seems to be focused on the younger generation, but a good number of older individuals also take part in the art-form. Aside from the Maori tattoos, which are usually restricted only to those of Maori descent, Kiwi’s often choose patriotic designs for tattoos, such as a map of New Zealand. The Maori have an established group that deals with the issues surrounding their art form, called Te Uhi a Mataora. Their uniqueness, originality, as well as craftsmanship and history all contribute to its wide appeal and interest. Maori tattoos are not simply symbols tattooed onto skin, they are a kind of coded message that tells the story of the person who has the tattoo.
It is composed of variations of lines – both thick and thin, spirals and waves, as well as other minute designs interlaced with the general outline. The traditional process of getting a Maori tattoo is done by a tohunga moko, or moko specialist. The Maori people have strong ties to their body art, and it is symbolised a transition from youth to adulthood, along with the concepts of strength and beauty. It also announces one’s identity as well as their patriotism particularly if one is a local or a descendant of locals. We offer a wide selection of custom and original tattoos and offer quality service to meet your standards. Factors like price, hygiene and sanitation, quality of work, and the popularity of the tattoo studio and tattoo artist should help you decide. However, you do not want to be paying next to nothing and receiving a seriously sub-standard tattoo. Since tattoos are performed by inserting needles into the skin to apply the design, it might carry the risks of contamination.
You also need to be certain that the ink that the tattooist is using is hypoallergenic, especially if you have sensitive skin.
If the shop is popular, it must be due to the excellent quality of work and outstanding service.


If you plan on getting a tattoo before going to the beach the next day, it might not be a good idea. Not exposing a new tattoo to the elements will also ensure that its design won’t be ruined. You just can’t go into a tattoo shop full of people and demand you get yours done as soon as possible. Getting a tattoo will hurt, but since people have different thresholds for pain, it generally varies. Eventually Dan decided to open his own shop Tattoo New Zealand which he prides in being calm, hygienic and modern with a new approach to art and custom designs. Tattooing is a sacred art among the Maori people of New Zealand, and probably came to them from the islands of East Polynesia. Distinctive for Maori tattoo designs is the fact that they are based on the spiral and that they are curvilinear. Maori women were usually tattooed on the lips and chin and in some cases on the neck and the back. He succeeded, and Niwareka’s father taught him the art of Maori tribe tattooing as well! The first tattoo marks the transition from childhood to adulthood and was done during a series of rites and rituals.
Both men and women were tattooed, though women substantially less (maybe because there was less of a need for them to show courage) and on other places (usually the lips and chin).
It is never ok for a non-maori to wear a Maori tattoo pattern, even if it is done with respect. By copying their designs you steal a part of their identity, what the Maori see as an insult. He can design a tattoo for you that has the looks of a moko without the Maori symbolic ties. Have you ever wondered how to show peace, love or passion within a tattoo?  Here at Zealand Tattoo, we produce specialised Maori tattoos, Polynesian tattoos and Japanese tattoos that are uniquely designed to describe your story. Kainos’ Polynesian tattoo starts on his right shoulder, which was designed from his village. More and more are coming to us for their ultimate souvenir, allowing us help  Maori Tattoo make its mark globally!
Zealand Tattoos new Online design service can provide you with an amazing Tattoo via email so that you can have an original Maori Design, made specifically for you with all of your own personal meanings for you to have Tattooed anywhere in the world!!!
Some artists have also incorporated traditional Maori designs and concepts in their own New Zealand tattoo artwork.
It uses the original bone chisels and organic inks that the ancient Maori employed for their tattoos.
It won’t hurt as much as the traditional method, but it will not leave grooves and indentations on the skin. Tattoos and body art in general are very popular here, and since New Zealanders have been perfecting tattoo art for a very long time, you can be assured that it will have the stamp of quality on it. Whichever appeals to you, knowing where you want to have your tattoo done also lessens the risk of regretting it later.
Diseases may be spread from an infected person to a healthy one if proper sanitation is not practiced in a tattoo shop. Zealand Tattoo has high-standards and artists that will ensure your utmost satisfaction and safety.
Aside from that, it’s simply rude to go into a tattoo shop slightly disoriented and dazed. If you don’t like waiting in line, (and who does?) setting a schedule will allow the artists to give you the best service they can.
Mataora brought ta moko – Maori tattoos - as well as other skills he had picked up in the underworld, back with him, and the ideas caught on. Tattoo art was an important part of the Maori culture – in fact, people without tattoos were considered to be without status or worth. Many of us appreciate the bold statement that Maori tattoo designs make, and this style of tribal tattooing is growing in popularity.
Sonny Bill Williams’ Samoan tattoo includes spearheads, which is designed to express courage and fight.
Check out this awesome design we sent to Mickey who had it done by a talented artist in Amsterdam. It has grown in popularity over the last few years, not only among the Maori descendants, but also among other New Zealander’s and people throughout the world. It was a highly painful process which leaves grooves in the skin, making the end result very unique. But if you find sitting for an hour or so in a chair with a tattoo machine buzzing in your ears uncomfortable, you might want to re-think getting one.
When you get your tattoo done by Zealand Tattoo, you get great information to make you more comfortable and to really look after your tattoo. It is unique in appearance because the process calls for carving the skin, leaving it with grooves after healing.
It’s hard to go wrong when choosing a Maori-design tattoo, especially as one of the main bonuses of Maori tattooing is that it compliments the figure.



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