I did a lot of research, looking for someone who would give me a taa moko, a Maori tattoo. I wanted it done the traditional way, with a chisel, something organic and spiritual.
I found Rangi Kipa, a well-known and well-respected carver and tattoo artist. He, along with a few of his friends, brought about the resurgence of traditional chiseled taa moko 17 years ago.
Below are some of Rangi Kipa's carvings.
Whale tooth carvings
After chatting for a while, Rangi being very patient and answering all my questions (and you know how much I can talk!) we started.
Rangi just started drawing on my shoulder, knowing what I wanted it to represent and then took a picture of it and waited for my okay.
Below: The uhi at work
Me and Rangi Kipa post taa moko
To see more of what Rangi does, check out his website: http://www.rangikipa.com/