Ethnic Tattoos & Their Influences

Ethnic Tattoos & Their Influences

The word tattoo comes from the Polynesian word Tatau or Tatu, however, tattoos have appeared across various civilisations throughout history including the Ancient Egyptians, Vikings, Gallics, Celts, Inuits and many other cultures from Borneo, Thailand, North Africa, Philippines, and indeed Pacific islands, the most influential.Every day we see how tattoos from different cultures inspire both our clients and artists so this week we thought it would be a good idea to show how Tribal and Māori designs in particular have influenced modern tattooing and culture.The 90’s trend of neo-tribal designs in the United States is probably the most direct influence ethic tattoos had on modern culture, all be it not necessarily the best. Evolving from this trend Celebrities, such as the Rock and Cesc Fabregas drew inspiration from Māori designs,showing how more elaborate details could be achieved.

Although we do question whether these personalities are patrons of traditional ethnic designs, who in fact understand the meanings behind them, or just normal people interested in the aesthetic they provide?

In Māori culture moko (tattoos) have deep sentimental meaning. It is the practice of scarring and marking the skin to reflect the genealogy of the Maori wearer. All symbols have meaning, usually a tribal link that tells the background and stories of the wearer. Moto is a visual language that connects the wearer to their whakapapa (ancestors). So should we be wearing these symbols on our bodies or could it be misconstrued as offensive?

As none of our artists are experts in the Māori practice of moko we discourage clients to get this style unless they have the genealogical information to help the artist construct the design. We find, more often than not, clients don’t necessarily have a particular affinity with Māori or tribal tattoos, they are more interested in an aesthetic tattoo that enhances their natural body structure.

This particular shift to aesthetic tattoos has lead to developments in rising styles such as geometric, dot work and blackwork. Ethic tattoos will always remain a constant form of inspiration for these styles. Forever revered and admired for their intricacies, details and deep sentimental meanings.
Both Adam and Tyler base some of their designs on traditional ethnic tattoos and next week our guest artist, Abel Miranda, predominantly focusses on his own style of ethnically inspired geometric tattoos. We’re really looking forward to seeing what he comes up with – there are some pretty epic pieces lined up.

Abel does have 1 full day available on the 2nd of March – please contact[email protected] to secure the space.

Abel Miranda
Available Monday 2nd March – Full Day
Adam ‘Woodfarm’ Farmer
Available 24th & 26th of Feb

Adam ‘Woodfarm’ Farmer

Availability you say?

Here’s what the guys have over the next few weeks:Russ Bishop:
Tuesday 3rd February @ 15:00 : 3 hrs
Wednesday 4th February : up to Full day
Thursday 5th March @ 10:30 : 3 hrsAdam Farmer:
Thursday 19th February @ 10:30 : 2 hrs
Friday 20th February @ 14:00 : 4 hrs
Tuesday 24th February : up to Full day
Thursday 26th February : up to Full dayLiviu Chirica:
Friday 27th February @ 13:00 : 2 hrs
Thursday 5th March : up to Full day
Friday 6th March @ 13:00 : up to Full dayTyler Payne:
Tuesday 24th February : up to Full day
Wednesday 25th February @ 10:30 : 2 hrs
Thursday 26th February @ 10:30 : 3 hrs
Friday 27th February @ 12:00 : 5 hrs
Saturday 28th February @ 10:30 : 2 hrs

Last week in a flash…
Mayan inspired stonework by Russ
Leah Harris aka Ella Winter came by and got a couple pirates
Sentimental piece from Liviu
Friday 13th tattoos from Tyler
Selection from Russ
including two EPIC coverups


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