Due to centuries of isolation, the Maori established a distinct society with characteristic art, a separate language and unique mythology. In the Maori language the word Maori means “normal”. They are one of the native people of Polynesia, that inhabit the island of New Zealand.
Tattooing is an important part of the Maori culture. They traditionally cover their faces and heads because of their belief that the head is the most sacred part of the body. This tattoo called “ta moko” is an combination of different circular shapes. Together these figures tell a story. Even if some tattoos look the same, no tattoo is identical as everyone has his own story.