Tattoos have always fascinated and inspired me throughout my life. The whole idea of drawing on to the skin is quite a beautiful art form. In the last decade or so, tattoos have been seen everywhere and are a definite common place in todays society. I see younger and younger kids getting "inked" as this custom that started so long ago, still has that adage of a certain rite of passage. The obsession is not just limited to the obvious street cultures, or even suburbia, but to that of centuries old traditions of many tribal ancestries. Not limited just to the body, the tattoo has been seen on the face, perhaps the most taboo place of all.
As with many cultures, the New Zealand tribe of the Maori are known for their tattooing skills. Maori are especially known for their "Moko" or a full face tattoo. Their full face tattoos aren't just for fun, but illustrate their whole life story. Tattoos were specific to individuals, family, clans and tribes. Maori tattoos follow the contours of the face, and are meant to enhance the natural contours and expressions of an individual's face.