West Wales Warrior said:
Maori blood. However I want a tatoo of a Kiwi with the words Kiwis Rugby League.
Also I want a Maori tatoo, firstly would any of you or know anyone who would object to me have a Maori tatoo, and secondly if not, then would you please advise me on what tatoo I could or should have.
so you are maori? where abouts you from? If you're maori bro it's your God given right to have a Ta Moko (maori tatoo). As for what tatoo you should or could have, everyones should be original, explaining where you come from, your whanau (family), Usually your awa (river) running through it. Tell me where you're from and i can help
He said he has no known Maori blood bro.
I'm not an expert on this subject - the above is just my opinion.
What is yours about non-Maori having Maori tattoos?
Do they see it as a sign of respect or disrespect?
yeah i realised that when i read the title of the topic again. at first all i saw was...
my bad. I personally don't see it as disrespect...
..however, Im not a fan of it. To us maori it's a sign of who we are and where we come from. when a pakeha gets it it's a beautiful gesture that they appreciate our culture. but it doesn't hold that same meaning.
I guess it has everything to do with the reason they get it.
Robbie Williams got his for fashion (i am assuming)
Ben Harper however spends a lot of time in NZ and has stated he has utmost admiration for the maori people and has been invited onto marae as an honourable Maori because of his respect and passion. He is covered from wrist to ankle in Ta Moko, 2 weeks of pain he went through to show his love for the culture, not for fashion.
same with Michael Franti (on a smaller scale that is)
I have no quams about the latter two getting Ta moko, but i don't applaude Robbie Williams. The man that performed the artwork on Robbie, Gorden Harawera, is now looked down upon in the Ta moko circles because of it.