Inia Taylor

 
Mikara - Ta Moko Series 1990 - 2000
Photographic reproduction
Tattoo by Inia Taylor
Photo by Kerry Brown
30 x 20 cm
"Mikara came to see me one day with the wish to have a contemporary puhoro (thigh tattoo). He had been guided by constant dreams since his childhood. In the dreams he was visited by a Chiefly man tattooed from waist to knee - he told Mikara that this would happen to him. We worked together and developed the design."
 

 

 

 
Inia Taylor
Born 1967
Maori
(Ngati Raukawa)
 
 
Born in Napier of Ngati Raukawa descent, Inia Taylor is an internationally accomplished tattoist, as well as a painter, sculptor and jeweller. Over the last ten years Taylor has done much to promote the revival of Ta Moko (tattooing).
"I think Ive added something to Ta Moko - particularly in the world of Maori art - helped keep the torch alight. Ive taken Ta Moko to new places like the work I did in the films 'Once Were Warriors' and 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted?'. Ive been criticised by many for being too commercial, however I believe it contributes to the debates that keep our culture alive."

Ta Moko Series 1990 - 2000
Tatoo by Inia Taylor
Photographic reproductions, film stills
 
1) Mikara photo by Kerry Brown
30 x 20 cm
 
2) Tane photo by Darryl Ward
30 x 20 cm
 
3) Ati photo by Hans Neleman
30 x 20 cm
 
4) Lawrence Makoare as "Grunt" in the film
"What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted?"
Moko design by Inia Taylor
photo: Kerry Brown
20 x 30 cm
© 1998 South Pacific Pictures
 
5) Samoan Tatau Master Paulo Suluape
assisted by tatooist Inia Taylor
photo by Eileen Kemp
20 x 30 cm
 
6) Julian Arahanga as "Nig" in the film
"What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted?"

Moko Design by Inia Taylor
photo: Kerry Brown
20 x 30 cm
© 1998 South Pacific Pictures
 
 
 

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