Archives for October 2016


The English word “tattoo” is a modification of the Tahitian “Tatu”. Tattooing as a cultural statement is believed to have originated in Polynesia.

Fashions come and go but the allure of native designs has endured and has now spread around the world with celebrities in the entertainment and sporting worlds having their bodies adorned with Maori and Polynesian motifs.

From a discreet little butterfly on an ankle to a full face, New Zealander’s are the most tattooed people in the world. *¬†A 2009 poll by UMR Research reported one in five Kiwis wear ink with Kiwis under the age of 30 more likely to have a tattoo than any other age group. It may come as a surprise to many people that the report also discovered 22% of women were tattooed compared to 17% of men. ¬†This is due to the popularity of wearing a tattoo among Maori and Pacific Island females. read more