Māori rib tattoo (Rib Tā moko)

We specialise in traditional rib Tā moko inspired by Māori culture and heritage.

About traditional rib tattoos

Karanga Ink celebrates the enduring legacy of tā moko and the unique stories etched onto the skin. A rib tā moko is a powerful statement, adorning your body with intricate designs that speak to your whakapapa (genealogy), resilience, and connection to your ancestors.

The Significance of Rib Tā Moko in Māori Culture
Tā moko has adorned Māori bodies for centuries, and the rib area holds a special significance. Traditionally, this placement served to signify strength, endurance, and the vital energy that flows through this area (mauri). Rib tā moko designs often complemented other moko on the arms and chest, creating a cohesive narrative of identity and cultural heritage.

A Celebration of Strength and Resilience
The ribcage is a powerful symbol of protection and the core of one's being. Tā moko placed on the ribs visually emphasizes these attributes, showcasing the wearer's physical and mental strength. This placement also acknowledges the mauri, the life force that resides within us and fuels our resilience.

Unveiling the Symbolic Language of Tā Moko
Rib tā moko designs utilize the rich visual language of this art form. Intricate spirals (koru) represent growth and journeys, while flowing lines (taua) can symbolize connections and pathways. Other motifs can be incorporated to depict personal narratives or specific values.

The Art of a Rib Tā Moko
Traditionally, tā moko was applied using uhi (chisels) and natural pigments. While contemporary tattoo machines are now used, the cultural significance of the art form remains paramount. Karanga Ink's experienced artists understand the history and weight of this tradition, ensuring each rib tā moko is created with respect and expertise.

Collaborative Design with Our Tohunga Tā Moko
At Karanga Ink, we believe in a collaborative design process. Our highly respected tohunga tā moko will work closely with you to understand your vision, whakapapa, and desired symbolism. They will then create a unique rib tā moko design that reflects your strength, resilience, and connection to your heritage.

Respecting Tradition and Upholding Cultural Integrity
We take immense pride in ensuring that tā moko is approached with the utmost respect and understanding. Consultation is a crucial part of this process. During your initial consultation, we will discuss the cultural weight of rib tā moko and educate you on proper etiquette associated with this taonga (treasure).

Embark on Your Tā Moko Journey at Karanga Ink
Ready to adorn your body with a powerful symbol of your identity? Karanga Ink welcomes those who wish to connect with their heritage and express their strength through this profound art form. The initial consultation is your opportunity to discuss your vision, whakapapa, and desired symbolism for your rib tā moko. It's important to remember that larger, intricate rib designs may require multiple sessions to complete.

Aftercare and Honoring the Significance of Tā Moko
Following your tā moko procedure, we will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure optimal healing. Beyond the physical healing, it's important to remember the ongoing respect one should hold for the cultural significance of their tā moko. This may involve proper conduct and etiquette, as well as a deep appreciation for the traditions it represents.

At Karanga Ink, we are committed to creating exceptional rib tā moko designs that celebrate your strength and empower you to wear your heritage with pride. Contact us today to begin your tā moko journey.

Let us tell your story through traditional rib tamoko