Māori shoulder tattoo (Shoulder Tā moko)

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

Where Heritage Meets Expression - Shoulder Tā Moko

A Powerful Statement of Identity
Shoulder tā moko is a captivating art form, adorning the upper body with a rich tapestry of Māori tradition and personal narrative. At Karanga Ink, we understand the significance of this placement and create shoulder tā moko that empower you to express your whakapapa (genealogy), identity, and connection to your ancestors.

The Enduring Legacy of Shoulder Tā Moko in Māori Culture
Tā moko has been a significant part of Māori culture for centuries, with shoulder placements holding a distinct meaning. Shoulder moko traditionally served to signify social status, bravery, and strength. It was often worn by warriors and those holding positions of leadership within the community.

A Symbol of Strength and Identity
The shoulder served as a prominent location to showcase personal prowess and social standing. The intricate designs on the shoulder emphasized the wearer's mana (prestige) and their role as protectors and leaders within the whānau (extended family) and hapū (tribal group).

Unveiling the Symbolic Language of Tā Moko
Shoulder tā moko utilizes a rich visual language to tell stories and convey personal meaning. Intricate spirals (koru) represent growth and new beginnings, while feathers (whakarauponga) can symbolize journeys and spiritual connection. Other motifs can be incorporated to reflect specific values or achievements.

The Art of a Shoulder 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 shoulder 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 shoulder tā moko design that reflects your identity and honours 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 shoulder tā moko and educate you on proper etiquette associated with this taonga (treasure).

Embark on Your Tā Moko Journey at Karanga Ink
Ready to begin your tā moko journey? Karanga Ink welcomes those who wish to connect with their heritage and express their identity through this powerful art form. The initial consultation is your opportunity to discuss your vision, whakapapa, and desired symbolism for your shoulder tā moko. It's important to remember that larger, intricate shoulder 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 shoulder tā moko that embody the spirit of tradition and empower you to wear your identity with pride. Contact us today to begin your tā moko journey.

Let us tell your story through traditional shoulder tamoko