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November 17, 2004

Moko revival

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Moko - Maori face tattoo - is undergoing a revival.

A growing number of New Zealand Maori, in parallel with their growing political strength, are reaching back to their ancestors as they move toward the future.

Though it hurts like the dickens, and some moderns choose to have a injection from a dentist first, most Maori don't bother.

Moko has left the Maori, however, and become hip: more and more of the wanna-be cool are getting them.

Moko artist Rangi Kipa says society accepts women with moko more easily than men; most people having it done are between 18 and 40.

I look for Madonna to be sporting one any day now.

[via Kirsten Lawson and The Financial Times]

November 17, 2004 at 09:01 AM | Permalink


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