Turumakina Duley taking time out at Mana Moko Studio, Auckland. A matakiti (clairvoyant) once told Turumakina Duley that he had been a ta moko artist in another life. If you have had the privilege of seeing his work then you could almost believe it were true. Mr Duley said there have been artists in his family, who were of both Maori and pakeha descent, and he credits his natural affinity with ta moko to those genes.
Although tribal tattoos tend to look more masculine, there are certain styles of Polynesian tattoos that actually appear to be very feminine. This girl’s Polynesian tattoo, for example, is very elegant.