History of a Tattoo ~ Maori Style

Every time I start to think about getting another tattoo, I get the urge to do a post on another style. To continue my History of a Tattoo Series I chose Maori style tattooing or Ta Moko (to strike or tap). Ta Moko is the process of marking the body permanently with certain designs by using phi (chisels) to carve the skin rather than puncture it. Ouch!

Maoris are the original inhabitants of New Zealand. Maori is one of my all time favourites because of the cultural significance behind each design. Each design is worn for its personal significance being either; tribal history, eligibility to marry, rank, genealogy, identification and marks of beauty or ferocity. The traditional Maoris take offence to non Maori individuals imitating their culture for the sake body art. Ta Moko is the tapu (sacred) form of family and personal identification. If you absolutely love the Maori style designs they suggest you chose a Kirituhi, which is a form of pattern art that looks like Ta Moko but doesn’t make any reference to Maori symbolism. It literally means ‘skin art’.

Traditionally it took months of planning and approval from the elders and other family members in order to be worthy of getting a moko in the first place. Usually those with high ranks such as Chiefs were the only ones who could afford or be worthy of adorning them. Women traditionally only had their lips, around the chin and sometimes their nostrils tattooed which was seen as the epitome of Maori female beauty, whereas men were allowed full facial moko. Now many men decide to do other parts of their bodies excluding their face, you have to be pretty brave to sport a full facial tattoo these days! I couldn’t decide which video to include so I have included two which I though were very interesting and worth watching! Enjoy ~

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Kissing XXX

Tracy I believe in long, slow, deep, wet kisses that last three days” quote, Kevin Costner’s character from the movie ‘Bull Durham’.  A classic line.  You know what they say, those who are talking about it aren’t doing it!  But are those who are doing it, doing it well?
Kissing…just let your mind wander for a moment and think about the Best Kiss that has ever been planted on your lips and what made it just that!  I know mine, you know who you are!  🙂
A kiss can take on many different forms and reflect a variety of different emotions.  The kiss dates back to the beginning of human history and remains a huge part of relations between men and women, one of the tell tale signs if someone is a great lover.  A kiss can be the measuring stick to determine if there is a second date in some cases.  It tells you if you are both feeling the chemistry that is in the air between your lips.  There is nothing better than a great first kiss, the anticipation that leads us to it is electric and if it’s what we hoped for, shivers and butterflies!  Okay, there is only one thing better than a great first kiss and that is a kiss that feels just as great years later!  Bliss…kiss bliss.

KissingMost women put a lot of stock in a man’s kissing ability.  Some women will even claim that a first touch of the lips is a solid indicator of how the relationship will pan out.  Apparently men find it hard to discuss kissing with women, because they believe they are already a good smoocher.  Kissing is personal, so when one women thinks a man isn’t a great lip locker, it means nothing, it’s merely an opinion.  With the right person it can evoke many different moods that range from playful and loving to sensual and erotic.

If you are a women’s Best Kiss you will be remembered forever and a measuring stick for life.  Nothing else will be quite the same as that one set of lips you loved to lock with, until you meet their match.  Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs to meet your ‘Prince’ but that’s the fun part! kissing

The kiss is the single most underestimated intimate display of affection.  I think the kiss is the key that unlocks the door of your relationship that leads you to an entirely different level.  If you can rock her world with a hot passionate kiss, the relationship from that moment on is open to explore.

There was a study done on kissing and it was found that women based their decision of whether or not to sleep with a man purely on their kissing abilities.  No Gin or Tequila needed here guys, just your luscious kissable lips!!  The perfect recipe for a great kiss ~I don’t think there is one.   Kissing is a personal expression of emotions that happens when it can no longer be held back.  Next time you give a kiss, make it one that will be remembered!  Now go lock lips like you mean it!!

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