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The Other Side of Ink: Traditional Tattooing Across the Pacific

The Other Side of Ink: Traditional Tattooing Across the Pacific

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In New Zealand, tattoo artist Paitangi provides a unique and inherently feminine take on traditional Māori tattooing.

Paitangi is one of the few female Maori tattooists in the world. Based in Paihia, New Zealand, she brings a unique and inherently feminine take on the timeless traditions of this art form.

As part of their three-part video series The Other Side, VICE recently aired an intriguing episode entitled “Tā Moko and Tebori: Exploring the Meaning of Ink in Māori and Japanese Culture.” In this mini-documentary, Paitangi visits several artists in Japan to explore the differences and similarities between tā moko and Irezumi.

Paitangi and Kamata visit the studio of a tebori tattooist, Horiken, to compare the Māori and Japanese methods of hand-poking tattoos: The Other Side. VICE.


Horiken works in traditional tebori: The Other Side. VICE.


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