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.