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Hardcover
Publisher: Stemmie, New York, 1999
The book is in good condition. Some spotting on inside covers

I quote: A book for Tattoo Artist or those interested in the art. Let me first say that this is a impressive photo essay that contains very impressive photographs, but the majority of these photos are of tattoos and not moko in it's truest sense. If you are looking for a book that documents contmporary moko and not contemporary tattooing by Maori then this may disappoint you. Moko is not just tattoo and not all tattoo are elevated to that of moko. The moko not only consist of the laying of a design in the skin but also of the relationship of the individual to his or her geneology, tribal affiliation, and spirituality. The facilitator of this is the Ta Moko, tattooist for lack of a better word.

There is no part of the book in which the tattooist are interviewed and allowed to share this paramount aspect of the culture. However, this book has become highly collectable now because of the impressive photo essay and must for the Tattoo Artist or those interested in the art.

The begining of the book starts off very well with some impressive moko kanohi and moko kauwai. The inclusion of the individuals tribal affiliations is very important and is a credit to the authors and planners of this book, but then the book diverges, in my opinion, and shows many facial tattoos and not moko. These tattoos are worn very proudly by gang members, predominately Black Power and Mongrel Mob, and Rastafarians as an expression of their individual beliefs and commitments and not necessarily reflective of the strict cultural tapu of the moko. This is not to challenge these individuals Maoritanga, but merely to point out the difference between the beginning of the book and the rest of it.

This book is the "complete copy" and "not" the publication with a page missing and sold in New Zealand because one of the subject withdrew her permission after the book was published. Content is clean, scarce collectable book Please click here to ask a question
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