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28 Tribal Māori Tā Moko Tattoos

by cyclo_tripz Posted 19th Mar 2013 at 10:09 PM - Updated 13th Jun 2013 at 12:51 AM by cyclo_tripz : changed terminology
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
For the Cultural Diversity Create Competition, I have created 28 Māori Tā Moko. The Māori are the tribal Indians indigenous peoples of New Zealand and one of their traditions is to create Tā Moko (tattoos) onto their faces and bodies using uhi (chisels). This tradition is similar to that of Pacific Islanders and other parts of Polynesia.

Unlike modern tattoos punctured into the skin, tā moko is engraved into the skin for rituals, milestones, rank, status, and rites. Tā moko may also be used to appear more attractive to the opposite sex or to tell one's life story. It is thus important not to copy someone else's tā moko for the latter reason. Families have been known to use symbols to display their whakapapa (genealogy). Men generally tā moko their entire bodies while women focus on the chin and lips (kauwae) or forehead. Over time, it has become more common for women to tā moko other parts of their bodies as well. A moko on the face is the ultimate statement of one's declaration of their identity as a Māori. A typical uhi is made of albatross bone, awheto (fungus), soot, and ngarehu (burnt timbers). The Tohunga (tattooists) were considered sacred and it wasn't until the 20th century when women began becoming Tohunga. Uhi was replaced by the more popular needles later on in the 19th century.

New Zealanders of European descent (the Pākehā ) began drastically changing the Māori culture. By the 1860's, tā moko was only performed on women and eventually the tradition began to disappear. Around the 1990's, tā moko suddenly became more popular and served as a cultural identity for those of Māori descent. The Māori traditions, culture, and language are being revived in today's modern world. Most tā moko are applied with a tattoo machine nowadays, but there are some who use traditional uhi. Tā moko is still seen as sacred, and there is controversy about foreigners marking their bodies with tā moko.

As Dr. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku of Māori descent from BBC stresses, "But moko, most of all, is about life. It is about beauty and glamour [sic]...The important reality remains - it is ours. It is about beauty, and desire, about identity and belonging. It is about us, the Māori people. As one venerable elder stated, more than a century ago, "Taia o moko, hei hoa matenga mou" (Inscribe yourself, so you have a friend in death). "

Sims 3 Info
21 of the tattoos I made are ambitions-styled tattoos that can be applied at the tattoo machine. This means they can be used on any age that has tattoos enabled. 3 of the tattoos are face tattoos which is enabled as a blush for young adult and adult female and male sims. 4 of the tattoos are kauwae styled and enabled as lipstick for adult and young adult female sims. All tattoos have one recoloarble channel. I made it this way to discourage, in Dr. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku words, "ignorant use of traditional art." It is very offensive to the Māori people to morph it into fashion so I kept it Māori-style for this particular theme. Some Māori demand foreigners wear kirituhi instead of tā moko, but that is another story. I labeled each tattoo so I can more quickly find it so the labels are not 'traditional.' I used Nraas MasterController ExpandedTattoo for increased tattoo placement. The blush and lipstick can be found under Naked, Everyday, Formalwear, Sleepwear, Swimwear, Athletic, and Career. Please see attached images for full pictures of each tattoo. Pictured is Taurus and Jodie

CC Credits
Hair: Shaine by NewSea and Gantz by Juice from NewSea
Clothing: All Time Travel Clothing Unlocked by Shivar
Eyebrows, Skin and Eyes: Ephemera NV1 / NV2 Asia
Poses: Fantasy Pose Pack by traelia

Additional Credits:
MAXON Cinema 4D BodyPaint
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator CTU by the CTU Team S3PE Package Editor by Peter and Inge Jones
CmarNYC's XCAS mod and Tattooinator
Nraas MasterController ExpandedTattoo

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Size: 4.82 MB · Downloads: 81,757 · 19th Mar 2013
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Field Researcher
#2 Old 19th Mar 2013 at 11:40 PM
Amazing. Simply amazing. Well done.
#3 Old 20th Mar 2013 at 4:14 AM
these are beautiful! maybe I'm bias because i want to get a tribal tattoo on my thigh in rl , but these are great!
Mad Poster
#4 Old 20th Mar 2013 at 11:42 AM
Love the tribal tattoos that you have made, cyclo_tripz
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 20th Mar 2013 at 3:13 PM
Thank you for the background on the Maori as well. I love these. Great job!
Test Subject
#6 Old 20th Mar 2013 at 5:58 PM
Excellent work, and regarding the Sims 3, this might be the best tattoo set i've seen so far.
Test Subject
#7 Old 21st Mar 2013 at 1:55 AM
This is pretty bombastic. I love it!
Test Subject
#8 Old 21st Mar 2013 at 10:50 PM
I was worried when I saw this on MS3B that it could come across as quite insensitive, but you did really well in conveying your respect for the important role these tattoos had in Maori culture. Thank you!
Test Subject
#9 Old 22nd Mar 2013 at 7:22 AM
I have been waiting forever for tattoos like these! Perfection at it's finest, you did an amazing job. Thank you!
Test Subject
#10 Old 22nd Mar 2013 at 10:47 PM
As a member of another culture that uses tattoos in this manner, well done. I have been waiting for some tattoos like these to show up, instead of the usual, empty "art" tattoos. Very well done.
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 23rd Mar 2013 at 7:41 AM
These are pretty kick-ass. Well done!
Interstellar Traveler
#12 Old 23rd Mar 2013 at 4:13 PM
Fantastic... awesome! Holy goodness! This is absolutely amazing! Great work!
Test Subject
#13 Old 24th Mar 2013 at 12:53 PM
Can any1 help me make those tats work, i've placed them in my mods/packages folder and i cant seem to get them... i have version

I would veeeery much aprreciate some help.

Test Subject
#14 Old 25th Mar 2013 at 11:19 PM
These are beautiful! Wonderful job!
Space Pony
#15 Old 26th Mar 2013 at 1:05 AM
These are amazing.
And thank you on the history as well. It's always fun to learn something new!
Test Subject
#16 Old 27th Mar 2013 at 10:38 PM
this is amazing, being a pacific islander myself i must say its pretty damn good. loving the history as well. respect.
Funny too, i just got the game again today and i was looking for something like this, and this is the only one haha.
Test Subject
#17 Old 27th Mar 2013 at 10:41 PM
sorry that was supposed to be a thanks post lol
Test Subject
#18 Old 6th Apr 2013 at 11:27 PM
Hey these are very cool. One point (from a Kiwi), Maori are not "tribal Indians". Lol they might find that description a bit weird.
Test Subject
#19 Old 7th Apr 2013 at 9:59 AM
haha yeah i thought that was a bit weird aswell. but the effort was there lool
Test Subject
#20 Old 7th Apr 2013 at 10:14 PM
Very nice tattoos im very into the tribal style so thanks
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 12th Apr 2013 at 10:39 AM
Beautiful work !!!!
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#22 Old 24th May 2013 at 8:36 AM
Originally Posted by Murrealism
Hey these are very cool. One point (from a Kiwi), Maori are not "tribal Indians". Lol they might find that description a bit weird.

As another Kiwi, I agree that the "tribal Indians" description is inaccurate. The tattoos themselves look incredible, though! I will enjoy having these in my game, once I get my pc back up and running, that is.

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#23 Old 24th May 2013 at 12:16 PM Last edited by kiwi_tea : 24th May 2013 at 12:34 PM.
As a Kiwi of Maori descent I think you're taking the right-wing concept of cultural appropriation a little too seriously. Yes, some academics are incredibly racist and illiberal about how Maori culture (and other cultures) can be interpreted, and by who, but Maori are a robust and varied people and can be more casual and good humoured about tikanga than some of these academic dorks command. I wouldn't cater too readily to this authoritarian mindset about Maori culture that comes down from the rich iwi leadership and academics, no one set of people speak for all Maori.

Sure, it's weird to see a red moko, it's even wrong from a strictly traditional perspective, but some of us don't want to implement cultural blasphemy laws any more than we want to implement religious ones. (Edit: Also traditional moko isn't black anyway, it's a deep, dark green. Black moko are very modern).

Also, thanks! I love having these. I've been waiting for them a long, long time. What country does the scorpion come from? I know turtles and stingray well, (turtles don't appear in NZ art, too cold here) but I've never seen scorpions before. I'm just wondering where if there are lot in the Pacific somewhere, I never heard of them being out there before.
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 25th May 2013 at 3:08 AM
These are astonishing. I promise to use them respectfully. Thanks so much.
Rabid Recoloring Renegade
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#25 Old 27th May 2013 at 12:54 PM
These are awesome! I suspect we'll see these as winners. Fantastic work!
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