25 Popular Maori Tribal Tattoos

maori tribal tattoo

Maori tribes from New Zealand admire with their culture and traditions. Through the centuries and rapid development of technologies and life Maori tribes never betrayed their traditions and every new generation is loyal to tribe. Maori tribal tattooing or so called Moko made the traditions of New Zealand tribes popular worldwide. The unique body art is the most popular type in Polynesian islands that is an important part of culture of the tribes.

maori tribal tattoo

Just like any other tribal tattoo every Maori tattoo symbol carries meaning and reading Maori tattoo once could help to learn about the tribe and members of tribes. Symbols of Moko can be inked separately or combined for more complex meaning.

Koru symbol in Maori tattoo means life, harmony, peace and growth. Hei matau looks like a fish hook and symbolizes strength good luck, fertility and journey. Hei tiki is the symbol of a human. According to legend Tiki was the first man that was mortal. The symbol represents protection and good luck.

Originally only those who belonged to Maori tribes could get Ta moko. Today tribal tattoo is popular worldwide and everyone can get Maori symbols. Still, to make your tattoo more symbolic at least you need to learn the story of tribal tattoo and find out what the symbols mean.

Maori tattoos are bold and eye catching. They may cover the whole back from neck to lower back, sleeves and shoulder, rib and foot. Traditional Maori tattoo is inked on face as well that was the sign of leadership in tribe.

maori tribal tattoo

maori tribal tattoo on back

maori tribal tattoo on foot

maori tribal tattoo on shoulder

maori tribal tattoo on shoulder

maori tribal tattoo on foot

maori tribal tattoo on shoulder

maori tribal tattoo on sleeve

maori tribal tattoo on shoulder

maori tribal tattoo on shoulder

maori tribal tattoo on back

maori tribal tattoo on arm

maori tribal tattoo on shoulder

maori tribal tattoo on hand

maori tribal tattoo on arm