Tattoos: From Maori to America


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Through wasting time on the Last Sparrow Tattoo forums, I found this really cool podcast on the Maori tribe’s tattooing which I think you’ll all like. The podcast, which is from WBUR, a news station in Boston USA, talks mostly to those who are a part of the Maori tribe and those who are extremely knowledgeable on the subject, so it’s worth a listen.

I’ll admit now, when I first started to listen to this, I didn’t expect much- the guy who hosts this starts talking about how tattoos “aren’t just for sailors anymore”, and the meanings behind tattoos, but it’s short lived so you can get to the good stuff. There’s a lot in this, going from the meanings behind the Maori tattoos and even the specific way these tattoos are achieved (Ta Moko- where the tattoos are carved into the skin instead of done with the electric machine a lot of you will be more familiar with).

I don’t want to go too far into this in case I give away too much, and you’re left thinking, “why bother to listen?”, so I’ll just give you the facts: the podcast can be heard here. If you’d like to download it to listen to later, you can right click this text and click on “save link as…”. That link is taken from the WBUR website so I can’t promise it will always work, I’m afraid.

Anyway, it’s 45 minutes long, it’s free, and it seems like a decent way to waste some time. Oh, but if you’re on a laptop, you may want to plug in some external speakers, for some parts of this have slightly dodgy sound levels.

Thanks to LST user cgfsteak for the heads up!

4 Responses to “Tattoos: From Maori to America”
  1. cfgsteak says:

    I thought this was a pretty cool podcast, thanks for passing it on to a wider audience Mel!


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