Shoulder maori tattoo with face on man's arm
Man’s maori tat with face
Maori-style tattoo inked as a half-sleeve tat on a man’s arm and shoulder, with a face and a tribal design.
Shoulder maori tattoo with face on man’s arm
The Maori tattoo on this man’s arm is interesting and unique, designed in such a way that it looks like a face with a wrap around it. The arm tattoo features solid dark lines and a symmetrical triangle pattern, typical of the Maori tattoo design. The eyes in the face are closed and have a bit of shadowing, while the geometrical images give the tattoo a tribal feel.
Among the Maori people of New Zealand, Maori tattoos denoted social standing or status, and the tats were inked during various ceremonies and rituals. Maori tats weren’t just inked for aesthetic appeal though; the ink marked a person’s transition from childhood into adulthood, and was often worn by Maori warriors.