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28 Tribal Māori Tā Moko Tattoos

by cyclo_tripz Posted 19th Mar 2013 at 11:09 PM - Updated 13th Jun 2013 at 1:51 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.
History
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
Wikipedia
Google

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Maori Ta Moko by cyclo_tripz.rar | Includes all 28 Maori Tattoos

Size: 4.82 MB · Downloads: 81,177 · 19th Mar 2013
4.82 MB 81,177 19th Mar 2013
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#26 Old 27th May 2013 at 1:54 PM
These are awesome! I suspect we'll see these as winners. Fantastic work!
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#27 Old 2nd Jun 2013 at 12:46 AM
Thank you! I have been thinking about making some Samoan-style tattoos for my Niua Simoan sims, but I haven't gotten around to it yet (and who knows if I ever will), so it is nice to have these available.
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#28 Old 3rd Jun 2013 at 1:42 AM
Kia ora, nice to see Ta Moko in game, both as a a kiwi and because they are becoming one of the most popular tattoo's to get around the world, great job...
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#29 Old 9th Jun 2013 at 8:50 AM
i don't know which folder should i put the file :/ please,help
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#30 Old 10th Jun 2013 at 6:18 AM
Oh my, these are beautiful.:O
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#31 Old 12th Jun 2013 at 2:26 AM
How dare you call the Maori "tribal Indians"?

That is grossly offensive. The Maori are nothing like the Indians of America. Bah! I hope no whānau see that because that is entirely inaccurate and downright rude.

I encourage you to educate yourself about Maori culture before talking about it. Please change that description with all due haste.
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#32 Old 12th Jun 2013 at 10:17 AM
I love these tattoos and would like to have some of these in my real life. Amazing work!
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#33 Old 13th Jun 2013 at 1:53 AM
I changed the terminology. Sorry about that, I just came back from a long hiatus. Please refrain from setting me on fire.

http://www.modthesims.info/wiki.php...Setup_and_Files

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#34 Old 27th Jun 2013 at 2:31 AM
beautiful!
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#35 Old 27th Jun 2013 at 5:01 PM
Been looking for some more nice tats - Thanks! And congrats on the feature!
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#36 Old 27th Jun 2013 at 9:36 PM
Nice job thanks!!
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#37 Old 2nd Jul 2013 at 10:56 PM
Which folder do i put the file into?? someone please help me im LOST _-_
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#38 Old 6th Jul 2013 at 3:08 PM
Great work! Looks awesome!
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#39 Old 12th Jul 2013 at 4:22 AM
When I read the title of this mod, I was worried it was more cultural appropriation. I'm glad to see that this mod was created by someone that's both informed and respectful. And thanks for the great content!
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#40 Old 23rd Jul 2013 at 8:46 AM
These are awesome, if only you made some for sims 2
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#41 Old 30th Jul 2013 at 2:09 PM
Excellent tattoos! Need them for the cooler Sims :p
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#42 Old 30th Jul 2013 at 7:26 PM
I really like this one. keep up the good work. it's going to look great on my guy sim
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#43 Old 19th Aug 2013 at 8:55 AM
I am from New Zealand, and I think you have done a great job of these. They would make any Maori person be proud of your work, I'm a pakeha but I am very impressed
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#44 Old 15th Sep 2013 at 10:21 PM
neat stuff
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#45 Old 8th Oct 2013 at 7:47 PM Last edited by kronos9116 : 8th Oct 2013 at 8:12 PM.
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Originally Posted by Dweedle_Dude
How dare you call the Maori "tribal Indians"?

That is grossly offensive. The Maori are nothing like the Indians of America. Bah! I hope no whānau see that because that is entirely inaccurate and downright rude.

I encourage you to educate yourself about Maori culture before talking about it. Please change that description with all due haste.


Good god man they made a mistake, It happens get over it! Unless you are Maori you have no right to get that indignant! How ever if you want to be a total butt monkey hows this? I am Lakota Sioux and we take offense to you calling us Indians not a one of us are from India! I encourage you to educate yourself about Native American culture before talking about it.
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#46 Old 7th Nov 2013 at 8:50 PM
I downloaded this exclusively for the Scorpion tattoo but they are all beautiful, thank you :)
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#47 Old 27th Dec 2013 at 8:27 PM
Awesome
Thanks for these cool tattos!
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#48 Old 11th Jan 2014 at 7:04 AM
Being a New Zealand Maori tattoo artist myself, I can identify with only a few of these designs being traditional Maori tattoos, some NOT at all (we don't do scorpions because they aren't native to NZ) because they're mostly Pacific/foreign tribal tattoos, but this is still cool!! It's about time I'm able to add a Ta Moko to my Sim now. lol. If you are from NZ, kia pai to mahi!!
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#49 Old 11th Jan 2014 at 7:52 AM
Default CORRECTION!! Only 5 Traditional & 7 Modern Ta Moko (16 designs are NOT from NZ)
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Originally Posted by missownz
Being a New Zealand Maori tattoo artist myself, I can identify with only a few of these designs being traditional Maori tattoos, some NOT at all (we don't do scorpions because they aren't native to NZ) because they're mostly Pacific/foreign tribal tattoos, but this is still cool!! It's about time I'm able to add a Ta Moko to my Sim now. lol. If you are from NZ, kia pai to mahi!!


After looking at the pics, I realised that there are only 5 traditional and 7 modern Ta Moko designs shown and therefore, falsely misleading people in to believing that they are all from NZ. Although I admire your work. Please quit with the false representation! With reference to pictures 1-7, 16 designs are NOT Ta Moko from New Zealand. See below:

NOT TA MOKO FROM NZ (16 designs)
Tribal
Complex Turtles
Supernatural Taniwha
Dolphin Turtle Stingray
Bird
Sun God
Polynesian Tribals
Scorpion
Turtle
Sun Tribal
Stingray
Coffin (Death is sacred/taboo to Maori! We don't pictorialise it, let alone tattoo it on someone's body.)
Facial - Two (Asian tattoo)
Kauwae - 1,2&3 (Asian tattoos)

TRADITIONAL TA MOKO (5 designs)
Full Design
Tomb
Waves (usually for chest/arms only)
Facial - 1 only
Kauwae - 4 only

MODERN TA MOKO (7 designs)
Sun Icon
Modern
Samoan Mix 1&2 (with Samoan/Maori bloodlines)
Polynesian Mix (with Poly/Maori bloodlines)
Warrior
Facial - 3 only
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