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Tattoo of Moko

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by GiErre »
2011, Jan 23rd
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DESCRIPTION AND MEANING:

Moko is the name given to the gecko, representing the main element with the sun in this design requested by Massimo.

Inside the sun (eternity, positivity, joy) we placed a turtle (family) with tikis being the front flippers (protection, fertility) protecting the family from all directions, whilst the back flippers are made of seashells (love, safe shelter).

The turtle shell encloses a spiral, a symbol of eternity associated to the sun, with maorigrams of the letters S, M and A, headletters of the names of Massimo´s wife and children.

Waves forming the tail represent continuity through change; the gecko symbolizes health and communication to the ancestors; its legs are shaped by fish hooks for prosperity and wealth.

The head of the gecko includes a bird (freedom, watching the world from a higher perspective) and the hammerhead shark motif, symbolizing tenacity and determination.

Shark teeth inside the sun symbolize adaptability and strength.

A curiosity: the name "Ta moko", given to Maori facial tattooing, can be translated as "signature".

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