Translated from Māori language Kirituhi means ‘marking the skin’. It is a contemporary tattoo art form based on Tā Moko. This tattoo artform is very unique from the perspective of creation, the tattoo tells a story of the wearer and also a story of the tattoo process itself.
Mostly the design is created by the artists spontaneously and based on the story of the wearer. There are certain symbols and elements that have a set meaning from the Māori culture which can be introduced too.
At our studio Kirituhi is performed in freehand form. After initial consultation between artist and client, the desired meaning is established. At the day of the tattoo appointment artist draws the design on the skin while client still can collaborate on the design. After the final sketch has been agreed upon the design is tattooed.