If you are considering getting a tattoo Auckland is the city for you as it is a vibrant Polynesian city where the art and tradition of tattooing is still very alive. There are more than 40 studios in the greater Auckland area operating in a variety of styles so finding an artist to design the tattoo of your dreams should be easy.
The word tattoo is derived from the Polynesian "tatau" and was introduced in to the English language by sailors who also reintroduced the concept of tattooing into Europe. Tattooing had been widely practiced in Europe in pre-Christian times by the Picts, Celts and various European tribes. Julius Caesar described the extensive blue tattoos, or perhaps scarification, displayed by the Picts in his account of the Gallic Wars in 54 BC. The greatest influence on tattooing today comes from Polynesia. Traditional facial tattoos, moko, are still worn by many New Zealand Maori. It is very common to see people in New Zealand who tattooed in traditional Maori styles as well as a wide range of decorative designs. There is not the same level of stigma attached to tattoos in New Zealand as in other Western Countries.7QDJ34ZBYBP9