Ta Moko Artists to attend London Tattoo Convention
Ta Moko Artists to attend the 4th International Tattoo Convention in London
Te Uhi a Mataora, the national collective of ta moko artists from Toi Maori Aotearoa, headed by renowned artists Derek Lardelli and Mark Kopua, are sending two members of the art form team to attend the 4th International Tattoo Convention in London, 26-28 September 2008.
Richard Francis of Te Arawa and Patrick Takoko from Ngati Porou have been selected to attend this convention.
Up to 200 world-class tattooists were selected from a pool of 1000 applicants worldwide. Most artists are from the USA and Europe.
Derek Lardelli commented: â€œTheir aim is to investigate new techniques, innovations and trends that are pertinent to our art form and present those findings back to a wider collective of the Ta Moko community for our benefit.â€
There has also been high interest in the demand for ta moko across Europe. This has presented an opportunity for Richard and Patrick to demonstrate their talents and work with the London community, in particular the Ngati Ranana network.
â€œIts awesome to make that connection with so many kiwis living in London and I guess they are wanting something that identifies them back to their homeland, Aotearoa. Ta moko is one way of linking them back,â€ said Patrick.
Richard Francis added: â€œIâ€™ll be revelling in the fact that we will be mixing with the best tattoo artists of the worldâ€¦ and yet we have moko that is distinctive from all other tattoos.â€
About Toi Maori Aotearoa
Toi Maori Aotearoa is the
national organisation for Maori art and artists and receives
major funding from Te Waka Toi, the Maori Arts Board of
About Te Uhi a Mataora
more information about Te Uhi a Mataora art form team,
please visit the Toi Maori
About the Artists
For more information about Richard
Francis, please visit his website: www.toiariki.co.nz
For more information about Patrick Takoko, please visit his website: http://tamoko175.bebo.com