International award winning Maori tattooist Te Rangitu Netana is coming to the UK for the summer and will  be booking work whilst he is in  Colchester, Essex from 16th – 30th August.

Maori Ta Moko artist Te Rangitu Netana has been involved in the production and promotion of Ta Moko work within his own and other tribes for over 17 years, and has travelled extensively throughout the last few years. Born in Whangarei and raised in Kaikohe, he has now returned to the Far North to work amongst his own people. He is currently working on the formation of an Artist Collective to represent Tai Tokerau, and works from his home in Waipapa, Bay of Islands.

Te Rangitu has a distinctive style, recognised for its detail, flow, and fine lines. His artwork creates a relationship between the patterns as symbols of the wearer’s tupuna complementing the muscle structure of the body, and the wearer’s responsibility to be faithful to his tupuna in the way he holds himself within the protocols and day to day life of our people.

Te Rangitu uses alot of fine, intricate patterns. From a distance you appreciate the overall shape, but it isn’t until the wearer lets the person into his or her personal space, that you also meet the detail of the person within the intricate work. He tries to capture his vision of Ta Moko through symbolism that can be read; therefore teaching and retaining knowledge passed down.

Te Rangitu works within contemporary and traditional styles; however it is an ongoing struggle to define what is contemporary and what is traditional. He believes that to receive Ta Moko in this modern time is like folding time in half, invoking the past spirits and knowledge forward to the now, and being no longer separated from our tupuna by time.

A Facebook group called ‘I want a tattoo by Te Rangitu Netana’ has been created to take bookings  in advance of  his stay in Colchester.