Tā Moko (tattoo) artists from around the world display their different styles, skills and tools for all to see. Moko Village is a three-day convention of Tā Moko practitioners from Aotearoa, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and Europe.
There will also be a Tā Moko Body Suit competition run by Underground Arts in association with the Tattoo Museum. To win a prize, design a moko body suit on the templates provided. Underground Arts Director, Steven Maddock, Te Papa Pacific Collection Manager Pacific Cultures, Grace Hutton and Te Papa Events Producer Suzanne Tamaki will choose the winning designs and the suits will be displayed on Te Papa’s flickr site. First prize for over 18, is tattoo work to the value of $500 at Underground Arts. Second prize is tattoo work to the value of $300 at Underground Arts. For the under 18 category, there are three prize packages of a collectible tattoo book and calendar. All prizes kindly supplied by Underground Arts Tattoo Museum, 187 Vivian Street, Wellington http://www.tat2.co.nz/.
Films and talks about tā moko will be a part of Moko Village. Books on the subject will be on sale at the Te Papa store throughout the convention.