Derek Lardelli is a world renowned expert on ta moko, which is what the Maoris of New Zealand call their ancient art of tattooing.
Hes noticed more people than ever are getting tribal symbols placed on their body without being aware of their cultural significance.
Many tattoo symbols are based on genealogy and shouldnt be placed on just anyone, especially because there are separate symbols and designs for men and women.
Thats why he says tattoos arent something that should be done spontaneously.
Lardelli says a good tattoo requires a consultation session and suggests using an artist who is able to explain the intimate history behind the designs and their genealogical connection to you.
Lardelli and other Maori tattoo artists will help Americans get an inkling of tattoo knowledge starting Aug. 4 when they appear at a 10-day exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
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