New Zealand Tattoo: In the home of the tattooist’s art
Authors: Chris Hoult & Steve Forbes
Specs: 330 x 250 mm portrait, HB, 176 pp colour
Published: October 2012
We have tattooing in the blood in New Zealand, and styles worn with pride here in Aotearoa are appreciated worldwide
by admirers of beautiful design. And in the early 2010s, tattooing is going through a renaissance. Chris Hoult
immersed himself in the Kiwi tattoo scene from 2011 and 2012, and brought writer-musician Steve Forbes along for the
ride. What they record in New Zealand Tattoo is the view from the studios of New Zealand now, with profiles of leading
tattooists including Merv O’Connor, Gordon Hatfield, Monique Mataga, Jason Parkinson and Te Rangitu Netana.
Combining stunning photography and snappy text, New Zealand Tattoo is a celebration of tattooing here in its
three rich traditions: Ta Moko (Maori tattoo), Tatau (Pacific Islands tattoo) and Tattoo (European and Asian forms).