Maori tattoo design inspired by the Haka

Maori tattoo design inspired by the Haka

This tattoo design was inspired by watch the Haka. I was watching this video of a Flash mob Haka in Queen street Auckland link to video here. It was very inspiring and got me interesting in what the haka was saying. although this Haka is not the Ka mate Ka mate  Haka that we see most of the time I looked up what the words for the haka meant. I found the translation for the Ka mate Ka mate  Haka.

This is quoting Wikipedia link to full article here

Ka mate, ka mate           ‘I die, I die,
Ka ora’ Ka ora’                 ‘I live, ‘I live,
Ka mate, ka mate           ‘I die, ‘I die
Ka ora Ka ora ”                ‘I live, ‘I live,
Tēnei te tangata pūhuruhuru      This is the hairy man
Nāna i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā     …Who caused the sun to shine again for me
A Upane! Ka Upane!                                       Up the ladder, Up the ladder
Upane Kaupane”                Up to the top
Whiti te rā,!                              The sun shines!
Hī!                          Rise!

end of Quote.

Most other translations I found for the Ka mate, ka mate  section say ” it is death” instead   “I die”

But I digress, So here is the design that I came up with for a tattoo inspired by the Haka. I wanted to try and capture the feeling of the downward force of the stomping and also not miss the upward energy as well. I have done a couple of versions of the design and also the outline for making a stencil from if you want to take to it your local tattooist to get tattooed on you.

 Haka inspired tattoo designs.

New Zealand Maori Haka inspired tattoo
New Zealand Maori Haka inspired tattoo

This is my New Zealand Maori Haka inspired tattoo with shading to give it a bit of depth.

maori tattoo haka
Maori tattoo Haka

 This version of the Haka inspired tattoo design is my way of looking at the first couple of lines of the Ka mate, ka mate Haka the this is life this is death buy swapping the black and the white around and having the design on a black background. I think it would look quite striking as a tattoo maybe make the white lines a little bolder if you were just going to leave them skin colour, but if you actually tattoo them as white it would look stunning. Note this would also look good with black light ink as the white.

Maori Haka design
Maori Haka design

Here is the outline or stencil version in case you want to recolour it different or so you can take this image to your local tattooist and get them to make a stencil of this design for you.

Also here are some of my other Maori designs and New Zealand related pictures.

Maori Font
Maori Font
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Maori Face design
The Sun
Maori Scorpion
Maori Scorpion
Maori Koru designs
Koru Designs
Maori taniwha
Taniwha Dragon Design
Maori face tattoo silver fern eyes
Silver fern eyes
Maori tattoo flash
The Moon
Maori forearm Sleeve tattoo
Maori Pattern sleeve
Maori tiki
Ying yang koru design
Yin Yang koru
maori tribal arm tattoo design
Maori Sleeve
Silverfern heart tattoo design
Silverfern Heart
Silverfern koru tattoo patterns
Silver Fern Koru
Silver fern New Zealand Map
NZ map Silver fern
Silverfern sharp leaves tattoo
Silver fern Sharp leaves
Barbed wire silver fern design
Silver Fern
Silverfern striaght leaves
Silver Fern straight leaves
Silver fern tribal design
Tribal Fern

All images unless otherwise noted are copyright to Scott Bensemann. Please email me for permission to use these images for anything other than your own personal tattoos.
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