Ta Moko studio and Maori Arts Gallery

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Does it hurt?

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Does it hurt?

This is usually the first question that people ask. The answer is yes. What you should really ask is, 'How much does it hurt, and will I be able to handle it?' Laughing

The pain may not be nearly as bad as you might imagine. The pain comes from the tiny needles piercing your skin very quickly. The sensation however, doesn't feel like the poking pain of an injection needle however, it's more of a constant vibration. You will be amazed at how quickly your body dulls the pain by releasing endorphins.

 The pain will also vary according to where on your body you get worked on. Skin right above bones (collarbone, anklebone, etc.) tend to be more painful than other areas. In addition, certain types of needles seem to hurt more than others. Needles used for outlining tend to produce a sharper, more noticeable pain, while the needles used for shading seem to be much more like an electrical buzz.

Remember, you are volunteering for the experience. The amount of pain will depend on your psychological attitude.

NOTE: Do not drink alcohol or take illegal drugs for pain relief purposes prior to your moko sessions. Both aspirin and alcohol thin your blood and promote excessive bleeding. Aspirin also decreases the clotting of blood, which will slow down your healing as well.

We will NOT work on anyone under the influence of Drugs or Alcohol!


Check out our selected videos that we've uploaded to YouTube. We have digitised a whole bunch of old VHS and uploaded them to share with the online community. We hope you enjoy them! www.youtube.com/TahaaNZ