Frequently asked questions

What is your booking process?

Once clients make an initial enquiry, you will receive more detailed information about the process of Ta Moko. You will then be asked to fill in a questionnaire which will inform the design process. Te Rangitu prefers to have an initial consultation in person, by phone, or by video call with all clients. Once the questionnaire and consultation are complete, an estimated price is agreed upon and the client attends a session. Final adjustments to the design are made at the beginning of the Ta Moko session and work begins only once the client is happy with the final design.

Do I need to pay a booking fee?

Yes, the online booking system requires clients to pay a deposit using a secure online payment system in order to guarantee your appointment. This is non-refundable, but you can change your appointment online easily if you need to.

When is the studio open?

This varies week by week depending on availability but usually Monday - Friday and alternate Saturdays. Once clients have been sent a booking link it is easy to see Te Rangitu’s availability. Usually he will see only one person per day, to make sure each client gets the space and time they deserve.

I cannot come to Buckinghamshire or the UK, do you work in other countries?

From 2020 the Te Rangitu Netana Ta Moko Studio has been based in Winslow, Buckinghamshire which is 1 hour by train from Euston Station in London and one hour by car from London Luton Airport. Many clients travel from other countries and the studio offers to support the process of travel bookings, journey planning and accommodation. Te Rangitu travels in the UK and internationally on a regular basis, and offers Ta Moko locally on may of his trips. The studio has a large database of clients across the globe so please get in touch and let us know where you are based and we will contact you if we are in your country or area.

How much does a Ta Moko Tattoo cost?

When deciding on the price point for a tattoo, many factors are taken into account. Generally the price depends not only on the size of the area to be tattooed, but also on the level of the consultation required, the number of hours the work will take and the complexity of the design.

Clients’ average spend is about £500 per tattoo.
If you have a budget in mind, this can also be taken into consideration.

Te Rangitu Netana’s fees are:
£50 an hour for consultancy and design development
£120 an hour for Ta Moko/tattooing work

Traditional Tools or Machine?

The use of traditional tools requires more time, an assistant and a particular commitment to the cultural context of Ta Moko. Te Rangitu is happy to discuss this with those who are interested but he finds that the tattoo machine is his preferable medium for new clients. The use of traditional tools demands more responsibility from both the client and the artist and usually requires the build-up of a trusting relationship between them.

What is the recommended aftercare for my tattoo?

It is important to take good care of your tattoo in the days and weeks after receiving it. As soon as you can after your Ta Moko take a hot shower. This will help cauterise the area. After that, let it dry out, preferably overnight, and then apply a healing cream sparingly after a second shower while your skin is still warm. For the following 7 days, apply cream after your morning shower and shower again in the evening without applying cream. Apply sparingly whenever the skin feels tight, and wipe off any excess. Make sure you wash your hands before and after applying the cream and always make sure the cream is fully absorbed.

We recommend a cream called Bepanthen (readily available in pharmacies), however, some natural creams are acceptable too. It is best to avoid creams containing antiseptic or lanolin.

Wearing natural fibre/cotton clothing and exposing the tattoo to fresh air aids the healing process, however, avoid exposing the tattoo to sunlight. It’s also best to avoid swimming, contact sports and scratching, as these increase the possibility of infection. After a week to 10 days, your tattoo should be fully healed.

Is it ok for Eurpoeans to get tattooed with Maori designs?

This is not a simple question to answer, in short - yes. It is acceptable for Europeans or non Maori's to wear Maori designs as long as the person tattooing is of Maori descent, and therefore understands what patterns are appropriate and is able to educate and guide the wearer properly.

Te Rangitu only works from the protocols and traditions of his own tribal areas. Even in a traditional sense, not every Maori knows about the subject of Ta Moko. There were, and still are, many professional people within our culture who make a lifetime commitment to these traditions, and carry the responsibilities of their people with that. To us, they are our living taonga (treasures).

A word of warning: There are unfortunately many people around the world selling Ta Moko Tattoo services who are not qualified or genuine. Many designs get incorrectly appropriated and misused. This distills and disrespects the ancient history and tradition of the art and spiritual practice of Ta Moko and we recommend to anyone interested in Ta Moko work to be wise and choose their tattoo artist very carefully.

The benefits of educating non-Maori about Ta Moko is that the practice helps people from outside our culture to understand who we are as people. It is also important for us to learn about western culture and form new connections - knowledge should be shared. For far too long, some societies have perpetuated lies and have not spoken the truth of our people in the Polynesian cultures. What we have culturally and what we contribute to the understanding of our existence through our beliefs is huge.

“There are a lot of issues that sit within today’s society that I think the application of Ta Moko can help with. People have to learn to be proud of where they are from, and I find I can help people find out more about themselves and their own personal origins and beliefs through this work.” Te Rangitu Netana

Can I pay for design only?

Due to previous issues with the appropriation of my designs, I no longer send designs to customers. Designs are personal to the customer and copyright is owned by me. Initially designs are drawn up and then revised/adjusted until the client is happy to go ahead at the beginning of the Ta Moko session.

How do I pay for my tattoo?

Payments can be made in cash or by card at the studio once the work is complete.

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