Tim Hunt's Pacific Tattoo Video
The Needles & Sins family sends wishes to our Kiwi friends affected by yesterday's earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. Disasters like these remind us to be grateful for the love and beauty in our lives.
To focus on the positive, we're posting this video above of Tim Hunt of Pacific Tattoo in Paekakariki (a small beach town about half an hour's drive out of Wellington). Tim's client Jack Elder sent us the link after spending the day getting tattooed. Jack best sums it up: "The video showcases some of Tim's work while discussing his attitude to tattooing -- a contemporary variant on traditional pacific designs, while remaining respectful of the living Polynesian tattoo traditions."
Indeed, Tim makes it clear in the video that he does not do traditional tattoos. "Proper Moko work should be done by a Moko artist," he explains. Viewing Tim's portfolio online, you'll see influences from different Polynesian tattooing, melded in a way that is unique and does not copy ancestral tattooing like Ta Moko.
The video, by Livlin Productions, not only shows Tim's tattooing but some beautiful shots of Paekakariki -- images that stand in sharp contrast to the devastating photos in the news now. Located on the North Island, the town was not hit by the quake; there are, however, plenty of those in the tattoo community in the South Island who have been affected.
To help in the earthquake relief efforts, you can donate to New Zealand Red Cross.