Modern Marquesan, Maori and Ana’ole calf piece

Posted: July 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
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This calf piece commemorates this person’s marriage and children.It is done in modern Marquesan, Maori and Ana’ole style. There are four distinct pakas, each one a singular representation of each child with the final paka being a combination or union of the two parents.
From left to right, the tattoo breakdown is as follows:
Outside of calf, from ankle upwards-
a) hope vehine- turtle shell, twin goddess analog: protection for entire piece
b) ani ata- sky/heavens: a place where angels dwell, line of ancestors
c) koru- fern head: life, breath, cycle of life
d) tiki of child: image of respective child, in this case Kahanuola, or breath of life. Both male tiki share identical facial features which are comprised of nutu kaha (mouth), nose (ihu), eyes (mata) and eyebrows (kape). Each face also contain hope vehine, and various koru both singularly and in pairs. The eyebrows contain the motif, unaunahi representing fish scales.
e) 3 niho mano- shark teeth: warrior spirit (in Fibonacci sequence)
f) ama kopeka- fire: the element in this child’s zodiac sign
g) po’o kohe/ka’ake/koru- I changed the base and top of the ka’ake to represent an etua (godling) stretching upwards. I then placed twin koru at its center to represent this child’s particular name, breath of life. The overall shape is that of po’o kohe, or bamboo shoot, the purpose of which is to drive away evil spirits.
h) koru- fern head: everlasting life.
Front of calf and knee-
a) twin koru- fern head: both koru split and form two separate offshoots while simultaneously uniting both inside and outside paka.
b) pahiko a tuivi- fish net: to catch sin
c) poi’i inset into pepehipu flanked by hope vehine: the central element of this paka represents the female child, her Hawaiian name, Hokulanimaimakanapoinaole, or heavenly star (more or less). The poi’i is a symbol meaning, the universe or ‘the great fish in the sky’. It also correlates to creation. The black field surrounding the circular poi’i is called, pepehipu and represents armor. On either side are hope vehine elements affording protection. The overall shape of the pepehipu is very roughly the shape of ama kopeka, or fire, representing this child’s zodiac element.
Inside of calf, from ankle upwards-
a) enana, male and female: this is the human representation of father and mother, the father being the larger of the two, the mother is standing on his arm. Both are propping up their children, or holding them up to heaven (ani ata directly above).
b) tiki is the same as the opposite side, differentiated only by the sub-motif placed above and to the right of the eye.
c) po’o kohe/hoku: like ‘g’ mentioned above, this motif is comprised of multiple elements. The shape is that of an etua inset with twin stars (twin anything is a good omen) that represent this child’s Hawaiian name, Makanamaikalani, or gift from heaven/ heavenly gift.
d) makani-wind: this is the element of this male child’s zodiac sign.
Backside of calf, from ankle upwards-
a) koru- twin convergin koru come together and create their children. Bottom koru represents the father, top represents mother and is also inset toward the top with hope vehine.
This is just one facet of this person’s story which will be further elaborated on in the form of a full sleeve that is in the process of being designed.
Aloha! R

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