Ko Ngapuhi te iwi
Ko Ngati Whatua raua ko Ngati Hine nga hapu
Ko Waiomio te maunga
Te Pounga raua ko Nga Puhi nga marae o turangawaewae
Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua to waka tapu
No Whangarei ahau
Ko Chris Ashby taku ingoa.
The above mentions where in N.Z I was born and raised, it how ever doesn't say where I learnt my ability to design traditionally styled Maori tattoos or Ta Moko, I had to travel 6hrs south of my home region to study under a master carver of all mediums to learn and develop as a young "artist" in all facets of Te Ao Maori or the realm of Maoridom.
An honor to work and be taught by one of the best Rangatira "tutor" in N.Z was one of the most testing and rewarding experiences in my artistic career to date.
Other influences in my life are definitely my family and the environment, love anything to do with the ocean as it has great effect on my designing.
All work is custom according to whakapapa or ones own story whether it be family oriented or interests of the individual.
Kia Ora koutou katoa!
SpecialtyTraditional Ta Moko and ethnology, Black and grey, Colour
InfluencesBrothers Ink, Rangi Kipa, Laurie Nicholls, Gordon Hatfield, my Dad.
Originally FromNew Zealand
Experience3 years experience, Australia tattooing
2 years experience, New Zealand designing tattooing
4 years experience, New Zealand designing carving wood, stone, bone other.