M O K O I S D E A D - TEE
MOKO IS DEAD dead print
When a German backpacker can get tamoko tattooed in Thailand by a English tattoo artist - it makes you think if our beautiful maori designs have been replicated and bastardise so far that it's meaning and cultural relevance has been #killed ?
The Kill Kiwiana limited tees looks at the over saturation of kiwiana throughout Aotearoa, and across the world.
Although we as a nation are proud of all things kiwiana as it is a part of our rich history and heritage, one must ask if the mass production of this iconic imagery has in some way watered down and weakened our culture.
Have we replicated and bastardized these images too far and in some way – “KILLED KIWIANA”? Or is this the only way forward for this type of art to evolve and also to create possible new icons?
These are some of the questions I hope to pose through these different pieces. What do you think? Your opinions need to be shared and discussed and of course respected.