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A Māori Chief with tattoos (moko) seen by Cook and his crew.

A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.


  • Scarifying and tattooing are going out of fashion. Many of the young men once so proud of their “ichi” marks, would gladly be relieved of [their marks]. What is a matter of pride, when among his own clansmen, becomes a reproach, because of the ridicule and contempt which is meted out to him in other parts of the country.
    • G.T. Basden (2013). Among the Ibos of Nigeria: 1912. p. 333
  • You must not make cuts in your flesh for a dead person, and you must not make tattoo markings on yourselves. I am Jehovah.

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