There are always a number of questions that people are wanting to know when making a decision to get their design started. It is important that we make the communication process as smooth as possible to save time and to make your experience a good one.
Therefore, it is important you read
the Questions & Answers below so you understand clearly what
is involved in the process before selecting the CONTACT button to
make your enquiry.
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Do you do the tattoo work?
We are a full on design house specializing in Maori tribal design only.
Do you create other tattoo art styles?
Strictly Maori Tribal and Pacific design only.
What if I don't like my design?
You have the choice to make certain changes to your design this is included in the price. We have a 98% customer satisfaction based upon our customers seeing their design for the first time.
Can I see other clients work ?
Please do not be offended if we say no to allowing you to view our clients designs. As a rule we protect their copy and privacy rights as well as yours, which means we will not give away share or distribute information including the showing of designs to others with out permission.
Can I see my design before I make payment?
Strictly payment up front before start of project.
When do I contact my tattoo artist?
It is advisable to contact your tattoo artist as soon as you have
the art work. There maybe some changes and certain tweaks you
would like to have done to your design.
Do I get to see versions of draft designs or is what I get the final product?
You are more than welcome to ask for as many versions as you like. How ever at $65USD per hour it can be costly to you. You are priced for the one art work which also includes tweaks and changes.
In this case when it comes to a tattoo design you are given a work of art based on The cost includes changes and tweaks only.
How do I get my design?
You will receive in your email a link to where you can download your design. You will find your art files in what is called a zip file. This allows us to send many files at once on a secure system. Your files are checked for any viruses.
As a security measure this link stays active for 14 days. Please do not give this link out to any one. After downloading simply select the zip file and extract or copy the art files to any where on your computer.
Make sure you remember where you put your files. You can then print your art files out enlarge or reduce to any size to take to your tattoo Artist.
What is the line drawing used for?
The line drawing is simply the outline of the design and is used for coloring in or to draw the lines on the skin for tattooing.
What do I do with the design and the line drawing?
If you want to use the design for a tattoo, simply print out the design and line drawing on an A4 size sheet of paper.
The designs you received are made so that you can enlarge them to at least 4 times their actual size with out loosing too much quality.
If you do not have basic desk top publishing skills or the equipment to enlarge or size your design from home using a computer software and printer there are various ways you can do this.
Your nearest photocopy service provider can take images directly from a floppy disk or CD then print and size your design to fit.
Some tattoo artists can do this for you. All they will need is the sample colored design and most importantly the line drawing.
Why should I come to you?
- We are the first and the best design house offering an online service specializing in Maori tribal tattoo and design .
- Genuine and authentic design work all the way from Aotearoa, New Zealand, the birth place of Maori arts and Ta Moko.
- Over 20 years experience.
- We really do know our stuff.
- You will receive a design that is culturally sensitive and safe to wear with a real meaning, not a tourist version.
- A professional service second to none.
- Personal consultation.
Can I make changes to my design?
Some designs for tattooing may require certain adjustments for size and fit. You and your tattoo artist have full creative licenses to make these changes.
Can I use my design as a logo?
You can only use your design for personal use only unless paying for a Logo design.
Can I use my design to print thousands of T-Shirts?
Again you can only use the design for personal use only.
Can I sell copies of my design?
NO. They are not for re-sale.
I want a design of my own, do you offer this service?
Yes. Simply fill out the online design requirement form.
Is it ok for a foreigner to get a Maori design or tattoo?
There is no reason why you should not get a tattoo design as long as the design and your use of the design meets with proper use of cultural appropriateness and sensitivity which is what we are experts in.
Can I get my money back if I am not happy with the
design and what will happen to the artwork?
Yes you are given a money back guarantee if you are not happy
with your design and includes making changes and tweaks. This
guarantee will expire how ever after 3 months of receiving your
product. It is then up to us should we want to enter into further
negotiation as we see fit.
We reserve the right to re-sell your design as a down loadable design at our discretion to make up for the loss.
What is the difference between Kirituhi and Ta Moko?
Ta Moko was an ancient practice which referred to a process of using a tool called the uhi to chisel out the skin in order to produce deep grooves.
Kirituhi is a new word and means drawing on skin. Nowadays both terms are used. However, Maori continue to use the term Ta Moko; a definition that embellishes cultural values and reference to whakapapa, genealogy or lines of descent.
Alternative perspectives view artwork purely from a design point of view and apply it to a number of different surfaces.
How will I know it is a customized design?
We maintain that every design is unique and customized to your needs. If for any reason you doubt the integrity of our service, we recommend that you go elsewhere.
How do you go about creating my tattoo design?
You provide us with information about yourself, your goals, dreams and aspirations. This is the basis of your design. Often clients already have an idea or concept that they would like incorporated in to their design.
Some people will even send us images of them selves showing exactly the area where they would like their design to be placed or images of the type of designs they have seen on the internet to give us a better idea of what they are looking for. Any thing you send us will help.
Once we have this information we give you a quote based on the estimated time it will take to prepare, design and complete the art work for you. Payment is made up front and then the project begins.
How do you draw a half sleeve tattoo without looking at the size of the arm?
Firstly, the main design is completed based on where it is going to be placed. Certain adjustments may need to be made to allow for length, width, dimension, color, shading etc but this is not a major issue since the main design is already complete.
A skilled tattoo artist simply copies the design onto your arm and adjusts it accordingly. The design you receive is formatted into what is termed Flash Art. The tattoo artist photocopies the flash art onto thermo paper then applies this paper to skin.
Thermo paper is transparent and stretchable. Then they draw over the lines of the design. This allows the tattoo artist to work on your design the next day. It can be stretched, widened and even reduced in size by up to 15% without altering the general flow of the design.
I already have a tattoo. I want to add to it. Do you offer this service?
Yes. Simply send good quality digital images. Your tattoo design will be carefully looked at and a response sent to you to determine whether it can be done.
What will I receive?
Having your very own customized tattoo designed to your specifications gives you an incredible amount of independence and control over who you can choose to apply your tattoo design.
Every effort is made to insure your tattoo provider is given the correct information such as the appropriate images to help with applying your design.
While we maintain what you receive is more than sufficient not all tattoo artists are created equal. Methods may differ how ever because you have the design you have the power to go to any tattoo artist you like.
Our turn around time is 7-14 days Note this is subject to general workload volumes. If any case you will be contacted if it will take longer.
As soon as payment is confirmed you will receive a tentative date for when you should expect to receive your art files.
Money Back Guarantee
If you are not happy with your design you are eligible for a 100% money back guarantee. How ever most clients are happy to have changes made to their design.
What do you charge?
Standard prices are located on the price section of this website. How ever each design is looked at individually from a project to project basis. Payment is made up front before start of a project.
Do you offer discounts ?
Discounts are already included on the price for www.maori-arts.com members. How ever larger discounts are available for clients if they purchase bulk designs or at the decision of Artist.
How do I pay?
We have three methods of payment:
Payment option One Credit Card
You will receive an email from PayPal giving you instructions of how to go about making payments online with a credit card.
Payment option Two Money Transfer
You will receive an email on how to go about making payment through Western Union Bank.
Payment option Three NZ Bank account
New Zealand Bank account (for NZ residents only)
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