EPISODE 3 – India
Written and directed by Randy Kelly
Mo Naga is a traditional tattoo artist from Manipur, in the lush North East Region of India on the Myanmar border. While studying fashion design in his early 20s, Mo Naga stumbled across some interesting Naga textile designs and quickly realized their cultural importance. He gradually started researching, archiving and preserving them. His creativity and love for tattoos led him to create a neo-Naga style of design. Mo Naga now works diligently from his New Delhi tattoo studio reviving the traditional Naga tattoo culture of his people and the whole North East Region of India.
After developing an interest in ancestral Naga patterns and symbols while studying fashion design, Mo Naga decided to spend more time researching their meaning. Today, as a traditional tattoo artist based in New Delhi, India, he helps preserve and revive part of his culture by tattooing these ancient designs on his fellow Naga people and sharing his Neo-Naga creations with foreigners.