EPISODE 8 – New Zealand
Written and directed by Angie-Pepper O'Bomsawin
Pip Hartley is on a mission to infuse Auckland’s city core with as much Māori culture as possible. From her Karanaga Ink studio, she practices traditional and contemporary Māori tattooing, tā moko. Although her approach is always guided in Māori style, it is a dance between artist and receiver in telling a story that will become permanent. Pip embraces the power of artistic expression to inspire and educate. Karanaga Ink has become one of Auckland’s most respected Māori businesses in a very influential part of New Zealand. Pip takes every opportunity to educate, include and invite the modern world to step into Māori culture and gain a better first-hand understanding of her people.
Pip Hartley’s devotion to tā moko is evident in her work. She has an innate ability to translate stories and flow with the contours of the body using both traditional and contemporary tools. Pip is the mastermind behind Indigenous tattoo studio Karanga Ink in Auckland. The studio is a beautiful and warm space for artists to showcase their work while celebrating Māori and Pacific Indigenous tattoos. Sharing knowledge of ancient symbology through contemporary Indigenous markings is one of the ways Pip serves her community and empowers the next generation of artists to carry the art form forward while respecting its roots.