So, before Varuna hits I think it's important to have a conversation about the cultural significance of Tā Moko to Māori culture, and highlight how what we might do, called Kirituhi, is different from Tā Moko. If you want to do some reading in detail I suggest the following: https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/discover-collections/read-watch-play/maori/ta-moko-maori-tattoos-history http://www.zealandtattoo.co.nz/tattoo-styles/maori-tattoo/ https://teara.govt.nz/en/ta-moko-maori-tattooing Let's start by examining the difference between the full facial Moko which is worn by Māori men, and the chin Moko which is worn by Māori women: This is cartooney, obviously, but serves the point well. Here is a selection of "chin Moko" for women, real patterns which are used and could be emulated. While the following is a good outline for a full facial Moko: And in terms of the shoulder and arm: So, here's the thing. These kinds of tatoo designs are culturally significant for Māori, and if you are going to use them then you should do so conscious of that cultural significance and with some respect for it. This shouldn't discourage anyone, I don't know of any Māori community who don't welcome respectful engagement with their cultural heritage. I'm sure they would love to see reflections of their heritage projected into the future. http://www.tarynberi.com/blog/2015/4/10/the-difference-between-kirituhi-and-moko A moko can only be done by a Māori for a Māori. No respected Tā Moko artist (called Tohunga Tā Moko) would do one on a non-Māori, since it is strictly reserved for people with Māori whakapapa (genealogy). Māori-style tattoos, on the other hand, are considered a different art form and are referred to as Kirituhi. These can also be done by non-Māori artists for non-Māori wearers, and many Māori artists are happy to share their art this way in a respectful manner. Part of this would be to get a little more understanding of the meaning behind the designs: http://www.tuarangi.com/meaning-of-maori-symbols-and-designs/ ___________________________________________________________________________________ So this is intended as a conversation starter, rather than a warning or anything else. It's an opportunity for people to discuss the appropriate use of cultural material in our future-gaming. But, obviously, it's also important to approach the topic of Māori designs on our models (especially "Croc Men" and especially in Varuna).