In traditional Polynesian society, tattoos were considered not only a decoration, but also a language, a symbol of power and an honorary distinction. They also had sacred importance, as they were thought to possess magical abilities inherited from God.

Highlighted by cartoonists Karl Bodner and Sydney Parkinson, the Maoris were like strange birds at the time with their magnificent and impressive tattoos.    

Paradisio Imaginarium pays tribute to them with a small collection of illustrations that highlight their visual power and their incredible decorative capital. Showing these faces is honoring an age-old culture.

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