Artists/Owner - Lance Ngata
Ngāti Porou, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngāti Ira, Ngāti Kahungunu
From the small towns of Uawa and Turangi in New Zealand's North Island, Lance is a Māori Artist and Designer specialising in Tā moko (Māori tattoo) . He's also a qualified teacher who helps with the whakairo (Māori carving) and the Visual Arts program at the local school where his children attend - Te Kura o Hirangi. Lance travels often to attend wānanga (learning forums) and tattooing conventions - nationally and internationally, to share his work.
Lance's decision to one day persue Tā moko came at 11 years old while watching his whangai Mother and Aunty recieve their moko kauae at a mokopapa wānanga (Collective gathering for Tā moko). It was his first glimpse into the world of moko and he was in complete awe of this powerful artform. He was enrolled into Te Aute College and after high school gained a Bachelor of Media Arts degree majoring in Visual Arts at Wintec. While studying and with a young whanau to support, Lance worked as a Video Analyst for the Waikato Rugby Union & Chiefs Franchise for 3 years, providing video analysis services; shooting, cutting and encoding of live sporting events. Lance has kept and developed his videography and photography skills throughout his professional career. Lance’s career evolved into the design industry and he now has over 15 years design experience in senior creative roles across New Zealand and Australia.
Lance realigned with his love for traditional Māori art in 2011 when he was granted a carving scholarship which led to a permanent creative role at the New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute / Te Puia in Rotorua. Lasting 5 years this experience opened up many learning opportunities within the world of Māori art and indigenous knowledge along with international artist/ambassador work in touring exhibitions. The progressions from whakairo to ta moko came about through working and travelling with pioneering Māori artists/experts and sharing indigenous knowledge with other indigenous cultural around the world.
By late 2017, Lance was finally ready to emerge independently as a Tā Moko practitioner. With his foundation in design and genuine passion for Māori art and education - Lance finds enormous satisfaction and pride in the work he now does for each person he connects with. Lance's journey can be followed via Mau Studio Ink on facebook where he shares 'Live' videos, upcoming travel dates and special offers, OR on instagram account lance_ngata.