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 and tattoo at his private studio in Turangi. He attends international tattoo expos and travels to Australia regularly to share his mahi. Lance also works part-time as the Art Kaiako at Te Kura o Hirangi.
Lance's decision to teach and inspire rangatahi is due in large part to being inspired by his former art teacher at Te Aute College, Dr Mark Dashper who nurtured his passion for drawing and Māori art. After high school, Lance 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 10 years digital and traditional design experience in senior creative roles for Advertising and Marketing agencies across New Zealand and Australia.
In 2009, Lance explored a business start-up idea, a risky venture that consequently went under after he invested everything. After reflecting on a stressful career and his failure in business, in 2010 Lance hit reset, reverting himself back to his original passions at Te Aute College - drawing and Māori Art. Inspired by learning and education he completed the Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Art & Tech Curriculum) at Waikato University while pursuing his interest in Whakairo and Tā Moko. Lance returned to his journey in Te Reo Māori through EIT Whatukura/Toihoukura in Gisbourne and was later granted a scholarship to attend the New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute / Te Puia in Rotorua. Here he extended his knowledge and skills in carving; bone, stone, pounamu and later, wood. Lance was eventually employed here as Creative Lead and Development Manager, creating sub-brands and content media over 5 years for various national and international Māori art based kaupapa including the Waka Tapu - Voyage to Rapanui, Te Matatini Mahau - Stage for Matatini kapa haka festival, Tuku Iho - Living Legacy' International touring exhibition and more.
In late 2017, Lance decided to emerge independently as a Māori Artist and practitioner of Tā Moko. 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.