Wiremu is a 'freehand' artist specialising in Ta Moko.

It is strongly recommended that before making a booking, you look through his gallery of previous works to determine if his style is one that appeals to you, and resonates with what you have in mind for your piece.

Wiremu will consider your idea/concept and determine whether or not it is suited to his style.

Draw - up:

For certain areas of the body, you may be required to remove clothing in order for the piece to be worked on freely and without restriction, so it is a good idea to bring a wrap/sarong/lavalava to the session incase you need to cover-up.

Before drawing up we need to clean and shave the skin with antiseptic soap. Isopropyl alcohol is then applied to the skin to remove oils and prep for draw-up.

The draw-up is probably the most important part of the whole process, and can take some time to complete, especially for large scale work. Although it is only 'pen' on skin...it is very important that you keep still during this process.


Using a skin marker, the design is mapped out directly on to the skin to produce a general outline of the piece. Stencils are not used.


From this draft drawing you will get the general shape , size and placement of the piece.

The finer details of the piece are not included in the draft drawing, they are tattooed directly into the skin 'on the fly'. 

When being drawn on, try to remain relaxed...don't flex or attempt to move into a position to help assist the artist. Alter your position only when asked to.

To ensure a high quality of workmanship, Wiremu requires full artistic license over his work. 


Putting ink into skin:

Keeping still is the key to receiving the best possible workmanship in the shortest possible time. Moving around, using your cell phone, constantly checking the progress of your piece or "rubber necking" can slow down the whole process and even worse, compromise the quality of the piece. Even small movements that you think mite not be a big deal could actually prove to be detrimental to the work, so for the best results...keep as still as possible!

Keep as relaxed as possible during the tattooing process, do not flex. Do not try to assist by by adjusting your position to make it easier for the artist, you will be asked to re-position if need be.

We need you to be as comfortable as possible... if you need a to have a pit stop ie; to drink, eat, go to bathroom, text or make a call, stretch etc...just let us know. However, be mindful that time is ticking.

In the unlikely event that you feel 'light-headed' or 'nauseous' let us know so we can evaluate the situation.

Wrap up:

After the the piece is finished, the area will be cleaned thoroughly with surgical soap. Just relax until you have been asked to stand up to check out your new art.

Prior to wrapping up your piece, we will take a several of photos to capture your new art. PLEASE inform us if you do not want to have your piece/name mentioned or featured on social media sites.

Photography / Copyright / Intellectual Property:

We retain all copyright ownership of the pieces/designs and artwork that we create. Images that feature our work must not be reproduced in anyway that includes printing onto items such as t'shirts, greeting cards, posters etc. They must also not be sold to any third parties to reproduce.

We receive a lot of requests from people wanting designs/drawings for other tattooist's to apply, unfortunately we do not offer this service.

After Care:

When infection from a tattoo /moko occurs, it is usually due to a lack of proper aftercare management.


We can not control what you do after you leave our studio, so please adhere to the aftercare instructions as adivsed.


Remove the wrap/cover after 1 - 2 hours then take a shower.


  • Start the water temp at a luke warm setting, then after every 15-20secs or so, keep increasing the temperature until it is at a point that is uncomfortable but obviously not burning you.
    All the while you are washing the area with soap just using your hand.

  • When you are done showering, use a CLEAN towel to pat dry the affected area...DON'T WIPE.
    Once dry, apply a thin layer of your cream/ointment of choice.
    (Bepanthen, Lucas Papaw, A&D)

  • Apply cream daily up to 4 times a day or when needed. DO NOT let your Moko dry out.

  • During the healing period, shower normally but only wash the affected area for a max of 30 secs, then get it away from the main water flow, its best to keep your showers as quick as possible.

  • DO NOT bath or swim! Avoid moisture saturation (bathing/swimming) and avoid direct sunlight.

  • Keep up this aftercare regime for at least 2 weeks.

  • Keep an eye on your new ink during the healing period, and if any substantial red-ness occurs, seek medical advice.

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