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Rua is a Kirituhi/Cook Island tattooist, experienced in Polynesian and Ta Moko work. He is a 3 time award-winning form 2 conventions shows, his awards are Best Polynesain piece of the show, Best Sleeve of the show and Runner up of the show.

He started his tattooing career in our Auckland studio 9 years ago apprenticing under Arepeta Kaiwai learning fast and creating some amazing pieces. He soon became a full time artist and moved to our Christchurch studio. After a few years of working there, he  joined the Queenstown studio and has been with the studio for the last 5 years. He brings his own distinct flair and intricate pattern work to clients looking for cultural adornment. He also specialise’s in dotwork and creatures some beautiful mandala/dotwork pieces.

For more of his work following him on Instagram @ruatoto

If you would like to get in touch with us to inquire about some work done with Rua feel free to call thorugh on 03 442 8883 or email through to [email protected]

Ruatotos Work