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June 16, 2009

Finished tattoo design for the Shoulder

Written by Mark Storm

Hi There,

Here's the finished shoulder tattoo. Scanned and optimized.
I made some small changes in the upper shoulder, so the fill is a bit more interesting. The repeating shapes on the left side of the shoulder represent arrowheads and the maori curly shapes are called Koru or Fern.

A little history for those who want to know more about the meaning of Koru:
The koru is the Maori name given to the newborn, unfurling fern frond and symbolises new life, growth, strength and peace.
The koru is an iconic symbol of New-Zealand.
It is an integral symbol in Maori carving and tattoos.

Regards, Mark

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