New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year is a trip we will always want to remember. 365 Days doing 365 Activities has been the most insane adventure of our lives. Since we are in New Zealand, it only seems fitting to make our last and final activity getting a tattoo. In Maori tradition, people get tattoos to tell stories of significant aspects or times in their lives. This past year has been pretty damn significant in our lives, so we are hitting one of New Zealand’s top name tattoo studios to get a New Zealand tattoo designed by an Maori artist.
Getting a tattoo on Auckalnd’s K road
Following this morning’s leap from the Sky Tower, we continue on foot to Karangahape Road, commonly known as “K Road”. We love how the atmosphere of the city suddenly changes as we hit the bohemian part of Auckland city, with the smells of all kinds of international flavours to the cool and quirky shopfront displays. K Road is a hub of creativity so of course Otautahi Tattoo is located down here!
Welcome to Otautahi Tattoos
Music booming, walls decorated in colourful artwork using paper and skateboards as a canvas, we sit down on the body-engulfing sofas to wait for our appointment. Getting a tattoo is something we planned about a month ago with Otautahi. It’s not exactly a quick process – and it shouldn’t be! This tattoo is for life! We had sent through our initial “designs” (more like a template), and today we are sitting down with a Maori tattoo artist to come up with a design together. What’s also convenient about our planning is that getting a tattoo at the end of our travels means avoiding awkward moments like realising we can’t swim with dolphins or wear any gear that will ruin the tattoo during the healing process.