Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)



“The uhi (tattoo implement) was used to split the skin through a rhythmical tapping process. The back edge of the uhi was struck with the pātuki (tapping stick). The pigment was applied to these fresh cuts once healed produced deep grooved scars making Māori moko different to other tattoos of the Pacific”.

—Joel Marsters

Joel Marsters

Joel Marsters


Te Arāwa, Te Whākātohea

(1990- )

Joel’s main medium is poūnāmu (New Zealand jade) however he has worked in other mediums, such as bone and other culturally important stones such as onewa (greywacke) and pākohe (argillite).