For the Maori, who are indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, tattooing holds a sacred significance to them. Tattoos of the Maori would be full face designs, as the head was considered the most sacred part of the body. Tattooing was a very important Maori ritual that would include music, chant and fasting. Women were tattooed less frequently than men and their tattoos would usually be on the lips, chin or shoulders.
For the Maori, each pattern of their tattoo is a symbol of personal identification showing their rank, status and ancestry. If you are interested in this type of tattoo, you should never copy their designs. Today popular locations for a Maori tattoo is the arm, the top of the shoulder and down the arm, legs, the occasional buttock, on the back, and lower back for women. However some people do choose to have Maori designs on their chins and faces.
Executive Summary By Rick Reynolds