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Art + Body Creative Studio offers quality art and design services including custom professional body artistry.

Our artists have diverse professional training and offer a range of art creative specialties. They create art for sale, commissioned art, interior and exterior large projects as well as consultant services.

Our experienced artists offer tattoo specialties in traditional, ta moko, handtap and handpoke, colour, black and grey tattoo, neo-traditional, realism, traditional and sacred geometry.

We also offer professional body piercing.

JULES

RESIDENT ARTIST

JULES

Tā Moko Practitioner, Cultural Artist, Writer, Painter

Tattoo Styles: Ta Moko, Ta Tatau, Fineline, Custom Māori, Body Suits, Ornamental, Mauri Moko

“Moko to me is a process of connecting each of us through its practice, to the ancient wisdom of our ancestors, so that their mana and mauri may become centred within our personal spiritual self” - Julie Paama-Pengelly

Julie (Jules) has 30 years experience with ta moko and has been active as an artist for 40 years. Her post-graduate qualifications in third world development and maori visual arts uniquely positions her understanding of maori art as a cultural practice with the ability to heal trauma.


Jules has firm foundations within customary (traditional) maori techniques and design but as a progressive multimedia artist, is always challenging the development of ta moko.


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LUCAS

RESIDENT ARTIST

LUCAS

Designer, Illustrator, Tattoo Artist

Tattoo Styles: Aquarell, New School, Blackwork

"Its nature...I draw and I've worked with art since I was a kid. So, it's kind of natural...something I wanted to do all my life..." - Lucas Vargas

Lucas Vargas grew up in southern Brazil, and graduated in design at the Superior School of Publicity and Marketing (Brazil) in 2013. Lucas worked with art direction for six years and, in 2017, started his studies in tattoo art.


His tattoo style contemplates application of colors, blackwork and fineline.

GABRIEL

RESIDENT ARTIST

GABRIEL

Tattoo Artist, Graphic Designer

Styles: Fineline, Black & Gray, Line Work, Dot Work, Geometric

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Sumba Man (Gabriel Nobre) is a visual artist and tattooist from Brazil, based in New Zealand. Most of his work is influenced by sculptures and geometric patterns, mixed with organic objects and minimal arrangements, mainly using black ink.

JOE

RESIDENT ARTIST

JOE

Tattoo Artist, Kai Whakairo, Māori Carver, Visual Arts

Tattoo Style Focus: Tā Moko

"Our tipuna before us are always pushing us forward, they've done it before, so they're tapping us on the shoulder and telling us to carry it on." - Joseph Houia

Tauranga based artist, Joseph Houia, has been honing his skills in Tā Moko under the guidance of established Tā Moko artist Julie Paama-Pengelly for over a year but his love and talent for art has been lifelong.

SETH

RESIDENT ARTIST

SETH

Tattoo Artist

Styles: Batok, Japanese Oriental, Dotwork, American Traditional, Realism, Pop Art

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Seth has over twenty years of experience in the tattoo industry, mastering the art of custom tattoo. He specialises in Japanese oriental, dot work, american traditional, realism and pop art.

CAITLIN

BARBER, RESIDENT ARTIST

CAITLIN

Barber, Tattoo Artist

Styles: Neo-Traditional, Realism, Fineline, Colourist

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Internationally qualified Barber with 8 years experience in Hairdressing and Barbering.


Services: Hairstyling and Facial Grooming

Art Mediums: Illustration, Painting

Tattoo Styles: Neo-Traditional, Realism, Fineline, Colourist

KAIWHETU

EMERGING TATTOOIST

KAIWHETU

Emerging Artist

Artist Styles: Blackwork, Dotwork, Sketchwork, Tā Moko

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Kaiwhetu is our newest tattooist, bringing a fresh perspective and energy to Art + Body. She has a background in carving and visual arts, she has some great ideas across a range of styles.

From bold blackwork to fine dotwork, send through your ideas for Kaiwhetu to turn into your next favorite tattoo!

AMARIA

STUDIO MANAGER

AMARIA

Studio Manager

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As a visual artist she has an immense passion for everything related to pop culture. Her practice primarily involves investigating contemporary commercial art. She continuously seeks to enhance her illustrative style by experimenting with a diverse range of techniques and mediums.

CHON

STUDIO TECHNICIAN

CHON

Graphic Design Graduate, Project Management

Studio Technician

“I get to learn about and submerse myself in culture everyday – since coming to work on the events of Te Tuhi Mareikura Trust, not only do I get to help indigenous cultures across the world assert their voices, learn, share and grow – they’ve also taught me a lot more about myself in many ways, more than they know, simply because I get up and do the mahi everyday.” - Chontelle Hohaia

Born in Auckland and from the Far North, Chontelle Hohaia is a 2018 graduate who majored Graphic Design in the Bachelor of Creative Industries at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology – utilizing the influences of her culture and environment to make ordered sense of her creative practice.

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