Mixed media on paper. 29X16. Signed.
Roger Ingerton incorporated Polynesian legend and myth, blending it with traditional (and sometimes contemporary) motifs to create the most impressive Maori/Polynesian-inspired art decades ago, well before the revival began. In fact, many consider Roger the force behind the Maori tattoo renaissance, as he did moko kauae [chin tattoo] on Maori women back in the 1980s. After learning to hand-poke at the age of 16, Ingerton attributed much influence on his own work from tattoo master Paulo Sulu'ape, a man also honored for spearheading traditional tattoo revival. Roger's own adaptation of traditional Maori patterns were innovative and inspiring, and tributes hailing from around the world following his recent death attest to how open and giving he was in sharing both his art and knowledge.