Under the Ink

Papua New Guinean Traditional Marking

Documentary Story / Short Form

The Maitree team collaborated with VICE to make this short documentary on traditional marking practices in Papua New Guinea. We followed Julia Mage’au Gray into the world of Pasifika traditional tattoos and its resurgence within modern-day Australia and New Zealand. Julia is a skin marker hoping to bring awareness and to reclaim a disappearing tradition. We followed Julia as she travelled to the rural Inawi Village in Central Province, Papua New Guinea, to meet some of the last of the Mekeo women traditionally marked.