The Art behind YMX’s Popular Maori Prints

Posted: May 18, 2011 by Andreas Engel in Misc., Tattoo Artist Bios
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YMX's "Maori Swirl Sun Tee" (left) and "Maori Dragon Sleeveless Cycling Jersey" by New Zealand artist Roger Ingerton.

Fans of YMX athletic/lifestyle apparel can’t get enough of the fantastic Maori prints found throughout the YMX line, and it should come as no surprise, because much of that art comes from New Zealand artist/tattooist, Roger Ingerton. Ingerton has achieved his mark as a pioneer in the development of “Maori style” tattooing (apart from authentic Moko). Much of the work he has done in this style is his own freehand adaptation of traditional patterns. He says he has learned a lot from Maori artists who have supplied him with patterns to be tattooed for themselves and their friends and families. He loves this style of tattooing, and has a real feel for the flow of Pacific Island patterns. It is probably this type of work, along with a pe’a he did in 1982 that first won him international accolades. In America particularly, his work has been acclaimed in Ed Hardy’s ‘TattooTime’, and the National Tattoo Association.

Since the formation of YMX’s parent company, YellowMan, Roger Ingerton has produced many original pieces of art exclusively for YellowMan and YMX, all of which continue to be top sellers in both lines.

Read more about Roger Ingerton at YellowMan.com.

Read what Roger Ingerton has to say about himself in an archived article on this blog.

See what Roger’s wife Margaret has to say about his Maori influenced artwork.

Ingerton's Moko-based art holds a common theme at YMXbyYellowman.

Roger Ingerton's recent "Animal Kingdom" shirt for YellowMan demonstrates his gift for combining traditional Maori art with his own contemporary interpretation.

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