The Maori and Polynesian people have tattooed their bodies for centuries, influencing sailors from Europe to do the same. Now tattoos have entered mainstream Western culture, and so I wasn’t surprised when we found ourselves under the same influence after seeing so many spectacular tattoos on men and women around us.

Aisha drawing on her sister, February 2011
While we were visiting a park, Aisha found a permanent marker (probably left behind by an errant graffiti artist) and used it to decorate her sisters and herself.

Aisha drawing on Brioni, February 2011
Brioni was very happy to let Aisha decorate her with the pen!

Calista with blue pen all over her, February 2011
Calista is trying out her version of the Maori haka.

Brioni proudly displaying her tattoos, February 2011
Brioni ended up with Aisha's scrawl all over her — and she was quite pleased about it!

Playing on a playground in Mangere, February 2011
When our girls later joined the playground crowd, they looked spectacular with their blue tattoos!

We’re loving being in a truly multi-cultural environment again. There are so many things that our children invite us to explain to them, and we have to think very carefully about our answers each time. It’s stimulating and challenging, and we hope that this trip continues to widen our children’s worldviews.