How to apply your temporary tā moko

What you’ll need

  • Cloth, a towel, or a sponge
  • A little bit of water
  • Scissors (depending on design)

Let’s Get Started

Step 1 Find where you want to apply your tā moko. When you have found the perfect spot peel the plastic off.

Step 2 Put the paper on your body with the tā moko side on your skin. Apply pressure evenly. (If you don’t get it on the right spot the first time don't worry, it will still work. Peel it off and stick it where you want it to go, even if it's not sticky anymore.)

Step 3 Get your cloth, towel or sponge wet and dab over the entire paper. Make sure you fully soak the paper. Hold this for 30-60 seconds. 

Step 4 Peel the paper off and check out your new temporary tā moko!

Kua oti! All done! It will stay on for 5 – 7 days with normal wear-and-tear. 

How to remove your temporary tā moko

When you are ready to remove your temporary tā moko...or make space to add a new one, here's what you can do. 

Use rubbing alcohol or baby oil; wait 10 seconds then gently massage over the tā moko with a cotton ball.