Rare Shots of Mike Tyson Getting His Maori Tattoo
Mike Tyson Gets His Tattoo 2003
Before his fight against Clifford Etienne, Mike Tyson got his new facial tattoo. A tribal tattoo design which reminds the Maori tattoos style.
Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. From their ancient love for tattoos took birth the so called Ta Moko, Maori tattoo art. Mokos are nothing less than tattoos carved with chisels on the face of worthy Maori warriors. Nothing similar has ever appeared in any other civilization.
Tyson sees the tattoos as “powerful totems”.
Tyson got his first tattoo design inked on his right forearm in 1979. It shows a dragon, symbol of the ghetto-gang he was a member of. The portrait of the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara has found place on the left side of his abdomen. This is probably the more visible among his tattoo designs, due to his position and size. Another idol of international communism, Mao Tse Tung, is tattooed on his right shoulder. Tyson wants to carry on his body the memories of his spiritual heroes: that’s why, after the two communist leaders, he got the portrait of the less known Arthur Ashe. Ashe was a popular tennis champion also well known for his efforts to important social causes and founder of Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS. His portrait and the words “days of grace” are tattooed on Tyson’s left shoulder.