Mo Naga , a fashion designer and tattoo artist is taking the world of tattoo art by storm with his innovative and creative ideas. The young autodidactic tattoo artist hails from Manipur and owns an established tattoo studio in Delhi. He has been in the limelight for his revealing and impressive tattoo arts. He has a constructive idea of portraying the tribal tradition of North East India through tattoos.
During his graduation years, tattooing was mere a hobby which he later mastered as his profession. Though Mo is a Naga himself, he hardly knew much about the ancient art of tattoo making which was practised by his own tribe. Tattoo making is one of the age old art of the Nagas which had both symbolic and spiritual interpretations and values. Unfortunately the art was losing its essence and fading with time. Thus, he took the initiative to learn the authentic art of tattoo making which he aims to execute and promote through his very own organization the Headhunters’ Ink. He started up with the organisation in 2012 in Guwahati. He had been travelling through the states of North east particularly the districts of Nagaland such as Mon, Tuensang, Kipre and Phek which are known to have the most affluent knowledge of tattooing.
With 8 years of experience in this field Mo has achieved enormous recognition. He was made the local brand ambassador for Lee Jeans (V.F Corporation), for the Delhi/NCR area from October to mid-December. He once again became the face of Lee Jeans from June, 2009 to July 2010 where in their campaign he was promoted as India’s Best Tattoo Artist. Furthermore, he was solicited to be a part of India’s biggest Tattoo festival, Tattoo Republic held in Pune, Maharastra in November, 2016 where he showcased his skills along with world’s famous tattoo artists.
Mo’s organisation, Headhunters’ Ink is not only the biggest tattoo school in India but also the first ever Official Tattoo Training Institute in North East. The organisation will provide both Amateur and Professional Courses. Mo has also planned to provide further facilities and openings to those who do well or have extreme passion for tattooing.
Tattooing had been an intrinsic part of India which mostly lied in the soul of the tribal communities. Mo’s motive of learning the ancient art of tattooing was to revive the tribal art and re-introduce the form to the present generation who seem to be intensively interested in mastering the art or getting tattooed.