Siddharth Malhotra gets a 'Maori whale tale' inked on his forearm


Bollywood actor Siddharth Malhotra who is on a trip to New Zealand as India’s first tourism ambassador of the island country has got himself inked during a visit to The National Tattoo Museum of New Zealand in Wellington.

Siddharth who was recently appointed as the Indian ambassador of Tourism New Zealand had said that he wanted to experience the adventure activities, food and wine, Maori culture and everything else the country has to offer during his trip.

The handsome hunk got a tattoo of a traditional Maori design temporarily inked on his forearm. His intention behind getting inked was to learn more about the country’s Maori culture.

Siddharth took to Twitter to share a picture of him getting inked. “Got Inked by a local Maori Artist ! Any guesses what it is ??? #SidNz @PureNewZealand #Tattoo #NZMustDo #Maori,” he tweeted. He also showed off the tattoo design on his left forearm on the micro-blogging site and posted, “It's a Maori whale tale which represents speed,strength & success! But sadly not a permanent one #SidNZ #NZMustDo.”

Siddharth was thrilled at getting inked with the removable tattoo design and was inspired to get a permanent one.

"The final design was so beautiful. I was tempted to have the work done permanently. The stories behind traditional Maori moko are fascinating. The tattoo museum was a very interesting place. I loved the strong tribal affiliations of Maori moko and the complexities of their designs. It is amazing how a tattoo can tell a complete story about the person who wears the artwork," the actor was quoted by a news agency.

Maori tattoo artist Steve Maddock, who started the museum in 2001, took the ‘Ek Villain’ actor around the museum which features a mix of historical tattoo artefacts, tools, illustrations and information on techniques and styles, from the country and more. Steve also shared with Siddharth the stories behind the traditional Maori moko (tattoo).

The ta moko (tattoo) is considered as a treasure to the Maoris, as it is said to contain messages specific to the wearer and tells the story of the wearer's family, tribal affiliations and their placing within social structures.