He Hono Tangata

You may or may not remember this painting from the previous post about Skulls.

Well, back then this painting was a work in progress. Now it has been finished and sent to it’s new home in Auckland.

The rerenga on the red ribbon reads – He Hono Tangata E Kore E Motu

and is taken from the whakataukī that says:

He hono tangata e kore e motu; ka pā he taura waka e motu.

Nā, ko te tikanga o taua, kāore e taea e ngā hononga te tāngata e whati.  Engari ki ō rātou whakaaro.  Ko tēnei whakataukī e whakamahi ana ki ngā kōrero e pā ana ki tētahi mārena.  Ki a au nei, ko te mea nui e pā ana ki tēnei taonga, ko te kōrero, ko te tikanga rānei.  Tērā pea, ko te tūmanako rawe hoki.  Ae, ko taua te mea nui e mauria ana e tēnei taonga.

The reo pākehā translation of this proverb is

A human bond cannot be severed, unlike a canoe rope, it cannot be severed.

This speaks about the permanency of marriage and betrothal, the closest western proverb I can think of is ‘the ties that bind’.

These loveskull paintings are absolute joys to paint.  Despite my tough, rough n guts exterior (lol) I’m a big softy and love love love! to hear that my friends are shacking up and settling down…  Life. I fucking love it.

So the idea and hopes and wishes behind this painting is to wish my two friends all the best for their marriage and a very long, loving and prosperous life. Two skulls pressed together to form a heart, all wrapped in a big red bow.  Ta daa!!

Mauri Ora ki a kōrua!

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