The tap, tap, tapping of a computer keyboard is probably not what you would normally associate with Polynesian design and tattoos.
But it is the chosen tool for Auckland based artist Vaimaila Urale whose contemporary take on tatau involves the use of four traditional Samoan symbols which exist on a standard keyboard as less than, greater than, forward slash and back slash.
Vaimaila was born in Samoa and grew up in Wellington after moving to New Zealand as a child.
She said growing up she was intrigued by her father only ever having western style tattoos on his body.
Her curiosity continues in her current project Typeface which she carefully selected the characters for.