Tattoo a lasting reminder of woman's late husband

Moana Hakavalu has entered The Observer’s tattoo competition. She has a back piece dedicated to her late husband.
Moana Hakavalu has entered The Observer’s tattoo competition. She has a back piece dedicated to her late husband. Mike Richards

MOANA Hakavalu's back piece tattoo is a portrait of her late husband, who passed away in a motorbike accident in 2010.

"I got it in October 2010, four weeks after he died," she explained.

It was her first tattoo. She was 30 years old at the time.

"A friend from New Zealand who has a tattoo studio said to me, 'I can't bring Hayden back to life, but we can make it so he will be with you forever'," she said.

Moana now has a sleeve tattoo too. The Maori pattern represents her family history.

When asked what she would tell people considering inking their skin, she said people needed to realise it would be with them forever.

"If you're going to get one, don't get anything stupid. Get something that has some kind of meaning to you," she said.

Moana is in the running to score a holiday at Kingfisher Bay Resort, as part of The Observer's tattoo competition.

The Observer and tattooist Tyson Evans are giving away two fantastic prizes. All you have to do is send in your unique tattoo photo. Or, if you are thinking of getting a portrait tattoo, tell us why you want to get inked.

The winner of the unique tattoo photo category will score a holiday to Kingfisher Bay Resort for two adults and two children valued at $886.

Whoever can tell the best story as to why they want to get a new portrait tattoo will win a $500 realism-style portrait voucher from Tyson Evans Tattoo.

To enter the tattoo competition, send a photo of your tattoo to with your name, contact details, and information about your tattoo.

Make it memorable 

IN THE RUNNING: Aaron Carmody’s entry for his two sleeve tattoos.
IN THE RUNNING: Aaron Carmody’s entry for his two sleeve tattoos. Contributed

MEMORABLE symbols of places around the world are inked on Aaron Carmody's right arm, and he wouldn't have it any other way. 

The 25-year-old got his first tattoo at 21, in Ireland.

"My right arm is a coloured sleeve with different symbols representing all the countries I've been to," he said.

And his left arm is covered with intricately designed and constructed pieces inspired by his daughter, Keiarla.

"I have an angel with my daughter's name written on it, with a rose underneath because her middle name is Rose," Aaron said.

He said it was important to know exactly what you wanted before you got your skin inked.

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