Lorna Tawhiti

Born in Papakura, Sth Auckland in 1970, Lorna spent 17 years in Western Australia from the age of 7 with her parents and two out of 6 siblings. Lorna returned to live in New Zealand with her Otaki born husband and their son in 1993.
Always considering herself an artist-in-training, Lorna has spent 30+ years developing her artistic creative style to which she claims is ongoing and evolving constantly.
With some training in Visual Arts, Lorna explored graphic art and design with a more commercial slant. Designing logos and advertising pieces lead her back to her ideas around tattooing. There have been two significant ‘pulls’ in Lorna’s life that stem from an early age. One: to be a tattoo artist and two: to be a teacher.
Fast forward and nearly 20 years working in education, the last three years of that time were spent learning the art of tattooing in her spare time through mentorship. In 2015 Lorna and her husband set up business, May 15 Tattoo making the move from her full time education job to full time tattoo artist.
Lorna has since been able to explore and combine her knowledge in both graphic art and computer art to create some unique artworks both in tattoo and digital art form.
Typically Lorna’s art will have fine line, intricate feminine details and can relate to any of her inspirations that is: Whanau, te Ao Maori, nature, mana wahine, memories and spiritual themes.
“I am blessed to have had so many inspiring people, artists and art in my life, only now at 48 years do I feel that I am becoming the artist I always wanted to be, but still I have so much to learn and do.”
Nga mihi Aroha
Lorna

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