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David Clinger article

Jul 22, 2009
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He mentioned studying a Maori tribal culture in Argentina- it struck me as odd and I looked up the Maori in Wiki, they have no mention of Maori in Argentina or S. America even. If he said he just liked the look of copying the tribal tattoo style, that's fine; but instead he tries to give some kind of sage wonderment and understanding about the Maori resulting from his study as cause for his tattoo. Kinship with people with whom he shares no geneological trait.
A mistake is a mistake, but I don't see why I should call a donkey a horse just because a recovering addict calls it a horse.
 
Jul 14, 2009
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Jesus was never on N.A buttplug. The guy is a talent and a patient at a hospital. You could not lift the gears this guy has pushed juiced or not. Looking outside and saying something spiritual while recovering sounds bizarre to you,cool. Don't hack and hate the guy as he comes back. Racers are a racehorse that can talk, thank god horses are shutting up or you would be trampled by two species. MS 150 is not a race. Lots of the "All Blacks " consider themselves Mauri.
 
Aug 24, 2009
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Maori

I think the point to be made here is that the editors of the website should have encouraged the author of the piece to include the fact that there are no large Maori influences outside New Zealand.
Since Clinger was buying Cocaine at the time, I don't think anthropological accuracy was high on his list of priorities.
 
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"After racing bikes during the day day, I put on a costume at night and fight crime. They call me the Great White Maori."
 
Jul 22, 2009
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He was asked to remove the tattoo which would cost upwards of $25,000 dollars, instead he finished it off for 100 bucks, ending his relationship with Webcor.

He has a pretty decent instinct for economics.
 
Jul 27, 2009
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fatandfast said:
Lots of the "All Blacks " consider themselves Mauri.

Ok, first of all it's Maori, not Mauri. And only the All Blacks that actually are Maori consider themselves Maori.

As for the Maoris in Argentina - never heard of them! Having grown up in NZ we've always learnt about the whole heritage of the country thing and if some of the Maori had links to Argentina, I'm sure I would have heard about it somewhere. Or maybe not, I don't really know. :confused:
 
May 13, 2009
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I took this shot of him May 2007 at the Roswell Crit just north of Atlanta. A blow up below it. I have to think it will take a lot of work to get rid of it. Glad he is clean.

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Jun 16, 2009
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Not sure if the editors changed the article after this post, but I see that it now reads:
I had a lot of reasons to get this tattoo," said Clinger who spent two years in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, and whilst there studied the historic Maori warrior culture of New Zealand.

That makes more sense - in the same way that I have a friend up here who is taking Russian Studies courses at one of the local universities.

As for Maori links to Argentina - not directly as far as anyone has been able to glean. But there are a huge number of similarities to the Ainu people from Hokkaido and the various coastal First Nations peoples in BC ...

And it's fair to say that the design is only loosely inspired by moko (the Maori name for facial tattooing) - as Danyela or any other Kiwi will tell you (or check out paintings by the artist Charles Goldie - beautiful works and a great record of a people at a particular stage in history).

I'm not Maori myself, so I guess can't speak fully on the issue, but I think that if he's inspired by the art, history and culture, then all power to him. But I guess I've got to say that as I've got a Coast Salish First Nations tattoo ... :)
 
Jul 7, 2009
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From what I gathered after reading the Clinger story in The Desert News . He just happened to be in Argentina, his second wife Natalia's homeland.After studying Polynesian and Maori culture and becoming enamored with the symbolism, he got an outline of the mask that began at his chin and swept over his cheeks, nose and forehead and across the scalp, which, when he shaved his head, gave him a fearsome look.
 
Jul 14, 2009
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Adam Thompson is my favorite All Black, and I think he is from the O'Maouori's from Dublin. What do you eat with your fish if there is no chips? Tea with your curry?