Tattoos With Intention Podcast

Mark Nara

Mark Nara reveals insight into the finer details of the tattoo world. He has been tattooing for 15 years, helping people share their stories on their skin. Discover how you can feel more empowered and connected to the act of getting tattooed, deepening your reasons for receiving them. It includes information on his process, clients stories and of course interviews with prominent tattooers and wisdom keepers from around the globe. read less
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Episodes

20. Tradition, Tools, and Transformation - A Conversation with Māori Artist Moko Smith
09-06-2024
20. Tradition, Tools, and Transformation - A Conversation with Māori Artist Moko Smith
In this episode, Moko-nui-a-rangi Smith, shares his deep insights into the cultural significance of Māori tattooing and its connection to cultural identity. He discusses the importance of events at marae, such as wānanga (intense cultural seminars) in grounding Māori identity and sparking a desire to return to traditional arts. Smith recounts his journey from theatre to moko, the mentorship and the intricate process of making traditional tattooing tools.  The episode also highlights the challenges and responsibilities of tattooing within and outside Māori culture, emphasising the importance of authenticity, cultural context, and personal growth.  Finally, the discussion touches on ideas for maintaining a healthy tattooing process and the profound impact of traditional practices on individual and community identity. 00:00 Introduction 00:35 Geographical and Cultural Roots 01:16 Life in Auckland and Connection to Rotorua 01:47 The Importance of Family and Cultural Events 02:53 Moko Wānanga: Cultural Seminars and Tattooing Practices 04:26 The Evolution of Moko and Addressing Modern Challenges 06:11 Personal Journey into Tattooing and Cultural Identity 20:18 Learning and Crafting Traditional Tools 25:24 Theatre Background and Transition to Tattooing 26:30 Mentorship and Learning the Craft 28:03 The Rise of Moko in the 80s and 90s 28:50 Learning and Evolution of Tattooing Techniques 29:27 The Cultural Significance and Revival of Tā Moko 31:54 Adapting Traditional Tools for Modern Tattooing 33:32 The Importance of Process in Tattooing 35:12 Intergenerational Transmission and Cultural Identity 43:24 Guidance for a Healthy Tattoo Process 48:33 Balancing Work, Training, and Community 52:45 Support and Collaboration Among Artists FOLLOW Instagram:⁠ ⁠@uhi_tapu⁠ skindigenous series Māori TV & News ⁠⁠Join the Tattoo Pathway Fundamentals Course Waitlist⁠⁠⁠ Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠⁠@themarkofnara⁠⁠⁠⁠ For more insights and discussions on intentional tattooing, join the ⁠⁠⁠⁠Tattoos with Intention Podcast community Facebook group.⁠
19. Phillip Milic: Tattooing's Evolving Culture - A Veterans Perspective
09-05-2024
19. Phillip Milic: Tattooing's Evolving Culture - A Veterans Perspective
This episode of the 'Tattoos with Intention' podcast features a conversation with veteran tattoo artist Phillip Millich, exploring the cultural shift in the tattoo industry from its roots in rebellion and community to a more commercial and individualistic present. Throughout the discussion, Phillip shares his journey into tattooing, the impact of societal changes on the craft, and the importance of maintaining the sacredness and spiritual significance of tattoos. As a craftsman, Phillip reflects on the changes in the industry, including the impact of technology and social media, while advocating for preserving the traditional aspects of tattooing. The talk also delves into Phillip's personal beliefs and values formed during his early years in the punk scene, touching on the importance of struggle and authenticity within the tattooing profession. 00:39 Exploring Intentional Tattooing with Phillip Millich02:15 Phillip's Tattoo Journey: Beginnings and Beliefs05:21 The Evolution of Tattoo Culture and Personal Values06:20 Tattooing as a Reflection of Societal Changes10:22 The Art and Ethics of Tattooing24:30 Tattoo Shops: From Speakeasies to Modern Studios29:09 Reflecting on the Tattoo Industry's Transformation32:23 Navigating Offense and Resilience in Tattoo Culture33:36 The Lost Art of Tattooing and Its Cultural Significance36:51 Challenging Modern Tattoo Practices and Spirituality37:54 Personal Approach to Tattooing: Rituals, Realness, and Relationships45:29 Reflecting on the Evolution of Tattoo Equipment and Techniques47:39 The Impact of Social Media and Technology on Tattooing51:39 Navigating Life's Material and Spiritual Dilemmas01:01:02 Concluding Thoughts on Tattooing, Materialism, and Seeking Happiness FOLLOW Instagram: ⁠@pmtattoos ⁠Join the Tattoo Pathway Fundamentals Course Waitlist⁠⁠ Instagram: ⁠⁠⁠@themarkofnara⁠⁠⁠ For more insights and discussions on intentional tattooing, join the ⁠⁠⁠Tattoos with Intention Podcast community Facebook group.⁠
18. Tattoo Therapy and Suffering Well - With Lee Trew
31-03-2024
18. Tattoo Therapy and Suffering Well - With Lee Trew
On today’s episode of Tattoos with Intention, I have the pleasure of speaking with Lee. Lee is not only a client of mine but also a guide and therapist. Lee discusses his experience of getting a tattoo, and how the tattoo has helped him to grow and change. Key Points Discussed: Finding the right tattoo artist: Lee discusses the importance of finding a tattoo artist who is a good fit for you, someone who can create a tattoo that has meaning for you.The importance of intention: Lee talks about how he knew he wanted an intentional tattoo, rather than just a cool tattoo. He describes the moment he felt a “yes” and knew that getting tattooed was the right path for him.The tattoo as a journey: Lee discusses his experience of getting tattooed as a journey of self-discovery. He talks about how the tattoo helped him to connect with his own inner wisdom and purpose.The therapeutic aspects of tattooing: Lee, who is a therapist himself, discusses the therapeutic aspects of getting tattooed. He talks about how the tattooing process can be a way of working through past trauma and experiences.Living a meaningful life: Lee talks about the importance of living a meaningful life in order to get a meaningful tattoo. He says that if you’re not living a meaningful life, then the tattoo won’t have the same impact.The archetypes of tattoos: Mark mentions that he has been thinking about the archetypes of tattoos, and that Lee’s tattoo can be seen as representing the “more mature stage” of comprehension and participation in intentional living. FOLLOW Instagram: @lee_trew ConnectionCulture.life – Psychotherapy Training BluegumBushcraft.com.au – Family Camps and Bushcraft Mentoring WildHeart.life – Deep Rewilding, Vision quest and Survival quest  Join the Tattoo Pathway Fundamentals Course Waitlist⁠ Instagram: ⁠⁠@themarkofnara⁠⁠ For more insights and discussions on intentional tattooing, join the ⁠⁠Tattoos with Intention Podcast community Facebook group.⁠
17. Ego or Integrity - Discerning the Two in Tattooing - with James Sherrah
29-02-2024
17. Ego or Integrity - Discerning the Two in Tattooing - with James Sherrah
This transcript is of a conversation between Mark Nara and James, a client of Mark's who has been getting tattooed by him for several years. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, including James's early tattoos, his experiences with addiction and mental health, and the role that tattooing has played in his life. Key Points Intentional tattooing: The importance of approaching tattoos with intention and awareness, rather than focusing solely on the aesthetic or artistic aspects. The impact of tattoos: How tattoos can influence the wearer's life and identity, both positively and negatively. Unconscious intentions: The potential for tattoos to embody unconscious beliefs, patterns, and stories that can impact the wearer's life. The role of the tattoo artist: Choosing a tattoo artist who aligns with your values and can guide you through the intentional tattooing process. James's tattoo journey: James shares his personal experience of getting tattooed, from his early, impulsive choices to his later, more intentional approach. Cover-ups and transformation: The process of covering up old tattoos that no longer resonate with the wearer and using tattoos to facilitate personal transformation. Discerning ego from integrity: How to distinguish between getting tattooed for personal validation (ego) and getting tattooed for reasons that align with your deeper values and integrity. The power of intentional tattooing: The potential for tattoos to serve as powerful tools for self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. The conversation also touches on a number of other topics, including the role of men's work in James's life, his experiences with breathwork, and his views on ceremonial tattooing. FOLLOW James: ⁠@jamesszen⁠ Join the Tattoo Pathway Fundamentals Course Waitlist Instagram: ⁠@themarkofnara⁠ For more insights and discussions on intentional tattooing, join the ⁠Tattoos with Intention Podcast community Facebook group.
15. Dedication and Perseverance in Tattoo Process - With David Grolman
24-10-2023
15. Dedication and Perseverance in Tattoo Process - With David Grolman
This week, we're continuing with our client interview series. I'll be talking to a good friend and dedicated client, Dave, who will share his tattoo journey and how it plays a significant role in his life.  Dave's Tattoo Journey: Dave opens the discussion by sharing his personal journey with tattoos. From initially believing that tattoos weren't for him to now considering them as integral parts of himself. His first tattoo was at the age of 26 and he's now three quarters through a large-scale tattoo that covers from his mid-back, over his hips, down to just below his knees. Tattoos as Significant Markings: Mark and Dave delve into the importance and significance of tattoos in their lives. They discuss how these markings bear immense personal significance and are often tied to pivotal events or transformations in their lives.The Evolution from Banker to Farmer: Dave shares his transition from working in a bank to farming medical cannabis, drawing parallels between this transition and his tattoo journey.The Tattoo Pathway Course: Dave talks about his experience with the Tattoo Pathway coursework in 2020. He reflects on how it provided him with a solid framework for understanding many aspects of his tattoos.Tattoos as a Rite of Passage: Dave discusses how getting a tattoo can be seen as a rite of passage - a significant event marking important changes in life.Understanding Boundaries in Tattoo Space: The conversation covers the importance of understanding one's needs and boundaries when getting tattooed. It also touches on how different approaches or levels of preparedness can impact the tattoo experience. - Witnessing the Transformation: Both Mark and Dave emphasize the importance of having someone witness your transformation through tattoos. They discuss how having someone understand what has transpired during the tattoo process can be an integral part of the experience. FOLLOW Tattoo Fundamentals In-person Workshop Pre-sale and course outline page themarkofnara: @themarkofnara For more insights and discussions on intentional tattooing, join the Tattoos with Intention Podcast community Facebook group. Follow
14. Client Colloquy - With Taylor Deacon King
14-10-2023
14. Client Colloquy - With Taylor Deacon King
Unlike previous episodes featuring artists or specialists, this episode features an interview with Taylor Deacon King, one of Mark's Clients and a recipient of intentional tattoos. This episode provides valuable insights not just for potential tattoo recipients but also for those interested in the philosophy and psychology behind tattoos. Intentional Tattoos: Taylor shares her experiences of receiving tattoos from Mark and others. She discusses how she uses tattoos as integral parts of her spiritual and personal development journey. Tattoo Philosophy Course: Taylor talks about her learnings from attending the tattoo philosophy course in 2020.  Tattoo as a Rite of Passage: Taylor reflects on her first tattoos at age 15, discussing how they have become markers for significant events and periods of transformation in her life. Understanding Boundaries in Tattoo Space: Both Taylor and Mark discuss the importance of understanding one's needs and boundaries when getting tattooed. Small factors such as music or alignment with the artist's values can significantly impact the tattoo experience. Recommendation for First-Time Tattoo Recipients: They discuss whether someone new to tattoos would benefit from taking a tattoo philosophy course before getting their first tattoo. Upcoming Workshop: Mark announces an upcoming in-person group workshop on November 25th and 26th. The workshop will dive into the type of information discussed in this episode. FOLLOW Tattoo Fundamentals In-person Workshop Afterlife Convention themarkofnara: @themarkofnara For more insights and discussions on intentional tattooing, join the Tattoos with Intention Podcast community Facebook group.
13. Hayden Wolfe - Tattooist Interview
25-09-2023
13. Hayden Wolfe - Tattooist Interview
Introducing Hayden Wolfe, a tattoo artist who approaches tattooing with intention and a focus on holistic practices. In this episode we discussed various topics related to tattooing, including the importance of boundaries, the impact of tattoo ink on the body, the benefits of practicing martial arts alongside tattooing, and navigating the financial aspect of being a tattoo artist. Key points from the conversation: Setting boundaries and clear communication with clients are essential for maintaining a healthy and fulfilling tattooing experience.The need for awareness and research regarding tattoo ink ingredients and their potential effects on the body.Exploring martial arts, such as Shinto Muso-ryu can provide physical strength, mental discipline, and personal growth that can positively impact one's tattooing practice.The financial aspect of tattooing requires finding a balance between valuing one's work and making it accessible to clients. It is important to know your worth and be open to adjusting prices as your skills and experience grow.Building ecological relationships with clients by understanding their needs and values in order to create a mutually beneficial experience. To learn more about Hayden Wolfe's work and insights, visit his Instagram page. FOLLOW Hayden: @haydenwolfetatu Themarkofnara: @themarkofnara For more insights and discussions on intentional tattooing, join the Tattoos with Intention Podcast community Facebook group.
12. Uprooting Beliefs with Jaguar Heart
18-09-2023
12. Uprooting Beliefs with Jaguar Heart
Today we have a fascinating conversation with Jaguar, a therapist who works in a unique way that goes beyond traditional models of therapy. He helps people evolve consciously by revealing their blind spots and creating a shift in their psyche. Jaguar emphasises the importance of being aware and analyzing our thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and experiences to understand ourselves better. During the discussion, we touched upon several key topics: Therapy: Jaguar doesn't categorize himself as a traditional therapist but rather as someone who facilitates the shifting of awareness and produces healing. He believes that therapy should aim for long-term growth instead of just addressing surface-level issues.Tattooing and Identity: Mark and Jaguar discussed the significance of tattoos as a form of self-expression. They highlighted the importance of considering one's emotional state and motivations before getting inked. They also emphasized the role of discernment in choosing appropriate tattoos that align with one's values and personal growth.Parenting and Responsibility: The conversation delved into the duty of care that parents have towards their children. Jaguar expressed his concern about allowing children to make decisions about their gender identity at a young age, emphasizing the potential long-term consequences. They also discussed the value of bringing children into the world and providing them with love, support, and guidance.Living Life Fully: Both Mark and Jaguar agreed on the importance of living life to the fullest and enjoying the present moment. They encouraged listeners to embrace their purpose, engage with life's experiences, and create meaningful connections with others. To learn more about Jaguar's work and insights, visit his Instagram profile at @purejaguar. Remember to check out his content for valuable perspectives on conscious evolution, relationships, masculinity, and more.
11. Bhagavan Das 'Shug' – Tattooist Interview
11-09-2023
11. Bhagavan Das 'Shug' – Tattooist Interview
In this episode of the "Tattoos with Intention Podcast," host Mark Nara engages in a profound conversation with Shug, also known as Bhagavan Das, who has been a dedicated yogi for 26 years. Shug resides in a hermitage in the remote mountains of the USA and has a deep connection between his yogic traditions and the art of tattooing. They explore how tattoos can be more than just body art, serving as powerful tools for personal transformation and spiritual growth. The conversation touches upon the significance of intention in the tattooing process and how it can influence not only the design but also the client's life. They discuss the idea of using tattooing as a form of purification and how it can help remove blockages in a person's energy field.  The podcast also delves into the organic nature of this intersection between tattooing and spirituality, highlighting the transformative journeys clients embark on when they seek out these intentional tattoos Here are the main points discussed in our conversation: Shug's Background: Shug has been practicing yoga for over 26 years and is part of a yogic tradition that focuses on connecting with one's true nature and purpose in life. He found inspiration in this path due to his dissatisfaction with the current state of the world and a desire for something deeper and more meaningful.The Intersection of Yoga and Tattooing: Shug's journey into tattooing began organically as he realized the potential for tattoos to convey powerful stories and help people reconnect with their true selves. He received his first tattoo as an initiation into his yoga tradition, which sparked his interest in using tattoos as a tool for transformation.The Power of Intention: Shug believes that intention is crucial in both yoga and tattooing. By working closely with clients to understand their intentions, he creates designs that align with their goals and desires. This process allows for a deeper connection between the client, the design, and the tattooing experience.Spiritual Cleansing through Tattoos: Shug views tattooing as a form of spiritual cleansing and purification. Through the act of tattooing, he can help remove energetic blockages and bring balance to his clients' lives. This process often leads to personal growth and positive changes beyond just the physical aspect of getting a tattoo.The Organic Nature of Shug's Practice: While Shug initially focused on offering ceremonial tattoos within his yoga community, his practice has expanded to include clients from various backgrounds who seek intentional tattoos. He approaches each client individually, taking into account their unique intentions and desires.The Evolution of Shug's Practice: Shug is continuously refining his craft and exploring new ways to integrate his spiritual practice with tattooing. He is currently working on developing a pilgrimage experience for clients, combining tattooing with transformative journeys to sacred places. For more insights and discussions on intentional tattooing, join the Tattoos with Intention Podcast community Facebook group. FOLLOW Shug: @satmanavyogi_tattoo Themarkofnara: @themarkofnara Facebook Group: Tattoos with Intention Podcast
10. A Word From The Wise - Sanya Youalli - Tattooist Interview
04-09-2023
10. A Word From The Wise - Sanya Youalli - Tattooist Interview
In this deeply introspective episode, we delve into the world of tattooing, not just as a form of body art, but as a spiritual journey, an imprint of sacred human touch, and a testament to history and traditions. Join us as we sit with Sanya Youali, a revered tattoo artist, to discuss the essence of tattooing, the balance between modernity and tradition, and the significance of community gatherings.  1. Living the Principle: Sanya emphasises the importance of 'walking the talk', ensuring one's actions align with their words, especially when it comes to honouring the art of tattooing. 2. Sacred Journey: Discover the essence of patience, timing, and choosing the right moment for tattooing, making it more than just an adornment but a significant journey of self-discovery. 3. Healing Through Ink: Tattoos are not just designs; they are a touch of human sacredness. Sanya touches upon her belief in the healing power of tattoos and the weight of responsibility it carries. 4. Roots & Traditions: An enlightening conversation on the importance of respecting and remembering the roots of tattooing, contrasting them with the influences of modern tech and trends. 5. Tattoo Conventions & Beyond: Dive into the world of tattoo conventions. From commercialised gatherings to intimate, meaningful events, understand the contrasts and the need for genuine connections. 6. Community, Connection, & Unity: Sanya stresses the power of face-to-face interactions, sharing stories like our ancestors, and the rejuvenation derived from uniting as a community. 7. Sanya's Journey: Get a glimpse into Sanya's personal experiences, her technological challenges, and how she's evolved over the years. FOLLOW Sanya: @sanyayoualli  Mark Nara: @themarkofnara Facebook Group: Tattoos with Intention Podcast
9. Why Rekindle the Podcast Now? With Host Mark Nara
30-08-2023
9. Why Rekindle the Podcast Now? With Host Mark Nara
Welcome to the Tattoos with Intention Podcast, where your host Mark Nara delves into the world of intentional tattooing and explores the deeper meanings behind this art form. In this episode, Mark reflects on his journey and the evolution of intentional tattooing over the years. He rekindles the conversation around intentional tattooing and unpacks the tattoo paradigm, sharing insights from his own experiences and observations. Mark discusses the concept of intentional tattooing, exploring both the intentions of the artists and the clients. He raises thought-provoking questions about the true essence of intentionality in the tattooing process and the impact it has on individuals' lives. With candidness, he examines the intersections of tattooing and spirituality, discussing how the tattoo industry can be both sacred and profane. Mark offers a unique perspective on the connection between the sacred and the vulgar, the public and the private. Throughout the episode, Mark emphasises the importance of challenging oneself in the practice of intentional tattooing and invites listeners to consider the deeper implications of their choices. He presents a counter-narrative to the prevailing social media trends within the tattoo community, advocating for a more mindful and private approach to sharing tattoo experiences. Join Mark as he sets the stage for future episodes and interactions within the intentional tattooing community. He shares insights, reflections, and upcoming events, including an in-person presentation on tattoos and entities navigating spiritual realities and body art. Mark's intention is to foster a space where like-minded individuals can engage in meaningful conversations and contribute to the elevation of intentional tattooing. Subscribe to the Tattoos with Intention Podcast on your preferred listening platform to stay updated on future episodes and explore the world of intentional tattooing. CHAPTER HEADINGS (00:00) Introduction and Reflection  (01:49) The Evolution of Marks Intentional Practice (09:43) The Significance of Intentions (13:06) Sacred and Profane: Navigating the Tattoo Industry  (16:12) Marks Hot Tip: The Power of Private Engagement  (19:58) Embracing the Sacred: A Call to Action  For more insights and discussions on intentional tattooing, join the Tattoos with Intention Podcast community Facebook group. LINKS Exposing Scientific Dogmas - Banned TED Talk - Rupert Sheldrake  FOLLOW Instagram: @themarkofnara Facebook Group: Tattoos with Intention Podcast