It's bold, it's beautiful and now it's part of his uniform.
After 20 years of service, Rawiri Barriball became the first person to get clearance from the Navy to wear a full-facial Māori tattoo.
"I've always felt I was gonna get it, I just wanted to achieve a few things first and one of them was doing 20 years' [service]."
The decision wasn't just his to be made. Mr Barriball had to apply under navy law to gain approval, it was granted last month.
"I guess with my job being a seaman combat specialist… We're face to face with people that we're trying to help different parts of the world, if they see something as in moko they might be a bit intimidated I guess."