New Zealand Flag Debate



Only The Good Die Young

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This image is a simple play on the rockabilly styling's that are popular now. I have always loved black line drawing and tattoo styles so decided on the unfortunate demise of the Huia as a way to celebrate what is gone and also enjoy a hint of the Victorian Macabre. The Huia was always under stress with the Maori demand for their famous white tipped black tail feathers as a symbol of hierarchy. The desire for museums to also take examples was another stressor and then the "nail in the coffin" was the casual use of the feather in his bowler hat by the Prince of Wales on his royal tour of 1864. This resulted in an upsurge in the use of them for fashion. So this image speaks to our desire for something actually killing and destroying it. While the last verified sighting was in 1907 there are credible reports of the birds being seen as late as the 1960s. It is an indulgent trip into the sweetly sad.