My Atua healing session and tattoo experience with Shane is difficult to put into words. It sounds cliché but simply put, it has literally changed my life for the positive. I count it as one of the most sacred, spiritual experiences I've ever had. I came to Shane full of anxiety, fear, doubt, a bit of a mess emotionally. Now I have new strength, fresh outlook, a peace of spirit, a calm and solidarity I've not previously felt in my life. A positive energy that still pulses with joy and motivates me to be the best I can.
I'd been struggling with some big life challenges. I'm a Cancer survivor, the death of my father who I was so close to, my pillar of strength. Also, I recently left the religion of my youth after being an active member all my life. It sounds like no big deal but I can't express the difficulty of this transition. To members of that faith, leaving the church is worse than death. It caused and is currently causing massive strain in my family.
I sought after a tattoo to commemorate these experiences and symbolize a new beginning. Having lived in New Zealand for a couple of years as a young man, I love the Maori people and their beautiful culture. I love the Ta Moko art, it's intricate line work, use of negative space, it's symbolism and storytelling. But I didn't want just ink, I wanted an experience. An artist that understood my struggle in some way and could capture emotion into the piece.
May sound strange to some but I feel I was led to Shane and Atua healing. Not only is his Ta Moko and tattoo skill world class but he also understands the spiritual aspects of the art. After reading his bio I knew he was the only one I wanted to do my tattoo. That's why I travelled all the way from the U.S.
Before we began any tattooing, we started with an Atua healing session. The environment was peaceful and relaxing. Shane's demeanor and personality is uplifting and illicit confidence and trust. During the session there is a portion in which I could send my intentions to the universe/pray/meditate/express my desires quietly in my mind. Completely unknown to Shane, during that time I was asking earnestly for help with my greatest fear. Does my dad accept me getting a tattoo and the path I'm taking? Leaving the faith he devoted his entire life to. My anxiety seemed overwhelming. In that exact moment Shane spoke (which I learned later that he normally wouldn't during a session but felt very impressed upon to do so), he said, "Chris, your father is here. He wants you to know that he's happy with the path your on and that it's all part of one truth. He's cool with it!" I felt the presence of my father, his warming love, his approval and acceptance. Emotion welled up out of me for a moment in wracking sobs and then I was at complete peace. Peace I've never experienced before. I felt lighter and couldn't contain the joy, I'd break out in laughter every time I looked in the mirror, it felt so good. It lasted through 2 days of tattooing and has continued with me everyday since as I look at my beautiful tattoo and am reminded.
I am overjoyed with my experience and would recommend and encourage people to experience for themselves. I am daily grateful to Shane for removing the shame, doubt, fears, all the emotional blocks that were so heavy to carry and stopping me from progressing. Now, I am proactively pursuing joy in my life. I am focused and determined to move forward in love and positivity.
I absolutely adore my tattoos. You did such amazing job of pulling together the elements I spoke to you about and I could not be any happier. The intention behind these was to draw on my recent months of introspection, enlightenment, pain and growth, to give myself a lifetime reminder of who I am at this moment of my existence and how I got here, my connection to a passed love one, home, land and sea, my feminine empowerment, my divinity and the feeling of peace and connection to my pure consciousness now that I am no longer fighting against the current of life.
I can feel so deeply that whilst to the eye the tattoo represents this all for me, it was the Atua Healing that truly manifested the essence of these intentions into the piece.
It’s like the healing tapped into the vibration of the words and thoughts of where this tattoo originated in my heart and turned that energy into the lines you etched into my skin. I felt a strong sense of clarity and harmonisation of my energy and that feeling of harmony hasn’t left me since. I feel balanced and grounded. The tattoo aside, the healing was a beautiful cleansing experience.
I’m honoured to have the intention behind my piece so beautifully represented through such a sacred practice. You have an amazing gift and the ability to create a very soulful and powerful experience for those who feel drawn to this.
Much peace, love, gratitude and respect x
I am extremely happy with my tattoo from Shane, which sits both literally and spiritually close to my heart. Every line he drew was intentional and considered. The resulting symbology resonates strongly with me and what I expressed when we talked at the beginning of the session.
Having never experienced an atua healing before, I wasn't sure what to expect but after hearing my friend talk about it I decided to open myself up to a new experience. During the healing I felt very calm, I let my mind go where it wanted and it felt similar to a meditative experience.
The tattoo I got is in quite a vulnerable place but I never felt uncomfortable with that. I felt at ease and knew I was in safe (and professional) hands throughout. The result of this experience is a tattoo I am absolutely in love with and a new appreciation for the practice of atua.
My Atua tattoo session with Shane started to move some fears that were dominating my life. It seemed to create movement that I needed to get to the next level. The combination of being tattooed by Shane and experiencing what he brings to the work and being open enough to receive the healing is challenging but I love that. For me it brought big shifts within myself. Some I'm ready for and some I'll get to a bit later when the time is right for me. This work shows me that when I get tattooed by Shane it's an exchange of energy, it's not just ink marking my skin. I can be open and trust myself. I can go within and the work can be transformative.
When Jodi came to me for her tattoo she wanted something with meaning, something that for her stood as a representation of her inner strength and bringing forth significant moments in her life where she found solace and grounding. To Jodi there are three symbols that embody these qualities. They were used to create her tattoo and in doing so her vibration of strength and connection to her higher self was activated.
Combining the ritual of receiving her tattoo on a spiritual level with an Atua healing really encompasses and enabled the energy and shifts Jodi required to move forward in what was a difficult and stuck period of her life.
A tattoo is such a powerful representation of growth, change, movement and empowerment to the wearer and including the Atua healing in the process is a wonderful way of connecting the significance of the tattoo to the higher self and the power we all have within us to heal and create an elevated version of ourselves. To trigger a move forward through any blockages that are causing us to be stuck. We are ultimately the creators of our own lives and reality. We are one with the universe and when we connect to that level anything is possible.
Atua Healing can be done on its own or incorporated into receiving your tattoo.
I sought Shane out for an Atua healing and a tattoo after a long retreat due to illness and injury. As I regained my health in the months following, I started to re-enter the social world and think about my place within it. I had followed Shane's work and always intended to get a tattoo from him "one day". During the last year I've been sent many messengers: some wearing a specific symbol that I also wear, some from my own iwi. Some of these meetings were simply about recognition of each other's mana, others gave me very specific messages about culture and my physical and spiritual health. I believe they all lead me to seeking a healing and tattoo from Shane, at a time that was also very powerful astrologically for me.
The last year for me has been one of deep and unceasing grief and loss, with the sudden deaths of many loved ones. Despite grief and illness keeping me physically still, I also worked hard during this time to shift my energy away from old patterns, or associations and relationships that no longer served me, or were making me sick and stressed. Over the years I have invested a great deal of energy and time to heal complex traumas from my past, but I finally recognised I could not shift the weight of what remained of these, alone. I decided to surrender to the experience of the Atua healing and tattoo process. I knew the right design would emerge because I trusted Shane's gifts of artistry and intuition. Prior to our appointment I spent time in deep meditation to connect with the outcomes I wanted for both the healing and the tattoo.
The energy Shane raised during the healing was very powerful and afterwards I felt a deep sense of peace. My mind was quiet and I was able to fully appreciate the safe healing space Shane has created for his clients. He spent time in concentration drawing the right design on me and letting it flow. Though we'd discussed my reasons for getting the tattoo beforehand, he didn't need to ask me many questions for the right design to emerge. What emerged perfectly reflected who I am, and who and what is important to me. I was so happy with the design when I saw it and Shane explained it to me. He balanced every element perfectly. I wanted a tattoo designed to protect my vulnerabilities, while still being able to use my energy for empathy, healing and knowledge. For me this tattoo is a declaration of my own personal healing and of my identity. A way to step firmly but gently back into the world and strengthen my energy, without becoming overwhelmed. This tattoo is also just one step on a path of seeking greater cultural and spiritual integration and knowledge, after being away from Aotearoa for too long. I felt so calm, happy and peaceful as Shane inked this design and energy into my skin. He even included an important guide for me in the design that I've had recurring dreams about since childhood, but hadn't told him about. He helped me include the people who have been influential in my whānau: acting as loving healers, nurturers and protectors, and inspiring me to live with fierce courage.
In the days following the healing I felt the happiest and most grounded I have in years. I felt free. This feeling has continued. I feel I have released many old traumas that held me paralysed in place for so long, and I am ready to begin living and thriving. I can feel my future unfolding like a koru towards the sun. I am not sure exactly what my future looks like yet, but for the first time I trust the energies that I will manifest for it. I know that because of the difficult but worthwhile decisions I made over the last year, my attention and energy has been flowing in the right direction, and continues to.
In the days following this experience close friends exclaimed over the positive difference in me, changes they saw emotionally and physically. A day after I received it, I experienced the powerful protection of the tattoo from negative energies, while still allowing me to work in the world with compassion, healing energy and knowledge. I feel more certain and present each day since receiving it.
I feel like I have always worn it on my skin now as it reflects who I am and where I am, so beautifully. I was waiting for it and received it at exactly the right time. I am grateful to Shane for his artistry, healing, intuition and the trust he created, in helping me reach this place of peace within myself and in my life. For the first time, I'm really looking forward to what's next.
There are two kinds of people who want tattoos. Those who want pictures….and those who want story’s. Those who want stories are looking for more than a tattoo. They want a genuine connection with the artist, who through self and spirit, guide the hand of the artist to create an impression that is deeply personal for the client. If this is what you seek, look no further than Shane Gallagher Coley.
The complete professional, Shane combined my Maori and Aboriginal ancestry into a piece of work that honours the beauty of indigenous cultures. I am inspired and humbled each time I look into the mirror and see this amazing work of art he gave me. Thank you!
I wanted to express a subtle but definitive statement reflecting my heritage and place in the world. I had an idea of the elements I wanted to include based on a bark cloth given to me by my family. Shane combined these to create a unique design that perfectly captured my story and how I interact with the world around me.
I feel like it fits me perfectly and as the ink sinks into my skin, I feel more and more like it’s been there forever, waiting for the right moment to appear. A little apprehension (my first tattoo) soon gave way to complete calm and peace as the consult began and this tone continued throughout the session.
The dedication and discipline Shane invests in his craft is nurtured with sincere dignity and grace. Genuine soul delivered with absolute integrity – a true artisan of the finest making – that I deeply respect and highly recommend.
Thank you, Shane.
I have followed Shane’s work since he released Koru In Lines Volume 1. I am one of those people who believes in "you get what you pay for" and boy was I wrong. I got a lot more than what I paid for. It wasn’t just a Moko, it was the entire experience from the second I sat down with him. Shane obviously spent time considering my first requests sent via email as I lived interstate. When I arrived he patiently guided me through the process from conception to the final product. He is so skilled with the free hand that at each stage of the process I was completely blown away with his design, thoughtful consideration of my requests and the speed at which he worked. I totally recommend Shane to anyone who takes this seriously and requires a man of absolute faultless skill and guidance. I left feeling as though money wasn’t enough payment and have the utmost respect and admiration for a man at the top of his profession.
Thanks bro. I had to dig deep for that one. We went back to my Marae. It was good to be home and a blessing. I knew and felt I was in trusting hands, thank you, and for helping me through it. I felt you did bro. Your character and Mauri let alone your work speaks loud and clear. You run deep. When we finished I was still absorbing the journey we took and also taking in the koha you had just given.
Bro I actually felt we were in a realm at the time. Thank you bro, it took me home.