An African folk tale says the black stripes on a cheetah's face are tears; they cry because they are not like other big cats. (Nope, they're not --- Cheetahs are the fastest! So, no need for tears, pal.
Cheetah: "This Superb Photograph shows clearly the "Teardrop" effect of the black lines running down the animal's beautiful face. The word: "Cheetah" is derived from Hindi; in turn: From Sanskrit meaning: "Variegated.
The use of bold lines combined with the repetition of specific design motifs distinguishes Maori tattoo designs. What makes Moko so unique is the fact that not only were the faces tattooed but the skin was cut to make parallel ridges and grooved scars.