Africa - Tattoowise
Ethiopia, near bahar dar, portrait of woman with tattoo
The Fulani are one of the many ethnic groups that live in the South of Mali.
Beauty is a very important issue,especially for the Fulani women.
A distinguishing feature of a Fulani woman is her lips, which are many times a blackish color from the use of Henna or tattooing done on her mouth.
Datoga Warrior at the Mangola's market Lake Eyasi Tanzania
The Toposa are one of the biggest tribal groups living in the south eastern border area of South Sudan. They live in well organised villages, with different houses for dry and rainy season, granaries, where they not only keep their supllies but also their jewelry. Traditionally, the men only wear a piece of cloth draped over the body, while the women have different types of leather skirts, depending on their age and marital status. These skirts are also different if the women are working or for festive occasions. They are embellished with different coloured beads. Both men and women adorn their bodies with scarifications.
Three random tattoo ideas
Classic Indian cycle. Needs to be seen in larger version.
Introducing my CAM (create-a-monster) sea monster, Kahurangi-o-te-Moana
Her name means "jewel of the sea" in Maori. It is pronounced "KAH-who-rahng-ee aw teh MAW-ah-nuh".
She is the daughter of the taniwha
, a kind of sea/river monster from Maori mythology. Some taniwha
("TAH-nee-fah") are mean and like to eat people; others are nicer and act as kaitiaki
(guardians) of the land and its people.
I am intending to paint her arm tentacles and leg fins. Her moko kauae
(female chin tattoo) was just done in photoshop, but I might try to actually paint one on her at some point. I'm not sure I have the skills for that, though.
I would love to get her a traditional Maori outfit, but I'll need to find a doll that's about the right size first. I'll have to go browse through some of the tourist souvenir shops next time I'm in the city. In the meantime, she's wearing Ghoulia's Gloom Beach outfit, mainly because it's mostly red, black and white, which are the primary colors in Maori art.
I love her wig. It makes me think of seaweed floating in the water or something. It's the right color for a Maori chick, too. ;-)