Traditional North African Tattoos?

Check out this neat photo from Christine at Utility Company in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). I don’t know the story behind the photo, but I really love the mix of traditional tattoos, traditional piercings, and modern piercings on top of that.

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Shannon Larratt is the founder of BME (1994) and its former editor and publisher. After a four year hiatus between 2008 and 2012, Shannon is back adding his commentary to ModBlog. It should be noted that any comments in these entries are the opinion of Shannon Larratt and may or may not be shared by LLC or the other staff or members of BME. Entry text Copyright © Shannon Larratt. Reproduced under license by LLC. Pictures may be copyright to their respective owners. You can also find Shannon at Zentastic or on Facebook.

2 thoughts on “Traditional North African Tattoos?

  1. The following comments were imported from our old comment system:

    Posted on 02-27-2006 22:29:25 by Dan
    Ohhh, that’s “my shop”! I love Christine, and the tattooist Andy is great.

    Posted on 02-28-2006 00:17:36 by adwa
    i think she is ethiopian or eritrian. i am ethiopian and many of the older women in my family including my grandmother has this neck tattoo called netela (also on her hands and ethiopian characters on her arms). her mother tattooed her and was heavily tattooed herself. many east african women get these tattoos and even crosses and other designs in there faces

    Posted on 02-28-2006 14:46:45 by Z.
    Her tattoo on her neck is really something. Thanks for the information adwa, all interesting.

  2. I thought netela was a form of textile worn on the head & n’qisate was the name for the tattoo on the neck? A tattoo that is claimed by tradition to of been worn by the queen of Sheba? Though I am willing to be corrected on it! :)

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