Mentawai Beautification

I am totally jonesing for the release of photographer and roaming explorer Lars Krutak’s new book “Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos and Scarification” to come out on Edition Reuss this September. Here’s another image to tease you into the same anticipation as I feel, from his 2007 visit with the the Mentawai, whose beautification includes not just the “titi” (their word for tattoos), but also sharpened teeth… You’d think sharpened teeth would look monstrous and frightening, but with a big happy grin like she has, they actually look terrifically friendly!


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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.

One thought on “Mentawai Beautification

  1. Oooh, I love sharpened teeth! My canines on both top & bottom have always been elongated & sharp, like to the point where multiple people have asked me if I’m wearing halloween fangs. I was inspired to sharpen my second incisors when I was 14 or 15 after seeing Interview With a Vampire, lol. Silly reason at the time, but they look awesome and I’ve never regretted it :D

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