Old Woman With Tattoo

Older woman with tattoo

The tattoo was seen on her arms

Shot at a small village in Tinglayen, Philippines.

Older women in this province are tattooed on their arms. This was an endemic folkway. The meaning is 'beautiful'. An older woman I met in the village acquired a tattoo also. Both of her arms were filled with the tattoo.

Yet the most interesting thing for me was not the tattoo. Surprisingly, she didn't mind to be seen her upper body. Even I approached her, she didn't move and kept relaxing. To be seen naked body seemed not to be an embarrassing thing for the old locals.

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Photo No.
2390
Shooting Date
Sep 2008
Posted On
January 13, 2009
Place
Tinglayen, Philippines
Genre
Portrait Photography
Archive
JAN 2009 PEOPLE PHILIPPINES
Camera
CANON EOS 1V
Lens
EF85MM F1.2L II USM
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