Worldly Wednesday: Tats

‘Tis Wednesday, when I serve up some words with international flavor, or anything that has to do with the world. Like globes. Or chins. Most people in the world have chins.

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I recently watched an interesting National Geographic show on this thing called a TV. The show was called Taboo: Tattoo. Ha. Funny title, huh? NEways, it was 45 minutes of one cool tat after the other.

Did you know there are tattoo competitions? Did you know that if you see a certain tattoo on a man’s hand in Malaysia–it means he’s chopped off someone’s head? Did you know a Maasai toddler’s rite of passage is cutting designs into his face? I find it all fascinating. SO, take a trip with me around the world and we’ll see how different tats can represent culture. Can you guess where each person came from?

A.)

B.)

C.)

D.)

E.)

F.)


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H.) (Photo by Sven Rudolph Jan)

I.)

Did you get them all?

Answers:

A.) Hawaiin/Polynesian

B.) Irish

C.) Indian or North African

D.) Russian

E.) Maasai people of Kenya/North Tanzania

F.) USA

G.) Head hunter from Malaysia

H.) Papua New Guinea

I.) Japanese

Tell me:

Do you think a tattoo says something about a culture . . . or sub-culture? Have you seen any cool tattoos lately?

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