Tattooed Face

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© David Lazar
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UploadedApril 1, 2010
TakenFebruary 13, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D700
Exposure1/50 sec at f/3.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length56 mm
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Tattooing the faces of young women is a tradition that after many centuries in Myanmar has now come to an end. Beautiful girls from villages in the Chin state had their faces tattooed in order to taint their beauty and stop men from other tribes and kingdoms unwillingly taking them away and forcing them to marry. Over time, it became a tradition in this region for ladies to have their faces tattooed regardless of any potential danger, but now the practice has completely stopped, with only a few last remaining generations of tattooed ladies existing today.

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  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (1 Apr 2010):

    It is sad that they have this tradition.I'm glad that they will no longer practice them. This is a winning theme entry, David. My vote!

  • Roberto de Andrade

    Roberto de Andrade said (1 Apr 2010):

    Terrific portrait, v good expression!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (1 Apr 2010):

    WOW! This is a very original entry. Very sad. My vote.

  • Poun

    Poun (Deleted) gave props (10 Apr 2010):

    Gorgeous portrait! Got my vote.

  • rachelrobichaux

    rachelrobichaux gave props (12 Apr 2010):

    definitely voted. you have the best gallery on this entire website

  • Brandon Pendred

    Brandon Pendred said (12 Apr 2010):

    beautiful photograph!

  • ashton gosnell

    ashton gosnell gave props (12 Apr 2010):


  • Archana R Jarajapu

    Archana R Jarajapu gave props (12 Apr 2010):

    Everyone else has taken the words out of my hypothetical mouth. It has my humble vote.

  • Renee Boyce

    Renee Boyce said (13 Apr 2010):


  • Anthony Cronin

    Anthony Cronin (Deleted) gave props (13 Apr 2010):

    superb portrait and back story - gets my vote

  • Dianna Rojas

    Dianna Rojas gave props (14 Apr 2010):

    wonderful portrait great entry !

  • Nicole Lee

    Nicole Lee gave props (15 Apr 2010):

    great portrait and I appreciate the background

  • Elijah Matthew

    Elijah Matthew gave props (15 Apr 2010):

    deep.. very deep!

  • rory adityawan

    rory adityawan gave props (16 Apr 2010):

    i vote this.. and everyone should... perfect for the theme...!!!

  • Michael Edelstein

    Michael Edelstein said (17 Apr 2010):

    amazing portrait...

  • Danny Monster

    Danny Monster gave props (18 Apr 2010):


  • Gabriele Orlini

    Gabriele Orlini (Deleted) gave props (20 Apr 2010):

    Fantastic view

  • M Aragon

    M Aragon (Deleted) gave props (20 Apr 2010):

    gets my vote!

  • Xaris Villa

    Xaris Villa said (20 Apr 2010):

    Woah. Amazing. This really feels traditional - whoever said that face tattoos weren't beautiful? AMAZING! I hope you win!

  • Alexander Shahmiri

    Alexander Shahmiri gave props (21 Apr 2010):

    this is an absolutely amazing photo. the color quality is incredible.

  • Yves Harnois

    Yves Harnois gave props (28 Apr 2010):

    Interesting lighting for this beautiful portrait ! I like alot the simplicity ! my vote

  • Jennifer Dunkley

    Jennifer Dunkley (Deleted) gave props (3 May 2010):


  • Marie Wengler

    Marie Wengler gave props (2 Jun 2010):

    Amazing face! Great portrait!

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (5 Jun 2010):

    fantastic portrait of a beautiful lady, with or without the tattoos. Wonderful to share this time-worn tradition as it goes extinct. Voted!

  • Giselle Goloy

    Giselle Goloy gave props (25 Jun 2010):

    amazing portraiture.

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (22 Jul 2010):

    Wonderful that you caught that. Great portrait.

  • Hussain Al-Ahmed

    Hussain Al-Ahmed said (23 Sep 2010):


  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (14 Feb 2011):

    At first sight, I thought it's wrinkle

  • M Daniel

    M Daniel gave props (28 May 2011):


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