Beauty and pain of Algeria’s tattooed old ladies: Women were forced to have their FACES inked as children ‘to look pretty’ – but are now wracked with guilt after being told markings are a crime against Islam

Among the Chaouia people of the Aures mountains, a woman’s beauty used to be judged by her tattoos.

The women are now old, their wrinkles and fading tattoos telling of a lifetime of experience, but they talk as if they’re still 20 inside.

‘It was the rule, it was fashionable too,’ said Fatma Tarnouni, 106. ‘To be beautiful, you had to be tattooed, so I did it.’

Tatooed Muslim

  • Frances

    Their story should be widely circulated amongst all those who think tattoos are cool. Great when you are young, but not so great when you become a wrinkley

  • mobuyus

    Now the fuckers are going after old ladies, where the fuck does this end?

  • G

    “fading tattoos telling of a lifetime of experience, but they talk as if they’re still 20 inside”

    Ssssuuuurrre they do. (Ooooo my heart is all a-flutter.)
    Another moronic journalist, trying to write some touchy feely crap instead of reporting facts.