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Tattooed women of Turkey
When Ayse Yusufoglu was a girl, she and her friends in southeast Turkey tried to win the hearts of young men in their village using breast milk and soot to tattoo themselves.
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Hedla Gocmen rocks her granddaughter's cradle at their home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town...
Mardin, Turkey
Hedla Gocmen rocks her granddaughter's cradle at their home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe
Hedla Gocmen rocks her granddaughter's cradle at their home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe,...
Mardin, Turkey
Ayse Yusufoglu poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey, November 21, 2017. When Yusufoglu was a girl, she and her friends in southeast Turkey tried to win the hearts of young men in their village using breast milk and soot.

Mixing the two ingredients, and wielding a simple needle, they applied traditional tattoos to their faces, legs and hands. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Hulu Aydogdu, 87, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern...
Sanliurfa, Turkey
Hulu Aydogdu poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Hulu Aydogdu, 87, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province of Sanliurfa, Turkey. The girls tattooed simple designs from the world around them - the sun, the moon and household goods like a comb. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Hulu Aydogdu, 87, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern...
Sanliurfa, Turkey
Hulu Aydogdu (87) poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern...
Hulu Aydogdu, 87, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province of Sanliurfa, Turkey. As was their custom, they collected the soot from the bottom of cooking pots used on wood fires, and mixed it with breast milk from a mother feeding an infant girl. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, and her sister Duri Yusufoglu, 82, (R) show their relatives how to apply a tattoo...
Mardin, Turkey
Ayse Yusufoglu and her sister Duri Yusufoglu show their relatives how to apply a tattoo at their home...
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, and her sister Duri Yusufoglu, 82, (R) show their relatives how to apply a tattoo at their home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Fatma Dogru, 70, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Sanliurfa, Turkey
Fatma Dogru poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Fatma Dogru, 70, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province of Sanliurfa, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Fatma Dogru, 70, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Sanliurfa, Turkey
Fatma Dogru poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Fatma Dogru, 70, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province of Sanliurfa, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, and her sister Duri Yusufoglu, 82, show their relatives how to apply a tattoo at...
Mardin, Turkey
Ayse Yusufoglu and her sister Duri Yusufoglu show their relatives how to apply a tattoo at their home...
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, and her sister Duri Yusufoglu, 82, show their relatives how to apply a tattoo at their home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Senem Dogru, 80, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Sanliurfa, Turkey
Senem Dogru (80) poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Senem Dogru, 80, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province of Sanliurfa, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Senem Dogru, 80, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Sanliurfa, Turkey
Senem Dogru poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Senem Dogru, 80, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province of Sanliurfa, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, and her sister Duri Yusufoglu, 82, laugh as they speak about their tattoos at their...
Mardin, Turkey
Ayse Yusufoglu and her sister Duri Yusufoglu laugh as they speak about their tattoos at their home in...
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, and her sister Duri Yusufoglu, 82, laugh as they speak about their tattoos at their home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, and her sister Duri Yusufoglu, 82, show their relatives how to apply a tattoo at...
Mardin, Turkey
Ayse Yusufoglu and her sister Duri Yusufoglu show their relatives how to apply a tattoo at their home...
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, and her sister Duri Yusufoglu, 82, show their relatives how to apply a tattoo at their home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Hatice Demircan, 80, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern...
Sanliurfa, Turkey
Hatice Demircan poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Hatice Demircan, 80, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province of Sanliurfa, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Rabia Cimtay, 75, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern...
Sanliurfa, Turkey
Rabia Cimtay poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province...
Rabia Cimtay, 75, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Kisas village in southeastern province of Sanliurfa, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe,...
Mardin, Turkey
Ayse Yusufoglu poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe
Ayse Yusufoglu, 84, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Hedla Gocmen, 62, poses as she shows her tattoos in front of her home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe,...
Mardin, Turkey
Hedla Gocmen poses as she shows her tattoos in front of her home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe
Hedla Gocmen, 62, poses as she shows her tattoos in front of her home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Zehra Karaaslan, 62, poses in front of her home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern...
Mardin, Turkey
Zehra Karaaslan poses in front of her home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe
Zehra Karaaslan, 62, poses in front of her home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Hedle Ertas, 84, shows her tattoos on her feet as she sits in her garden in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe,...
Mardin, Turkey
Hedle Ertas shows her tattoos on her feet as she sits in her garden in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe
Hedle Ertas, 84, shows her tattoos on her feet as she sits in her garden in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Duri Yusufoglu, 82, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe,...
Mardin, Turkey
Duri Yusufoglu poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe
Duri Yusufoglu, 82, poses as she speaks about her tattoos at her home in Alakus village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Hedle Ertas, 84, poses in her garden in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province...
Mardin, Turkey
Hedle Ertas poses in her garden in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe
Hedle Ertas, 84, poses in her garden in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
TURKEY-BREASTMILK/TATTOO
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December 07, 2017
Azize Turan, 75, poses as she speaks about her tattoos in front of her home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe,...
Mardin, Turkey
Azize Turan poses as she speaks about her tattoos in front of her home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe...
Azize Turan, 75, poses as she speaks about her tattoos in front of her home in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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