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Tattooed women of Turkey

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

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

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
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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

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...more

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
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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

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....more

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
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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

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...more

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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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

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

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
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Hedle Ertas, 84, poses in her garden in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Hedle Ertas, 84, poses in her garden in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Hedle Ertas, 84, poses in her garden in Dikmen village near Kiziltepe, a town in southeastern province of Mardin, Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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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

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

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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