Tattoos and TravelI do not usually walk around in public in short sleeve shirts. To do so would bring entire cities to a halt in some parts of the world. I remember one time in Calcutta when I left my hotel in a sleeveless shirt and became an attraction for a crowd of hundreds of [...]
Tattoos and Travel
I do not usually walk around in public in short sleeve shirts. To do so would bring entire cities to a halt in some parts of the world. I remember one time in Calcutta when I left my hotel in a sleeveless shirt and became an attraction for a crowd of hundreds of Indians. This was the last time that I ever did this. I do not often try to hide my tattoos, but I do not show them off either.
Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Sanliurfa, Turkey- April 9, 2009
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Tattooing is perceived differently in different places. In the West, people seem to think that I am some kind of criminal or perhaps a party animal – I am neither. In the East, I become a sort of foreign oddity. The tattoos attract attention, and in Asia this attention is 90% benevolent inquisitiveness. People are drawn to the tattoos that start on my fingers and hands and work their way up my arms and over my body, and I try to use them as a device to initiate conversation and act as a catalyst to get to know the people whose country I am traveling through.
People often seem to be just as interested in me as I am of them. We look each other over and ask each other questions in a mutual exchange of inquiry. This was not the intention behind me tattooing myself, but it has become a good side effect.
This man has traditional Muslim tattoos over his hands, lower arms, temples, and a dot on the end of his nose. We showed each other our tattoos, as they served as a catalyst for our conversation.
Man with traditional Muslim tattoos on hands, lower arms, and face.
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