13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Old Tattooed Chin Lady

Chin tribe women wear traditional facial and neck tattoos as a form of inter-tribal branding. This dates back centuries when the kidnapping of women between tribes got out of control. The face band was the answer, and became a form of adornment and pride.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Mindat, Myanmar
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Matty Karp