Persian Tattoos

Tattooing among Persians, especially among gypsies and nomads, goes back as far as the 19th century. In Iran, it was common for upper class women to have patterns adorn their hands and feet, to, in their belief, provide strength or protection.

Although the art of tattoo in the middle east is forbidden by religious scriptures, there are those who have a need or desire to get tattooed. Some see it as a way to allow themselves to get closer to God while others use it to mark a special meaning or time in their life, and some, simply find it beautiful.