What do you think of if I say "calendar girls/boys"? Sexualised pictures of naked women/fireman? Yeah, something like that. But not this time! This 2017 calendar from tattoo photographer Travelin' Mick, celebrates the history and sacred nature of tattoos.
Last week, the calendar was announced on Mick's Instagram: "The motto of my 2017 calendar is the beauty of traditional tattooing, reflecting a lifetime of experience on senior female ladies from around the world. Those inked girls deserve to be on covers worldwide! Available this weekend at the Berlin Tattoo Convention and after that in Stockholm, Shanghai, Aachen, London, Hong Kong, Delhi etc. DM me for details."
Above: "The Kutia Kondh are one of the forgotten ethnic minorities of India. Until very recently all women received elegant facial tattoos..."
Travelin’ Mick is a photographer of the world - he explores tattoo cultures and has a desire to raise awareness of tattooing's rich history. Tattoos have been so important to many cultures for thousands of years... Mick is here to tell us their stories.
For Mick, there is something beautiful to be captured from these communities... they mark their bodies with symbols just as we do, but perhaps for very different reasons.
Above: "Country life in Nepal. The Tharu have been living a peaceful life as farmers for centuries..."
You'll have to buy a calendar if you want to see what's inside! For now, here is some of Mick's beautiful photography, courtesy of his own Instagram, on which he is always sharing treasured stories and images from these usually closed communities. I feel privileged to have seen them - thank you Mick!
Above: "Tattoos are part of the traditional lifestyle that is slowly disappearing among the Tharu of southern Nepal..."
Above: "Only few outsiders have ever seen the mysterious peacock backpieces of the Tharu women of Nepal. Normally they keep these magic tattoos covered..."
Above: "Tharu great-grandmother. Among this ethnic group in the Terai area of Nepal several generations live together under one roof in a longhouse..."