Tattooing has long been a custom for both Bedouin men and women. Today, the old style can still be seen over the hands and faces of older men and women, and it is very common for young men to still get tattooed with modern designs on their upper and lower arms.

The tradition of hand poked tattooing that once dotted the faces and hands of the women seems to be dying away, as only the older generation still carry the designs. I have not noticed traditional style tattoos on any women who appeared to be under 40 years of age.

Wade from Vagabond in Petra, Jordan - May 2009

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