Tribal Tattoos are no longer as prolific in New Guinea as they used to be. New Guinea Tattoos are however an interesting form of oceanic art and as the tradition of tribal tattoos dies out the tribal designs are in danger of becoming lost. The Papua New Guinea tattoos featured here come from the Siassi Island and Kilinge Area in West New Britain.
Papua New Guinea Tattoos of some groups such as the Motu and Collingwood Bay are quite well documented but the facial Tattoos of the Kilinge and Kombe are poorly represented.
From what I have been told in the field most Papua New Guinea tattoos in the modern day are done with a needle and the black core of a carbon battery.
As this is probably the last generation of Kilinge / Kombe women to be adorned with there traditional tribal tattoos and I though I should load it onto the web in the hopes that it is found by future generations of New Guinea people wishing to know what there New Guinea tattoos looked like.
Tribal Tattoos in this area are not limited to women, but it is more dominant on women with the majority of men having smaller lesser tattoos designs predominantly on the arms and chest.
Unfortunately as the West embraces the designs of tribal tattoos the people of New Guinea themselves often mock the older generation for following what they consider to be outdated traditions.
It is not only tribal tattoos that are being lost other traditions such as slitting ears for female initiation are also soon to be redundant in New Guinea.
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