Tattoo saloon in AA
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 28, 2013 11:25 AM Last Post By: gwaan
Dec 21, 2012 10:32 AM
Tattoo saloon in AAHello, dear travelers!
Can you help me to find information about tattoo-salons in Addis Ababa. What about prices? Hygienic conditions? Famous masters in the city?
Dec 21, 2012 1:56 PM
Dec 22, 2012 2:34 AM
Dec 22, 2012 4:13 AM
3OK. Fine. Tatoos are not popular here as they are elsewhere except in the cases of Orthodox Christians some of whom mark their faces and hands to signify their devotion. These are almost always hom- made and I have never seen a parlour here although I am sure some exist.
Just be careful. New needle and ink and all that jazz.
Dec 22, 2012 8:06 AM
Don't worry about me, I got a tattoo in many countries :) Now I need one more from Ethiopia.
Jan 21, 2013 5:28 AM
5Well, Ethiopians are not keen on tatoos ( they may even frown upon farenjis who have tatoos)
in fact as cameroni said, only Orthodox Christians, and the really devout ones, may tatoo their necks (and chin) with crosses (it is women who do this, not men as far as I can tell).
And it is something people do at home. No such thing as a tatoo parlour
Jan 23, 2013 2:09 PM
6I'll have to disagree here... Tattoos in Addis are "thing"... There are dozens of tattoo places in town, mainly in the Bole and Haya Hulet area. Quite a few of my Ethiopian colleagues, male and female, have tattoos. They are discreet, true enough, but they don't particularly hide them either. Top points go for modern / detailed pics of Maryam, or of funky interpretations of Orthodox crosses, and the odd Lion of Judah.
I personally don't like tattoos, but I'd say go for it!
Jan 23, 2013 9:51 PM
wow that is totally new for me, most Ethiopians I know who have seen farenjis with tattoos have reacted in what I could only describe as contempt or disgust
the visa lady at Ethiopian embassy in Nairobi of course has her face covered with crosses, but those are simple, home made ones
she also speaks no English, other than "no possible" and "go away"
Jan 28, 2013 11:25 AM
8Ha! Like the imfamous lady at Room 81 of Immigration in Addis, with Bible verses in Ge'ez tattooed all over the right hand! Curiously, she also seems to limit her words to "not possible" or "go to Room 80, where the answer tends to be the same or with the confusing "go back to Room 81".
I agree that many (most) Ethiopians find the modern concept of a tattoo somewhat reprehensible, but I was quite surprised too to discover that quite a few " young modern urbanites" (for the sake of a profile) actually have some. I'm talking teachers, admin.
The way i see it, Ethiopia has a well established tattoo tradition from the Christian highlands (the homemade type, but a tattoo nonetheless!), so it would seem natural that it somehow blends into the modern urban scene...
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