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BOLD & BEAUTIFUL: WOMEN'S TATTOOS OF COASTAL PAPUA NEW GUINEA | | LARS KRUTAK
INSET: The gorgeous Motu village of Tubuseria. Field research for this article would not have been possible without the assistance of journalist David Lornie and Nata Richards (Hula). I thank you both! Article © 2018 Lars Krutak PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG) is the second largest island in the world. Although it is roughly the size of California, it is one of the most rural countries on the planet and only 18 percent of its six million inhabitants live in urban areas. Incredibly, over 800 indigenous languages are spoken in PNG: a statistic that accounts for 1/5 of the world's total. Just as PNG is linguistically diverse, it is also an ecological and geographical wonder. From snow-capped peaks reaching heights of 14,793 feet, to steamy rain-soaked jungles and volcanically active islands, PNG is a virtual treasure trove of natural beauty waiting for the intrepid traveler. But it is also one of the final frontiers of women's tribal tattooing culture. And as far back as the old men and women can