Absolutely mesmerizing with their rich history which dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, the intricate Deq traditional tattoo designs are literally fading into the past.
Preserving them forever in our visual memory, photographer Murat Yazar captures images of the traditional Kurdish and Arabic people concentrated in southeast Turkey who participated in the ancient tradition of Deq tattoos. Various tribal designs symbolize spirituality as well as protection and good fate and were created using human breast milk, lampblack and animal gall in a specialized mixture.
Over time, these traditional tattoo designs have begun to fade into the aged skins of the wearers, and the tradition itself has begun to fade as newer generations choose to forgo this ritual, slowly making the artistically symbolic expression of Deq tattoos a thing of the past.
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