THE HISTORY OF TATTOO IS HARD TO RECOUNT EVENTHOUGH IT’S AN ANCESTRAL PRACTICE WE CAN’T PLACE IT’S ORIGIN.
Tattoo is a symbole of suggested erotism whom berbers women behold the secret since a long time. it’s an aesthetics where
every line, every circle, every design has it’s role. on the forehead the tattoo get the eye browse closer, get them longer and
gives to the lokk a ceratin depth that makes forget the imperfections of the face. when tattoo is on the chin and neck it hiddes the wrinkles.
when it goes on the birth of the cheast it suggets hidden sensual pleasur. all over the face it’s an erotical mask.
But throught out history we learn taht tattoo is more than a quest of physical perfection or a weapon of seduction. it was also a sign of identification
to a tribe or a social group. In a mixed marocco because of migrations and nomadism, memebers of a tribe or a region would
wear to show their membership; those marks would also be found on jewelry and carpets.
But the diference is that nowadays one choses it’s tribe: the tribe of the tattooed persons. And those tattooed persons wheter they chose
maoris designs or figuratives ones, have in common that they want to scream out loud their refusal of the social body.
They also ask for the respect of their individuality and the will to preserve it while living in the group.
In the 1960’s the west has chosen to adopt thise culture. The revolt of all a generation has used it to express it refusal of “way of life ” of 1950’s
still today it’s a way of expiation. the dozens of clients getting tattooed by Mochine and his few fellow members share this same probleme.
And without any other way to outlet frustrations, this practice can be seen as a quest for one’s self and profound identity even in
an unconscious way.
It is no more question of the easthetical and seducive purposes of the hena tattoos. but the visible expression of pain like in the ancient marocco.
the materialization of the drama on oneself by using tattoo was the case of thousands of bebers women in the time of the resistance to the arabo-muslim
conquest. A women who has just lost her husband would tattoo their chins from one ear to the other (symbolizing the beard of the husnand). And those whom
the husband was in prison would tattoo rings on their wrists. tattoo was a refusal of the other in its capicity of destruction. those pratice have lasted for centuries
untill the middle of the last century was still a mark of belonging to a tribe or a region. the other expression like pain had almost disepear.
In the muslim marocco tattoo is mutilation so a sin.