Among the Chaouia people of the Aures mountains, a woman’s beauty used to be judged by her tattoos. The women I met are now old, their wrinkles and fading tattoos telling of a lifetime of experience, but they talk as if they’re still 20 inside.
"It was the rule, it was fashionable too,” said Fatma Tarnouni, 106. “To be beautiful, you had to be tattooed, so I did it."
My own grandmother had a tattoo on her hand so meeting these women reminded me of her. It felt like I was going back in time when I heard these stories.