Pants Tattoos. This is the Part 6 of Burmese Tattoos article by Guest Author
- Burmese Tattoos – Part 1
- Burmese Tattoos – Part 2
- Burmese Tattoos – Part 3
- Burmese Tattoos – Part 4
- Burmese Tattoos – Part 5
- Burmese Tattoos – Part 6
- Burmese Tattoos – Part 7
I will in the following briefly describe the facial and pants tattoo designs, their origins and the tattooing processes. As for the latter, I will, however, confine myself to the ‘technical’ part and not include other aspects such as the religious and ceremonial ones.
Pants tattoos found their way into what was much, much later to become Burma from China through Laos the Shan.
The name of this tattoo design is self-explanatory as it describes a tattoo; more precisely phrased a series of tattoos that once ready is covering just like short pants do the entire skin area from slightly below the kneecaps upwards to the waist.
Tattooing is always a painful affair but pants and facial tattoos are those that belong to the category extremely painful because they are (at least partly) placed on the human body’s most sensitive skin areas for which reason they cannot be completed within one single session. Also, in order to keep the perception of the near unbearable physical pain (especially when the highly sensitive areas of inner thighs, groyne, genitals and buttocks are tattooed) best possible at bay praying and meditating alone did (or do) not suffice. For this reason, the tattooed persons were allowed to smoke opium, what they did in considerable amounts.
The technique used by the tattooists was predominantly piercing with a smaller bamboo rod and the colour used for pants tattoos is exclusively a very dark, almost black, blue. The individual tattoo designs were chosen to completely fill the ‘pants area’ differ can also be used as a single/stand-alone design. Pants tattoos were the privilege of men.
First, the design is part by part drawn on the skin and then tracing the lines of this the tattoo is applied with the inked tip of the rod. The final step of this is to gently rub the ink into the skin. The completion of a pant tattoo in traditional fashion takes depending on the tattooed person’s pain tolerance usually 2 or more sessions stretching over weeks (if not months for one has to include the healing times into the schedule). The tattooed is often accompanied by friends to stretch the skin and give moral support.
Tattoos that were known to take a longer time to complete were usually made during the rainy season when no outside work can or needs to be done.
How intensive the pain inflicted during the process of tattooing and later during the healing process is. This is definitely unimaginable and known only by those courageous men who already went through this ordeal.
It does certainly require a vast amount of courage, superstitious-ness, willpower, religious belief and moral support to decide to voluntarily undergo the immensely painful procedure of getting oneself a pants tattoo or facial tattoo, for that matter, what brings as to the next topic, the full face tattoo. [End of Part 6, continued in Part 7]
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Guest Author @ TangyTalk: I am Markus Burman and am living since more than 25 years in Burma, since 1989 called Myanmar. I know the country, its people, culture and history very well what makes an authority on the subject of Burma/Myanmar. Born, educated and trained in Germany I have spent more than half of my professional life outside Germany. In 2012 I retired and turned full-time writer. Since then I divide my time between my family (wife, daughter, son in law and grandson) and my work as writer, which includes quite some travelling, researching and, yes, lots of writing.
I am writing exclusively on Burma and in my book series ‘This Is the Real Burma’ I have so far written and published four books in eBook format available on Amazon.