Genital tattooing

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Practice of placing permanent marks under the skin of the genitals in the form of tattoos.

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Form of body modification made by inserting tattoo ink, dyes, and/or pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to form a design.

A realism styled tattoo depicting an owl and dreamcatcher.
A sailor's forearm tattooed with a rope-and-anchor drawing, against the original sketch of the design
An example of a tattoo design
Application of a tattoo to a woman's foot
Spanish depiction of the tattoos (patik) of the Visayan Pintados ("the painted ones") of the Philippines in the Boxer Codex (c.1590), one of the earliest depictions of native Austronesian tattoos by European explorers
A Māori chief with tattoos (moko) seen by Cook and his crew (drawn by Sydney Parkinson 1769), engraved for A Journal of a Voyage to the South Seas by Thomas Chambers
Tattooing among women of the Koita people of Papua New Guinea traditionally began at age five and was added to each year, with the V-shaped tattoo on the chest indicating that she had reached marriageable age. Photo taken in 1912.
An identification tattoo on a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp
Tattoo marking a deserter from the British Army; skin removed post-mortem
Tattooed lip makeup
Medical tattoo: blood type
Samoan pe'a, traditional male tattoos
Whang-od, the last mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) of the Kalinga in the Philippines, performing a traditional batek tattoo.
Giolo (real name Jeoly) of Miangas, who became a slave in Mindanao, and bought by William Dampier together with Jeoly's mother, who died at sea. Jeoly was exhibited in London in 1691 to large crowds as a sideshow, until he died of smallpox three months later.
A portrait of Omai, a tattooed Raiatean man brought back to Europe by Captain James Cook.
A 19th century drawing of a tattooed Bosnian Croat woman.
Sailor being tattooed by fellow sailor aboard USS New Jersey in 1944
Fred Harris, Tattoo Studio, Sydney, 1937
Artists place the artwork on the body in the form of a stencil to guide the process.
A two coil tattoo machine
Mrs. M. Stevens Wagner with arms and chest covered in tattoos, 1907
An 1888 Japanese woodblock print of a prostitute biting her handkerchief in pain as her arm is tattooed. Based on historical practice, the tattoo is likely the name of her lover.
Wilfrid Derome Tatto Collection, 1925
Latin Kings gang member showing his gang tattoo
Modern tattoo artist's nitrile gloves and sterilized equipment
Decal temporary ambigram tattoo Love / eros, on wrists
A henna temporary tattoo being applied
Dermatitis due to a temporary tattoo (dolphin) made with black henna
A Christian couple with matching cross symbol tattoos to associate with their faith
Keloid formation at the site of a tattoo

Genital tattooing


The vulva (plural: vulvas or vulvae; derived from Latin for wrapper or covering) consists of the external female sex organs.

Vulvas of different women (pubic hair removed in some cases)
Labeled image of a vulva, showing external and internal views
Vulva with visible parts of the clitoris and the parts lying under the skin
Muscles underlying the vulva and perineum
The length of the labia minora varies significantly between women: while the labia majora completely enclose the labia minora in some women (top row), in other women they protrude and are clearly visible in upright standing position (bottom row). Colloquially, these variations of the labia are also referred to as "innies" and "outies".
Genital tubercle of female at fourteen weeks
Development of genitals showing homologues from indifferent at A to both sexes - female on right
Development of genitals showing homologues from indifferent to both sexes
Non-aroused vulva on the left and a sexually aroused vulva on the right with enlarged and shiny labia minora from vaginal lubrication and vasocongestion
Water warts of molluscum contagiosum
Pubic hair with crab lice
The Labia pride movement resents the ideals of female cosmetic genital surgeries: The Muff March in London, 2011
Female genital piercings include the Nefertiti piercing central and the Christina piercing pictured on either side
Derived from traditional symbols, Hanabira scarification is intended to decorate the pubic area
A gynaecological examination being carried out in 1822
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi with vulva portrayal
Glans clitoris with small distance to the opening
Glans clitoris with medium distance to the opening
Lack of contact of the clitoral glans with the penis
Contact of the clitoral glans with the penis with small CUMD
Classification of the 200 women into CUMD categories
Selection of women studied and interviewed
Vulva handsign used as a yogic mudra
Attic red-figure lid. Three female organs and a winged phallus.
Yoni at Mahadev temple
Glans clitoris with medium distance to the opening

Other forms of permanent modifications of the vulva for cultural, decorative or aesthetic reasons are genital tattoos or scarification (so-called "hanabira").

Genital modification and mutilation

The terms genital modification and genital mutilation can refer to permanent or temporary changes to human sex organs.

FGM in Africa, Iraqi Kurdistan and Yemen, as of 2015 (map of Africa)
Vulva with labia minora surgically removed
Clitoral hood reduction
Penis before and after circumcision
Male circumcision prevalence (not rate) by country according to the World Health Organization's 2007 review of the global trends and determinants of prevalence, safety, and acceptability of circumcision
The Greek poet Anacreon (582–485 BCE), showing
Male genital area after partial penectomy

Genital piercings and genital tattooing may be performed for aesthetic reasons, but piercings have the benefit of increasing sexual pleasure for the pierced individual or their sex partners.